ALBANY, N.Y. – State lawmakers made progress in finalizing some key pieces of legislation as they worked late into Tuesday night to strike a deal that would bring four casinos to upstate New York and separate the Women's Equality Act into ten individual bills, including an abortion proposal.
The senate previously attempted to block the abortion proposal, but now the bill would codify existing Supreme Court law to protect a woman's right to obtain an abortion prior to viability or when necessary to protect her life or health.
Other parts of the Women's Equality Bill agenda include achieving equal pay, stopping sexual harassment, strengthening human trafficking laws and stronger protections for domestic violence victims.
The casino deal was also reached after midnight, according to reports. The agreement will authorize four Las Vegas-style resort casinos in the Southern Tier near Binghamton, the Hudson Valley and the Albany area, with a fourth possibly planned for the Catskills. It also includes a proposal for a large video slot machine center on Long Island.
More details on both pieces of legislation are expected to be released Wednesday.
The legislative session ends Friday after the mandatory three-day aging period.