Gov. Cuomo delivers State of the State address

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released his annual state budget proposal to the state legislature on Tuesday.

Gov. Cuomo began his speech by discussing bills he would like to pas in the first 100 days of the legislative session.

First, the governor said he would like to pass a Constitutional Amendment to codify Roe v. Wade abortion rights into state law and protect reproductive rights for women.

Gov. Cuomo also wants to pass the “Red Flag” bill, which will prevent people who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from buying guns.

Passing the Child Victims Act to remove the statute of limitations on child sexual assaults was also proposed during the speech.

Gov. Cuomo is pushing to legalize recreational marijuana and collect tax revenues for the state.

While it wasn’t part of his speech, the governor’s office has also declared a crackdown on limousine safety regulations after a deadly crash in Schoharie County that killed 20 people.

Gov. Cuomo wants a ban on aftermarket chopped and stretched limos that are remade to hold far more passengers then its original design. He also wants to make it a felony to remove a limousine “out of service” sticker without having the vehicle re-inspected and cleared by the Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles.

Some other regulations include allowing the state to seize limo license plates and increase the fines to $25,000 per violation for operating a suspended limousine. 

The cause of the crash has not been “officially” determined and is still under investigation.

Read the details of the governor’s key proposals.

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