A new law proposed by Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-Manhattan, would establish a universal right to legal counsel in federal immigration court proceedings for income-eligible New York residents and other immigrants whose court proceedings are determined to have a relevant connection with New York state.
In the midst of a battle between New York and its largest downstate utility providers that has resulted in at least two moratoriums on new energy connections and impacted businesses and families in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County, a state senator has introduced legislation that would prohibit utilities in New York state from imposing moratoriums on cities with more than 200,000 residents.
State senators on both sides of the political aisle have proposed amendments to a controversial criminal justice provision that would allow most misdemeanor and low-level felony offenders to stay out of jail while awaiting trial.
Property tax levy growth for school districts will be capped at 1.81 percent for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, down from a 2 percent cap in each of the two previous years, according to data released today by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
The state Assembly passed a package of legislation Tuesday that will create additional regulations and requirements for the limousine industry, on the same day an identical package was passed in the Senate.
The state Senate passed a series of uncontroversial bills in a short 15-minute session on Monday, approving legislation related to veterans services and public restrooms while clarifying legislative language on a number of earlier bills. The chamber will meet again Tuesday to consider a limousine safety package pushed by survivors of the 2018 Schoharie crash.
The state Assembly will consider 27 proposed bills on Wednesday, including measures related to prostitution, gender equity, personal and professional privacy, part-time employment, penalties for corporations and public officials, and more.
State senators passed a package of voting reforms on Thursday, adding to a series of reforms that was passed by a newly ascended Democratic majority during the 2019 legislative session. The new reforms include Automatic Voter Registration, early voting measures, voter notifications, and a requirement that college campuses with more than 300 registered voters be drawn into contiguous election districts and provided with their own polling places on campus grounds.