- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Latest on the top issues facing New York lawmakers as they work toward adjournment later this week (all times eastern):

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4:45 p.m.

Efforts to allow Uber and Lyft to expand into upstate New York are faltering in the final days of the legislative session in Albany.

Lawmakers are divided over how much the app-based ride-hailing services should be required to pay in insurance costs. While one bill has support in the Senate, a measure in the Assembly failed to make it out of committee on Tuesday. Uber itself opposed that proposal, saying the insurance costs would be too high.

Unless a new agreement is reached before the end of the week, the companies may have to return to try again next year.

The ride-hailing services’ proposed expansion outside of New York City has run into opposition from taxi cab owners who say their industry will be devastated.

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3:30 p.m.

Jim Kelly and Vinny Testaverde have joined the push to legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports in New York state.

The two former NFL quarterbacks met with lawmakers in the Capitol Tuesday as negotiations continue over proposals to regulate the popular online contests. The games were disrupted last year when Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said they amount to illegal gambling.

Kelly and Testaverde say the games are entertaining diversions for a wide range of fans. Both said they were paid to appear at the Capitol.

Lawmakers working on the bills say a vote on regulations should happen before the session ends later this week.

The largest commercial fantasy sports operators, FanDuel and DraftKings, agreed in March to stop taking bets in New York as lawmakers took up the issue.

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2:30 p.m.

Brunch-goers in New York would be able to purchase alcoholic drinks at restaurants and bars beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays under a compromise worked out by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top lawmakers.

Called the “brunch bill,” the proposal announced Tuesday would also allow a limited number of establishments outside of New York City to begin serving alcohol at 8 a.m.

Current rules prohibit sales before noon.

Earlier Tuesday Cuomo and lawmakers announced a deal on a plan to combat heroin addiction that will expand insurance coverage for rehabilitation, boost treatment programs and limit many opioid prescriptions to seven days to address a dramatic increase in overdoses.

Lawmakers plan to adjourn their session later this week.

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12:45 p.m.

New York state may limit opioid prescriptions for acute pain to seven days as part of a broader effort to combat a staggering rise in addiction and overdose deaths.

The new limits on prescriptions are one of several proposals contained in a deal announced by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders on Tuesday. The full Legislature is expected to formally pass the proposals later this week.

Other measures in the deal include requiring insurance companies to cover more of the cost for rehab and recovery programs, as well as enhanced treatment services.

Additionally, prescribers would be required to complete addiction training and the state would increase funds for programs to help recovering addicts stay clean.

More than 1,800 New Yorkers died from heroin- and opioid-related overdoses in 2014.


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