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June 25, 2013

Albany session marked by deals, scandals


“There is a huge disconnect between Albany’s priorities and the priorities of the people I am serving,” Lopez said while traveling back to Albany on Monday afternoon from a meeting at the State University College at Oneonta.

Among Cuomo’s priorities that stalled out at the end of the session were his 10-point “women’s agenda,” which would have moved current abortion statutes from the Penal Law to the Public Health Law. Critics of the proposal said it would have allowed non-doctors to perform late-term abortions. Advocates said the current laws need to be codified in the event the U.S. Supreme Court reverses its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

The Senate passed the other nine points of the governor’s sse’s Equality Agenda. But Assembly Speaker Silver would not allow his house to take up the measures separately, insisting the 10-point package stay as one piece of legislation.

Thus, in the end, none of the proposals — including ones on which Democrats and Republicans agreed, such as stronger protections for victims of domestic violence — got through both houses. On Monday, Senate Republicans called on Silver to return his members to Albany so they could vote on the nine non-abortion bills that passed in the upper chamber.

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