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Can NYS pass recreational marijuana legislation, other items before session ends this week?

Progress on key issues facing the state Legislature was made over the weekend as staff for the state Senate, Assembly and Gov. Andrew Cuomo discussed end-of-session legislation.

“The governor has spoken to the leaders multiple times and staff has been working around the clock on our legislative priorities,” said Rich Azzopardi, a senior advisor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “We’re making progress on all issues.”

Bills emerged over the weekend that included:

–An amended version of a key environmental bill, the Climate Change and Community Protection Act.

-A bill designed to bolster upstate casinos

-A bill that would expand labor rights for farm workers include collective bargaining, overtime and other benefits.

-Lawmakers also introduced a new version of a bill meant to broaden the definition of sexual harassment from “severe and pervasive” which advocates say is too narrow.

-And a revised version of a bill decriminalizing marijuana was also introduced overnight.

It’s not clear if all of these new measures represent agreements between the Senate, Assembly and governor.

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