As Senate Session Ends, Battles Continue

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

New York's legislative session comes to a close Thursday, and there's still plenty of unfinished business.



Marijuana Bill Sponsors Hold Private Meeting with Cuomo

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sponsors of a medical marijuana bill are holding out hope that it will pass before the legislative session ends.


New Jersey News

The Risks Parents Take to Get Their Kids Medical Marijuana

Friday, April 18, 2014


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.

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No More Outside Employment for Legislators, if Bill Passes

Monday, December 30, 2013

A New York state senator representing Midtown Manhattan wants to make it illegal for legislators to earn outside income.



No Deals Yet in Legislature, As End of Session Looms

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.


The Takeaway

Michigan House Passes Right-to-Work Law

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.

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The Empire

Issues Left Hanging as Session Ends

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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.

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Legislator Calls for Hearing on State Aid Suspension

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.

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It's A Free Country ®

The Cost of the Extra Days of Deliberations in Albany

Friday, June 24, 2011

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."


The Brian Lehrer Show

New Jersey's Tool Kit

Thursday, December 16, 2010

WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly gives an update of recent and upcoming legislative decisions in New Jersey. 

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Transportation Nation

Detroiters Wait To Hear Fate Of Proposed Bridge Project

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Ambassador Bridge. Image: (CC) by Flickr user mcclouds

(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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Talking Politics: Sausage Grinders

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.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Ed Koch: New York Uprising

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ed Koch, former mayor of New York City and U.S. Congressman, talks about his campaign to reform the New York State legislature.

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