State lawmakers remain hopeful in final days of legislative session

June 09, 2016 11:56 PM

ALBANY -There are just three days left in the legislative session for state lawmakers.

“There's no final decision on who's in who's out,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx)

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Governor Cuomo hoped a meeting with top lawmakers this afternoon would change that before the legislative session ends.

“We'll keep discussing them and we're hopeful we can get most of them done,” said Senate Coalition Leader Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx).

Assembly Speaker Heastie, Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Smithtown), and Klein hope to spur movement on major legislation.

That list includes bills concerning ethics reform, school funding and the heroin and opioid epidemic.

“How do you get people info treatment as quickly as possible without denials, with authorizations that last for more than say 24 hours,” said Flanagan.

Governor Cuomo released recommendations from his heroin and opioid task force following that meeting.

They include, removing insurance barriers and increasing access to treatment; expanding access to lifesaving overdose-reversal medication; mandated education on the risks of heroin and opioid abuse; and limiting the supply of opiate prescriptions.

“Limits short acting opioids to initial first-time patient who never had it to a seven-day supply which really helps address the unnecessary oversupply of opioids,” said Assemblyman John McDonald (D-Cohoes)

There isn't a question of whether bills will pass by the end of the session.

Lawmakers said they expect to see hundreds of bills move by then.

The issue is how effective those bills will be at addressing their top priorities and that's what is slowing down progress.

Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy is hopeful ride-sharing legislation will also be passed.

“Some of the insurance and the labor issues are still being discussed but I think we're addressing some of those,” Fahy said.

There are still no guarantees.

“Everything goes down to the wire here,” Fahy said.


Nia Hamm

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