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Today’s Lead: Albany Legislative Session Enters Final Hours

by David Howard King, Jun 19, 2014


Today is the last scheduled day of session this year for the New York State Legislature and the big news has more to do with what won’t pass than what will. A blame game continues over who or what killed negotiations over sweeping public campaign finance reform. A last-ditch meeting on the issue scheduled for Monday was abruptly cancelled. Both houses of the Legislature seem to be playing a game of chicken on the Women’s Equality Agenda as the abortion plank remains a sticking point. The DREAM act is dead in the water as is an education tax credit, but legislators remain hopeful they can pass a bill legalizing medical marijuana despite resistance from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Negotiations continue on teacher evaluations and legislation to clear up technical issues in the budget.

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