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April 26, 2022 - 11:28pm

Hawley says Assembly majority kills bills that help veterans, law enforcement

posted by Press Release in Steve Hawley, news, 139th assembly district.

Press release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, C, I-Batavia) is expressing dismay at the decision of the Assembly Majority to kill a large number of bills proposed by members of the Assembly Minority that would support New York’s veterans and law enforcement professionals, while also bolstering public safety. 

Among the bills that members of the Majority shot down in committee were ones that would restore judicial discretion that was taken from judges following the passage of bail reform (A.7772, A. 6933), support for veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder (A.8377), and the creation of a penalty for committing hate crimes against police officers and other emergency personnel (A.3824). Additionally, bills Hawley co-sponsors were blocked, like making it a felony to fire a gun at either police officers or first responders (A.9608), or into crowds generally (A.4259), as well as another that would add five years to the sentence of anyone who commits a felony while in possession of a loaded gun (A.4762).

“I firmly believe that most people would consider the measures the Majority struck down in committee to be common-sense and uncontroversial and very much worthy of an open debate, if nothing else,” said Hawley. “Crime and public safety have consistently ranked among the top policy issues on the minds of New Yorkers this year, and the legislation we put forward directly addresses the concerns held among many regarding bail reform and the restoration of law and order in our communities. It is truly shameful that the Majority has deprived us of the opportunity to debate these bills in the open on their merits, and instead killed them off to protect themselves politically.”

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Steve, I can't believe you are still in Office. The bill you co-sponsored A9608 making it a Felony to fire a gun at first responders / police officers is Already a felony. Steve it is called Attempted Murder a class B violent felony, it is the Same for shooting into a crowd of people... Add 5 years to a sentence while commit a felony while in possession of a loaded gun. ? Your committee would tell you that the Courts do Not add time to a sentence they stack the sentences (concurrent). Steve please step down, resign, retire, quit wasting taxpayer money and time.

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