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Assembly starts approval of state budget

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— New York’s Assembly has started final legislative approval of the $135 billion state budget.

The Assembly is expected to be in session at least through the evening Thursday to pass the huge budget bills totaling thousands of pages.

Assembly Republicans also plan to debate most of the issues. They are also expected to introduce what are called “hostile amendments.”

In Albany, hostile amendments are proposed by the minority party to make clear their opposition to legislation crafted by the majority party. Hostile amendments are quickly rejected by the majority, but the required debate can be lengthy.

The Senate finished approving the budget bills in an overnight session that ended at 4 a.m. Wednesday.

The budget already approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo is due by midnight Sunday.



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