On Monday, May 23rd, the New York State Senate voted to pass Bill S01707 (the MMA legislation) with an overwhelming majority of 42-18. This is a significant increase in support from last year's 32-26 vote.
On route to this victory, the Senate legislation had successfully passed through the following committees:
Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation on 3/15/2011 by a 13-1 vote
Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business on 3/29/2011 by a 10 - 1 vote
The companion legislation in the Assembly (A04146) has unfortunately had much less success.
Since its referral to the Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Committee on 2/1/2011, the bill has been inactive.
It is IMPERATIVE that you all contact your Assemblyperson and urge them to urge Speaker Sheldon Silver to get this bill moving! There is little time left before the legislative calendar has concluded. To find out who your Assemblyperson is, visit this link: