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April 12, 1995 | GERALDINE BAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
New York has become the latest state to legislate a blood desire that apparently most Americans have. The new governor, George Pataki, signed a death penalty bill last month, making this the 38th state to have capital punishment. By fulfilling a campaign promise, the Republican governor also reversed 18 years of Democratic governors, who repeatedly vetoed similar legislation.
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June 27, 2001 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN and VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
"I think it's very good because drivers are distracted when they are on the phone," said Eric Nkrumah, a chauffeur, as he sat in his parked limousine Tuesday. "Safety is more important, and that's my main concern." Surveys show that's what most New Yorkers believe as Gov. George Pataki prepares to sign legislation making the Empire State the first in the nation to forbid drivers from using hand-held cellular phones in moving vehicles.
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NEWS
June 20, 1998 | From Associated Press
A bill requiring New York doctors to report the names of people with AIDS or the AIDS virus was condemned Friday by activists as "a return to the dark ages" of the disease. Under the legislation, anyone testing positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, will be reported to the state Health Department. They will be asked to volunteer the names of their sexual partners, who would be contacted about the test results.
NEWS
June 26, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The New York state Assembly gave final approval to a measure that would make the state the first to ban the use of hand-held cellular phones while driving. Gov. George Pataki will sign the bill this week, a spokesman said. Opponents said the law would be unenforceable and that there was no proven need for it. The proposed ban, which has attracted national attention, carries fines of as much as $100. The ban would begin Nov.
NEWS
March 8, 1995 | From Associated Press
Using the pens of two slain police officers, Gov. George Pataki brushed aside 12 years of Mario M. Cuomo's vetoes and signed a bill Tuesday to make New York the 38th state with a death penalty. He did so surrounded by the relatives of murder victims, law enforcement officials and politicians. The state Legislature had approved capital punishment bills for 18 straight years, only to see them vetoed by Cuomo and his predecessor, Hugh L. Carey, both Democrats. "It's a shame.
NEWS
March 7, 1995 | From Associated Press
With Republican Gov. George Pataki vowing to sign what Mario M. Cuomo vetoed for more than a decade, the state Senate voted Monday to restore the death penalty. The state Assembly was expected to follow suit in a late-night session, and Pataki could sign the death-penalty bill as early as today. It would take effect Sept. 1 and make New York the 38th state with capital punishment.
NEWS
June 28, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The New York state Assembly passed a bill banning surrogate parenting for payment. The bill now goes to Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, who expressed support for it. If signed, New York would become the 18th state to prohibit the practice in some form. Democratic Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein said: "The bill makes a statement that in New York, we don't believe that children should be treated as commodities to be bought and sold."
BUSINESS
July 3, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Health Insurance Discrimination: A bill to prevent health insurers from rejecting or discriminating against applicants has passed both houses of the New York Legislature, and Gov. Mario Cuomo supports it. The bill would reform the way commercial health insurers do business in the state and boost the standing of financially troubled nonprofit health insurance plans. Vermont, Minnesota, Oregon and Florida have also passed comprehensive health plans in recent months.
BUSINESS
August 2, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
New York Acts to Help Rain Forests: New York is doing its part to protect tropical rain forests. Gov. Mario Cuomo has signed a bill that prohibits New York state and its local governments from buying some tropical hardwoods, including teak, mahogany and ebony. "While this may constitute only a small step in saving the rain forests, it is appropriate that government set an example in environmental awareness," Cuomo said.
NEWS
June 15, 2000 | Associated Press
Lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would make New York the first state to require the sale of self-extinguishing cigarettes. The measure, which would take effect by July 2003, is designed to cut down on fires caused by careless smokers.
NEWS
May 26, 2000 | From Reuters
Gov. George Pataki signed legislation Thursday making it easier for prosecutors to seize artwork on display in New York while they investigate whether it was stolen from Holocaust victims during World War II. The law allows any work of art loaned by a nonresident for exhibition in New York state to be seized when it is part of a criminal investigation.
NEWS
June 20, 1998 | From Associated Press
A bill requiring New York doctors to report the names of people with AIDS or the AIDS virus was condemned Friday by activists as "a return to the dark ages" of the disease. Under the legislation, anyone testing positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, will be reported to the state Health Department. They will be asked to volunteer the names of their sexual partners, who would be contacted about the test results.
NEWS
April 12, 1995 | GERALDINE BAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
New York has become the latest state to legislate a blood desire that apparently most Americans have. The new governor, George Pataki, signed a death penalty bill last month, making this the 38th state to have capital punishment. By fulfilling a campaign promise, the Republican governor also reversed 18 years of Democratic governors, who repeatedly vetoed similar legislation.
NEWS
March 8, 1995 | From Associated Press
Using the pens of two slain police officers, Gov. George Pataki brushed aside 12 years of Mario M. Cuomo's vetoes and signed a bill Tuesday to make New York the 38th state with a death penalty. He did so surrounded by the relatives of murder victims, law enforcement officials and politicians. The state Legislature had approved capital punishment bills for 18 straight years, only to see them vetoed by Cuomo and his predecessor, Hugh L. Carey, both Democrats. "It's a shame.
NEWS
March 7, 1995 | From Associated Press
With Republican Gov. George Pataki vowing to sign what Mario M. Cuomo vetoed for more than a decade, the state Senate voted Monday to restore the death penalty. The state Assembly was expected to follow suit in a late-night session, and Pataki could sign the death-penalty bill as early as today. It would take effect Sept. 1 and make New York the 38th state with capital punishment.
SPORTS
April 24, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Terming the sports autograph business as "40 percent phony," New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams proposed legislation designed to clean up the $1.5 billion industry. Abrams' bill, which is endorsed by Major League Baseball Properties and the National Baseball Hall of Fame, would require dealers who sell memorabilia for $50 or more to provide their customers with written certificates of authenticity.
NEWS
May 28, 1991 | From Associated Press
Legislative leaders announced tentative agreement on a state budget Monday, nearly two months after it was due. The delay has threatened fiscal crises for New York City, other communities and the state. A tentative deal on a $51.9-billion spending plan was reached after more than three hours of talks on Memorial Day between state Senate Majority Leader Ralph Marino, the Legislature's top Republican, and Assembly Speaker Mel Miller, the top Democrat.
NEWS
December 21, 1993 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Mario M. Cuomo called on the state Legislature Monday to convene on Martin Luther King Day to approve a package of measures designed to reduce gun violence. The governor's proposals--which come in the wake of the slaying of six people earlier this month on a Long Island Rail Road commuter train--include limiting the possession of assault weapons and restricting the capacity of ammunition for handguns.
BUSINESS
July 3, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Health Insurance Discrimination: A bill to prevent health insurers from rejecting or discriminating against applicants has passed both houses of the New York Legislature, and Gov. Mario Cuomo supports it. The bill would reform the way commercial health insurers do business in the state and boost the standing of financially troubled nonprofit health insurance plans. Vermont, Minnesota, Oregon and Florida have also passed comprehensive health plans in recent months.
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