posted on March 23, 2013 07:16
New York Considers opening DMVs on Saturdays and Evenings
New York is considering opening DMVs on Saturdays and evenings in an effort to reduce hectic lunch time hours spent in line.
The state’s budget would amend the Vehicle and Traffic law to allow for the changes to more convenient hours.
Governor Cuomo’s Administration plans to choose some DMV offices for the pilot program and if it works in selected counties, the hours could be extended statewide.
The new DMV program will also include self-serve kiosks for transactions and allow New Yorkers to reserve a place in line using their smart phones before coming to the office.
New Yok Gun Law Faces Legal Battle
New York's controversial new gun control legislation is now facing a legal fight.
A gaggle of state gun groups has filed suit against Governor Cuomo over the NY SAFE Act, saying they want the new law that regulates the sale of possession of firearms and ammunition declared unconstitutional.
The law bans the sale of magazines that hold more than seven rounds and closes loopholes on a previous assault weapons ban. The gun groups say the new law is too hard on law-abiding gun owners in the Empire State.
A portion of the new gun control legislation, though, could be pushed back.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says a plan to ban high-capacity magazines that can carry more than seven rounds currently set to begin April 15th could be suspended.
Such a move would come as lawmakers work to potentially eliminate the ban or ease it a bit to allow ten rounds.
State Senate Pushing to make it a Felony to Kill or Injure Police Animals
Some members of the state senate want to make it a felony to kill or injure police animals.
The proposal follows events last week in Herkimer County in which a gunman, 64-year-old Kurt Myers, shot and killed four people in Herkimer and Mohawk. As police closed in on the abandoned building he barricaded himself in, Myers killed an FBI dog before police returned fire.
The bill’s fate in the assembly, according to the Associated Press, is uncertain.