Lawmakers trying to complete last minute work before the end of the session

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Lawmakers were back at it again Friday after they couldn’t get everything finished up for the end of the session of Thursday.

Lawmakers did make some progress overnight, but it wasn’t enough so the respective houses are back in chambers getting the rest of the work done.

Assembly and Senate lawmakers have been hard at work. In the Assembly, a debate over fantasy sports wrapped up before getting passed. The Senate passed a ride sharing bill earlier in the day.

Some of the bigger bills have finally seen their time on the floor.

Overnight, the Senate passed a bill relating to the statute of limitations on Superfund sites. The Assembly passed their version of the bill, which was sponsored by Assemblyman John McDonald, several weeks ago.

Senator Kathy Marchione, a sponsor the Senate version, says she’s about real results for the people of Hoosick Falls and this bill is a step in the right direction.

Another win for Assemblyman McDonald as several opioid related bills passed the Assembly. As a pharmacist, McDonald has been pushing this legislation for a while now.

The bills passed the Senate on Thursday and will now head to Governor Andrew Cuomo for a signature.

“We need to cut the serpent off at the head and this is the process to do that. And as I continue to say we need to take steps realize this this is a step of a thousand step journey. Today we take 3, 4, 5 more steps forward,” Assemblyman McDonald said.

“It could be statewide it could be nationwide it could be someone else next time. But for me the legislation was very personal it meant a lot to the people that I represent. It was again real results which is what I’ve been working towards,” Sen. Marchione said.

The one big thing that is yet to be ironed out is the pension forfeiture issue. Both the Senate and Assembly have passed versions of that bill, but one of the issues is they don’t match.

It could be another late night at the Capitol. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie told members to get a hotel room because he didn’t want anyone driving home at 2 a.m.

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