ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Some lawmakers in Albany want a state law to prohibit doctors from wearing neckties in hospitals.

The proposal made Tuesday cites a study that shows bacteria that could lead to serious infection can be carried on ties and other loose-fitting clothing.

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The Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate is calling for the legislation to redress what they consider a fashion emergency.

Republicans have a 32-30 advantage over Democrats in the chamber, but the independent caucus has at times sided with the GOP.

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The independent Democrats are Sens. Jeffrey Klein of the Bronx, Diane Savino of Staten Island, David Valesky of central New York, and David Carlucci of Orange and Rockland counties.

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