New York

Business - June 22 2015 | 06-19-2015

CO Court Upholds Medical Marijuana Card Holder Ruling The COLORADO Supreme Court upholds a lower court’s ruling that employers can fire workers for using medical marijuana even if they do it during off hours. The plaintiff, a quadriplegic medical...

Cuomo, Lawmakers Say Enough Is Enough | 06-19-2015

After a months-long campaign in which he turned to celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg and Lady Gaga to foster support, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reached a deal with lawmakers last week on his proposal to change how Empire State colleges and universities...

Education - June 22 2015 | 06-19-2015

NY Endorses SB 5965 University Sex Assault Bill The NEW YORK Assembly and Senate each endorse SB 5965, which would create a statewide definition of what constitutes consensual sexual activity at Empire State public and private colleges and universities...

Health & Science - June 22 2015 | 06-19-2015

NY Senate Approves AB 7060 The NEW YORK Senate approves AB 7060, legislation that would allow emergency access to medical marijuana for patients with illnesses like epilepsy. It moves to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for consideration (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET...

Social Policy - June 22 2015 | 06-19-2015

Supreme Court Refuses NC Appeal The United Stated Supreme Court declines to hear an appeal from NORTH CAROLINA officials seeking to revive a Tar Heel State law that required doctors to perform ultrasounds, display the resulting sonograms and describe...

Cuomo Goes Gaga | 06-12-2015

Politics definitely makes for some odd bedfellows. Case in point comes to us today via Billboard magazine, which this month features an op-ed piece from buttoned down New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the sartorially outrageous pop star Lady Gaga in support...

Health & Science - June 15 2015 | 06-12-2015

NY Approves AB 7060 The NEW YORK Assembly approves AB 7060, which would allow emergency access to medical marijuana for patients with illnesses like epilepsy. It is now in the Senate (ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE). FL Signs HB 751 FLORIDA...

Potpourri - June 15 2015 | 06-12-2015

The NEW YORK Assembly approves AB 7260, which would require state veterans affairs officials to develop plans for assisting veterans of military sexual trauma. The measure moves to the Senate (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). -- Compiled by RICH EHISEN

Governors In Brief - May 18 2015 | 05-15-2015

MA Denied Federal Money For Storm Recovery The Obama administration denied a request from MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) for additional federal money to help the Bay State cover the estimated $350 million incurred clearing snow, repairing damaged...

Budgets In Brief - May 18 2015 | 05-15-2015

NY Seeks Tax Credits for Education NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is seeking $150 million to provide tax credits for individuals and businesses that support public education, families with incomes of less than $60,000 per year that have children in...

Cuomo Pushes Raise For Fast Food Workers | 05-08-2015

Stymied by lawmakers in his effort to raise the statewide minimum wage, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said he will instead seek to raise the wage specifically for Empire State fast food workers. In an op-ed in the New York Times last Thursday, Cuomo...

Budgets In Brief - April 20 2015 | 04-17-2015

NY Budget Cap on Yachts As part of its recently passed state budget, NEW YORK capped sales taxes on yachts at 8.25 percent, or $18,975, in most counties, for the stated purpose of leveling the playing field with Florida and other states “so New...

Crime & Punishment - April 6 2015 | 04-03-2015

ID Endorses SB 1154 The IDAHO House and Senate endorse SB 1154, which would allow human trafficking victims to petition courts to vacate and expunge criminal records involving prostitution charges and other minor offenses that occurred during the period...

Budgets In Brief - April 6 2015 | 04-03-2015

Taxpayer Refunds for CO According to economic forecasts released last month, COLORADO will exceed its constitutional limit on tax collections under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights by $70-$220 million this fiscal year, triggering taxpayer refunds...

Governors In Brief - April 6 2015 | 04-03-2015

OK Issues EO 2015-17 OKLAHOMA Gov. Mary Fallin (R) issues Executive Order 2015-17, which creates a new executive panel designed to develop a plan for improving the range and quality of services for people with developmental disabilities (LEXISNEXIS...

Budgets In Brief - March 23 2015 | 03-20-2015

Internet Sales Tax Re-Introduced In Senate The Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), which would allow states to levy sales taxes on Internet transactions, has been re-introduced in the U.S. Senate. The MFA was approved by the previous, Democrat-controlled...

Cuomo Pushes to Raise NY Minimum Wage | 03-06-2015

New York Gov Andrew Cuomo (D) kicked off a statewide tour last week to promote his plan to raise the Empire State minimum wage to $10.50 per hour, which he said would lift 100,000 workers out of poverty and produce a $3 billion annual boost to the state’s...