With six days left in the legislative session, the state Senate is sprinting through all sorts of legislation. The Senate active list features 85 bills that are quite frankly all over the place. Here's a few worth a glance.
There is a lot of work left to do on bills specific to localities around the state. One bill deals with bonds in Yonkers, while another the tax status of Crystal Lake Zen Community.
Other bills increase penalties for dangerous driving and establish new rules for sex offenders. There is also a bill that requires wrestling teams to participate in an online training course about the dangers or staph infections.
All of this legislation gets crammed through the Senate today with a lot more to follow in the remaining day — -and that is before we get to whatever "Big Ugly" deal regarding the major issues of the day like casinos, the women's equality agenda, ethics reform and campaign finance reform.
Those issues are likely being hashed out behind closed doors while rank-and-file legislators lend their votes to bills that may or may not become law.
Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in western New York promoting his Public Trust Act while his cabinet continues to push for his Tax-Free NY Initiative.
Reform groups are in Albany pushing for campaign finance reform. Transgender advocates and legislators will meet to push gender equality legislation and New Yorkers for Life will rally against the abortion plank of the Women's Equality Agenda.