posted on March 12, 2013 10:58
A plan to figure out locations of three upstate casinos in the state budget is likely not to come to fruition.
Governor Cuomo says lawmakers in Albany remain at odds over how much influence the Legislature should have over the location of the casinos, and says any such agreement probably won't take place before the budget is passed.
Cuomo has said he wants the state gaming commission to decide on locations for potential new casinos, while many legislators say they want some input in the matter.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is pushing back against an injunction over the state's new gun-control law.
Schneiderman wants the injunction tossed, saying the NY SAFE Act was passed legally and claims that it is unconstitutional are incorrect.
A gun-rights group has filed an injunction over the law, saying legislators moved illegally and too quickly to pass the measure in January.
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says a bill that places a moratorium on hydrofracking is unnecessary.
Skelos says he will block a vote on the bill being pushed by the Republicans' co-leaders the IDC in the chamber that would place a four-year moratorium on the controversial natural gas drilling process.
Skelos says the issue of hydrofracking should remain where it stands, as Governor Cuomo awaits word from state environmental leaders on potential health and quality-of-life impacts of fracking to the state.
A new resolution out of the state would legalize online poker in New York.
A coalition of Republicans and Democrats are backing the one-house budget resolution, saying licensing fees for online poker alone could bring in $100 million to the state.
Such a move could potentially be realized thanks to a state court ruling that determined poker was a "game of skill" and not a currently illegal "game of chance."
New gun ranges in Western New York continue to plan their openings following the recent passage of gun control legislation in the state.
An indoor gun range is set to open in Depew in June, and officials in West Seneca will soon be discussing a proposed indoor range as well.
Current gun range owners say business has been picking up steadily since the NY SAFE Act was passed back in January.
The federal Department of Veterans Affairs says it won't follow a provision of New York's gun law which would require them to report the names of patients they believe may be a danger to themselves or others.
Veterans advocates say the provision would deter vets from seeking counseling to deal with post traumatic stress disorder or other problems. Under the law, the information would be used to guide officials in determining whether someone's license to own a gun should be revoked.
The VA does not have to comply with the law, since federal law supercedes state law under the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution.