Preventing Snooki, making sweet corn the state vegetable
The state Senate is trying to prevent the next Snooki, with legislation preventing anyone under the age of 18 from using a tanning facility.
The bill (SB 2917), from Sen. Charles Fuschillo, R-Massapequa, was reported from the Senate Committee on Health today to the Senate floor. The bill made it this far last year too, but failed to finally come up for a vote.
The bill is definitely a hot topic, with six lobbyists registered on the bill. They are not forced to disclose which side they support on the issue, but with interested parties including the American Cancer Society and the Indoor Tanning Association, it isn't hard to guess where people stand.
Today, the state Senate also moved to the floor legislation that would make sweet corn the state vegetable.
The proposal passed the chamber last year and failed to go anywhere in the Assembly.
The state Senate also passed legislation to expand the state's DNA database to now include samples from anyone convicted of a misdemeanor or felony.
The bill passed the Senate last year too, but didn't move in the Assembly. This is expected to change because Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made the proposal one of his key public protection issues.
"Today the New York State Senate passed the DNA Databank Expansion Bill, an important step in protecting New Yorkers and modernizing the state’s criminal justice system," Cuomo said in a statement." "This critical crime fighting resource embraces technology to help protect the innocent and convict the guilty. "
He added, "I call on the Assembly to do the same so I can sign this bill into law immediately."
This proposal was routinely praised during Monday's joint budget hearing, with state agencies saying confidently saying they have the ability to collect the additional DNA samples the legislation would require.
Jack Beck, of the Correctional Association of New York State, expressed a pessimistic outlook about the change, warning that it wasn't as effective as people think.
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