Progress on key issues facing the state Legislature was made over the weekend as staff for the state Senate, Assembly and Gov. Andrew Cuomo discussed end-of-session legislation.
“The governor has spoken to the leaders multiple times and staff has been working around the clock on our legislative priorities,” said Rich Azzopardi, a senior advisor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “We’re making progress on all issues.”
Bills emerged over the weekend that included:
–An amended version of a key environmental bill, the Climate Change and Community Protection Act.
-A bill designed to bolster upstate casinos
-A bill that would expand labor rights for farm workers include collective bargaining, overtime and other benefits.
-Lawmakers also introduced a new version of a bill meant to broaden the definition of sexual harassment from “severe and pervasive” which advocates say is too narrow.
-And a revised version of a bill decriminalizing marijuana was also introduced overnight.
It’s not clear if all of these new measures represent agreements between the Senate, Assembly and governor.
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