Lawmakers OK emission cuts, farmworker rights expansions

New York would adopt the nation’s most aggressive carbon emission reduction goals and give new rights to farmworkers under proposals moving through the state Legislature Wednesday.

With the session scheduled to end Wednesday, lawmakers planned to work through the night to wrap up work on hundreds of bills.

Efforts to legalize marijuana, however, fizzled Wednesday as lawmakers conceded they didn’t have the votes. Instead, lawmakers said they might vote to eliminate some criminal penalties for smoking marijuana in public and create a way for people to expunge past pot convictions from their records.

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