- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Rent control, a minimum wage hike, the Dream Act and mayoral control of schools aren’t the only issues facing New York lawmakers when they return to Albany on Tuesday. Here’s a look at some of the other items on the agenda:

- Tax cap: Senate Republicans want to make permanent a law that caps property tax increases in local governments.

- Campus Sexual Assault: Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to apply a new sexual assault policy in place at the state’s public universities to private schools too. The measure includes new training policies for staff, students and police, along with a new definition of sexual consent that requires a clear, affirmative agreement to engage in sexual activity.

- Toy safety: A bill to require manufacturers to phase out the use of certain chemicals considered toxic has passed the Assembly but not the Senate. Advocates are hoping to get a vote in that chamber soon after lawmakers convene.

- Mixed Martial Arts: Efforts to legalize professional mixed martial arts in New York have been blocked for years by Assembly Democrats like former Speaker Sheldon Silver. But with a new speaker in charge - Bronx Democrat Carl Heastie - supporters think this may be their year.

- GMO labeling: Legislation to require labels on food products containing ingredients from genetically modified plants will get another push.

- Ethics and campaign finance: Lawmakers approved Cuomo’s proposal to require the disclosure of their outside income, but some lawmakers want to go further by passing tougher campaign finance rules or even limiting how much money lawmaker can make from outside jobs.

- Juvenile justice: Cuomo and many Democrats want to end the state’s practice of automatically prosecuting and incarcerating 16- and 17-year-olds in the adult system.

- Transgender discrimination: A measure to make it illegal to discriminate against a transgender person when it comes to jobs, apartments, schools and public accommodations, like hotels and restaurants, has passed the Assembly but not yet received a debate in the Senate. The measure, which has the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has repeatedly passed the New York Assembly but has yet to get a floor debate or vote in the Senate. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have similar laws.

- Charter schools: Supporters of the publicly funded, but privately run, schools want the state to lift a cap on the number of authorized charter schools.

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