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Avonte Oquendo had been missing since Oct. 4, 2013. The medical examiner's office confirmed on Jan. 21, 2014 that remains found along the East River are a DNA match. (credit: Handout)

De Blasio Signs ‘Avonte’s Law’ On Alarms For School Doors

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday signed a bill calling for the evaluation of the need for audible alarms on public school building doors, in commemoration of the Avonte Oquendo tragedy.

08/07/2014

State Sen. Ruben Diaz (credit: CBS 2)

State Senator Wants To Allow Lawsuits If People Are Stopped From Recording Cops

New York State Sen. Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) introduced a bill Thursday in which someone who is stopped from videotaping a police officer could sue for $25,000.

07/31/2014

Sick Woman (file / credit: clipart.com)

New Jersey Lawmakers Try Again On Capping Payouts For Sick Days

Sen. Joe Kyrillos and Senate President Steve Sweeney introduced a bill to cap the payouts at $15,000 for retiring school and government employees.

07/11/2014

Avonte Oquendo: New Video

Parents, Councilmen Advocate Plan To Keep Kids From Running Out Of School

The City Council on Wednesday discussed a proposal to keep children from walking away from their schools unnoticed.

05/28/2014

Peter Vallone Jr. (credit: petervallone.com)

Councilman Hopes For Passage Of Animal Abuse Registry Bill

Just like sex offenders must register on a list, animal abusers in New York City could have to do the same under legislation passed this week by the City Council and headed to the mayor’s desk.

12/21/2013

Medical Marijuana (credit: CBS 2)

N.J. Assembly Passes New Bill Allowing Medical Marijuana For Children

The New Jersey State Assembly on Monday approved a major change to the state’s medical marijuana program, which could permit marijuana in edible form for children.

09/09/2013

(credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Democrats To Christie: Let GOP Lawmakers Vote On Gay Marriage Bill

Democratic lawmakers in New Jersey stepped up their push to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday, urging Gov. Chris Christie to allow GOP legislators to vote for the bill.

07/02/2013

Broken Brooklyn Sidewalk

Brooklyn Tire Shop Owner: City Is Making Me Pay For Sidewalk I Didn’t Break

A Brooklyn business owner has been forced by the city to cough up $30,000 to have his sidewalk repaired – but he says it is the city’s fault that the sidewalk is broken.

07/02/2013

Gov. Chris Christie (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office/file)

Christie Says He’d Veto Same-Sex Marriage Bill A Second Time

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday that he would veto a same-sex marriage bill again.

06/26/2013

David Weprin on Sept. 10, 2009 in New York. (credit: Ken Goldfield, Pool, File/AP)

Bill Would Ban Workplace Discrimination Based On Religious Garb

New York state lawmakers on Sunday discussed plans to take aim at religious discrimination in the workplace.

06/23/2013

The US Capitol (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Senate Passes Bill To Require Internet Merchants To Collect Taxes

The U.S. Senate on Monday passed a bill that could end tax-free shopping on the Internet for many shoppers.

05/06/2013

New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton (file)

Bill Would Tighten Ban On Human Trafficking In New Jersey

A bill that would add additional teeth to the ban on human trafficking has been approved by the New Jersey State Senate.

03/18/2013

City Hall in Lower Manhattan (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

Elected Officials Push For Sick Leave Requirement Bill In NYC

A group of women elected officials on Monday called for immediate action on the New York City bill that would require sick days for all those employed in New York City.

02/25/2013

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the podium at a City Hall press conference on federal funds for Superstorm Sandy on February 6, 2013. (credit  Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Councilman: Bloomberg’s Veto Of Jobless Discrimination Bill Will Not Stand

A New York City Councilman said he expects the Council to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of a bill that would have prevented employers from shunning out-of-work job-seekers.

02/23/2013

New York State Capitol in Albany (file / credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

State Proposal Would Require Background Checks For Senior Care Workers

A new New York state proposal would require criminal background checks to keep sex offenders from acquiring jobs at senior care facilities.

01/06/2013

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