- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to veto two bills that he says would roll back efforts to fight prescription opioid abuse.

Schneiderman, a Democrat, expressed his concerns in a letter to Cuomo’s legal counsel Tuesday.

One of the bills would exempt nursing home doctors from rules requiring electronic filing of prescriptions. The other would alter existing rules governing controlled substance prescriptions to allow doctors, in certain cases, to not report the prescriptions directly to state health officials.

Supporters said the measures would remove potentially burdensome barriers to patient care.

Schneiderman, however, says the bills would create “significant loopholes” in the state laws meant to discourage “doctor shopping” and prescription drug abuse.

Cuomo, a Democrat, hasn’t said whether he will sign the bills.

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