Legislative session ends next week
The 2012 legislative session comes to an end next week at the State Capitol and unlike what we've grown used to in recent years, it's expected to be a quiet end to the session. Our Nick Reisman has a look at what lawmakers are trying to accomplish before they head home.
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NEW YORK STATE -- Lawmakers conclude the 2012 legislative session next week and unlike past years marked by late nights and mega deals on a variety of legislative, that's not expected to be the case at the Capitol.
“This past 18 months is very different than what it has been. And I think the contrast is stark and for some it is almost disquieting. I think this is how it is supposed to be,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
Cuomo is pushing for a bill that would overhaul reporting of abuse and neglect cases of the developmentally disabled, along with a measure that would decriminalize up to 25 grams of marijuana. Not expected to pass: An increase to the state's minimum wage.
“We don't believe it stimulates the economy, we think it's a hit on small business, we think it's very bad for small business,” Senator Tom Libous said.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver predicted in an interview on Capital Tonight this week that Senate Republicans will fold under political pressure and return to Albany over the summer to approve the wage hike.
“After November, you don't have the election pressure that may bring them to take it to a vote,” said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Lawmakers and the governor are also close on an agreement that would allow the disclosure of teacher evaluations on a limited basis to parents. If any deals are made, they must be agreed to by either Sunday or Monday in order to have the bills printed and age for three days on lawmakers' desks. Cuomo has no plans to waive that aging process.