ALBANY, N.Y. – Lawmakers work late to finalize proposals as legislation session comes to a close.
Legislators worked late yesterday to strike a deal to bring four casinos to upstate New York, and the Women’s Equality Act was separated into ten different bills including an abortion proposal.
The senate previously attempted to block the abortion proposal but now the bill would codify existing Supreme Court law to protect a woman’s right to obtain an abortion prior to viability or when necessary to protect her life or health.
Other parts of the women’s equality bill agenda include achieving equal pay, stopping sexual harassment, strengthening human trafficking laws and stronger protections for domestic violence victims.
The casino deal was reached after midnight. The agreement will authorize four Las Vegas-style resort casinos in the Southern Tier near Binghamton, the Hudson Valley and the Albany area with a fourth possibly planned for the Catskills. It also includes a proposal for a large video slot machine center on Long Island.
More details on both pieces of legislation are expected to be released today.
The legislative session ends Friday after the mandatory three day aging period.