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Government Affairs Albany Update - March 3, 2006

Special Election Results

There were seven special elections around the state on Tuesday. These are the results of those races:

All of these seats were won by the parties who previously held them, so there was no change in the balance in either house.

Assembly Moves ‘Wal-Mart Bill”

This week, A.9534 sponsored by Assemblyman O'Donnell was reported out of the Assembly Labor Committee. In a habitually quick and quiet committee meeting, there was some debate on the bill that would “establish a fair share health program and fund to ensure that large employers contribute appropriately to the increasing costs of health care benefits for employees in NY”. The bill was referred to the Codes Committee with the minority voting in the negative.