Cuomo to Improve His Family Leave Proposal; Assembly Passes Bill Again

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Here was Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, sponsor of the Assembly paid family leave as she addressed a press conference today with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and other members of the Assembly and leaders of the paid family leave coalition. Nolan has sponsored the bill since 1999 and the Assembly passed the bill again this afternoon.   Meanwhile,  Governor Cuomo is apparently planning to improve his proposal for paid family leave to make it more in line with the Assembly version by providing up to 2/3 of a worker’s average weekly wage for up to 12 weeks.

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The Assembly Health Committee today pulled back a bill (A308) that would have amended the health care proxy bill allowing only one witness instead of two among other provisions.  Several members of the committee were concerned that wills require two witnesses and that the proxy law should be similar.  Assembly Health Chair Richard Gottfried said sometimes it is necessary to execute a proxy form in the hospital and if getting two witnesses quickly is not possible, the patient would have no proxy.  However, the bill was pulled back without a vote.  Meanwhile, another bill sponsored by Assemblyman Edward Braunstein was approved by the committee (A5161C) that would prohibit making or broadcasting a video of a patient undergoing a medical procedure without their consent.  That happened to a patient in New York City whose procedure and death were included on a broadcast without the family being aware.