Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Sponsors of a medical marijuana bill are holding out hope that it will pass before the legislative session ends.
Friday, April 18, 2014
By Sarah Gonzalez : Reporter, WNYC/NJPR
Delays in New Jersey's medical marijuana program have desperate parents importing it from other states, and making their own concoctions for young and disabled children.
Monday, December 30, 2013
By Annmarie Fertoli : Associate Producer at WNYC
A New York state senator representing Midtown Manhattan wants to make it illegal for legislators to earn outside income.
Friday, June 14, 2013
There are only four days left in the legislative session, and so far no agreements have been reached between Governor Cuomo and the state legislature on major issues.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Despite the shouts of angry union member protesters at rallies in Lansing yesterday, the Michigan Legislature approved the right-to-work legislation with a 58-to-52 vote by the House. Michigan House Republican Rick Olson discusses how this legislation passed and Joseph Slater, professor of law and values at the University of Toledo, explains how the decision fits into the context of union history in the United States.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
By Karen DeWitt : NYS Public Radio/WXXI
The legislative session that’s concluding in Albany seems to be more about what’s not getting done than what is getting accomplished. Agreements were not reached on several key issues.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
State Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz of Brooklyn is calling for a public hearing on the state education commissioner’s decision to suspend payments on federal grants that are meant to help boost results in struggling schools in New York City and nine other New York school districts.
Friday, June 24, 2011
By Alec Hamilton : Assistant Producer, WNYC News
When the New York State legislature passed the budget by their March 31 deadline, Governor Andrew Cuomo said it was an achievement.
"Tonight the Legislature not only passed an on-time budget, but a historic and transformational budget for the people of the state of New York," Governor Cuomo said. "It was an invaluable public service for the state government to 'function' so well at this difficult time."
On Wednesday, as lawmakers blew past the scheduled day of session on June 20 with major pieces of legislation still pending, Cuomo took a different tack on Albany's speed.
"If it takes a little bit more time, it takes a little bit more time," the governor told reporters. "I would much rather get it right than rush it."
Thursday, December 02, 2010
(Detroit -- Jerome Vaughn, WDET) Detroiters and their counterparts in Windsor, Ontario, Canada are waiting for Michigan legislators to determine the fate of a proposed border crossing.
Legislation supporting the Detroit River International Crossing will die in a state Senate committee unless it’s brought to the Senate floor today. The lame duck legislature is expected to adjourn later today.
A group of Senators is pushing to get the bridge plan out of committee--but they’re still not sure if they have the votes needed.
If the measure isn’t voted on today, new legislation will have to be written next year and a new group of legislators will have to determine whether the project is worthwhile.
Canadian officials have already approved the project and have even offered to help pay for Michigan’s construction costs. The Michigan House passed the bill in May.
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Gerald Benjamin, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Political Science, and Daniel Feldman, Associate Professor of Public Management at John Jay College, discuss their new book Tales from the Sausage Factory: Making Laws in New York State.