Oswego, NY – Dan Maffei says new rules to govern the financial industry should pass with less hassle than the health care bill. The state DEC is taking a considerable amount of time to write new rules to govern hydrofracking. These stories and more on the morning podcast.
Oswego, NY – Reproductive rights groups are praising national healthcare overhaul despite some restrictions it puts on abortion.
The current healthcare bill includes changes such as requiring women to sign up and pay separately for abortion coverage. Groups like Family Planning Advocates of New York State are trying to prevent these restrictions before they take effect in 2014.
Family Planning Advocates' Carol Blowers said on the Capitol Pressroom that she is hopeful lawmakers will pass the Reproductive Health Act.
Albany, NY – Earth Day celebrations will not be taking place at the New York State Capitol. Events originally slated for Wednesday were cancelled by Governor Paterson. Paterson told environmental groups that he's sorry he's had to close parks, and make other unpopular budget decisions, but he says the state is out of money.
Oswego, NY – With the healthcare debate over, attention in Congress begins to turn to other major issues. One of them is immigration reform. President Barack Obama has promised to make immigration overhaul happen this year.
Two of New York's federal lawmakers are providing insight to where the discussion is among Democrats. WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher reports.
Oswego, NY – Lawmakers on the State Senate's Agriculture Committee voted down the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act.
Among features of the bill, farmers would have had to pay over time to laborers who work more than 60 hours a week or 10 hours in a day and farm workers would gain the right to form a union if they work at the state's largest farms.
North Country state Sen. Darrel Aubertine is the chairman of the agriculture Committee and opposes the bill.