- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A look at other bills passed by New York state lawmakers in the final days of the 2015 session:

-The Assembly joined the Senate in approving a bill allowing dogs to join their human companions on restaurant patios.

-Lawmakers approved New York’s freshwater fishermen using up to three fishing lines through 2017. Sponsors say the three-rod rule increases the probability of catching a fish but doesn’t exploit the fishery since catch limits remain in place.

-They voted to authorize St. Regis Mohawk tribal police jurisdiction to include the Hogansburg Triangle, adjacent to the St. Regis reservation in northern New York, so courts won’t dismiss traffic stops and arrests there.

-The Legislature voted to remove Palm Sunday from the list of days when horse racing is prohibited in New York, leaving only Christmas and Easter.

-Lawmakers voted to require nonprofits that receive at least half of their money from the government, including Medicaid and Medicare, to implement programs to prevent workplace violence.

-They voted to authorize corrections officials to move up prison release dates from Fridays to Thursdays to help ensure parolees report to a parole supervisor without a weekend delay.

-The Assembly and Senate passed legislation intended to give critically ill patients emergency access to medical marijuana while the state selects providers under the program authorized in legislation last year. The measure would establish a special certification for patients with progressive, degenerative conditions for whom a delay poses a serious health risk, directing health officials to establish a temporary, emergency program. Advocates say the drug otherwise won’t be available until next year when the authorized program is up and running.

-Both houses approved legislation to shorten from 10 months to three months the period state agencies have to appeal a court order for the release of public records under the state’s Freedom of Information Law.

-They also voted to add a provision to the statutory rights for nursing mothers to include reasonable unpaid breaks at work to pump breast milk for up to three years after childbirth.

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