Mark’s Law could stall out in the Assembly
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- It's a bill many in the North Country thought would pass easily. In the State Senate a few weeks ago, Mark's Law passed without objection. But it appears the bill, named after murdered Cape Vincent EMT Mark Davis, could stall out in the Assembly.
The bill would add EMTs, firefighters and other emergency responders to the state's Murder One law that guarantees a life sentence for killing police and court officials.
It's not entirely clear what the holdups are, but we're told some Assemblymen may have issues with classifying responders the same as police and we've also heard some lawmakers want to use this to bring back death penalty discussions.
The bill is sponsored in the Assembly by Addie Russell, who says she's not clear on what her fellow lawmakers are thinking, but she plans to push them to pass the bill as is.
"We have to understand that our society does have some changes happening in it. I'm working to take this message to our leadership that there are these type of situations happening across our state," Russell said.
If a different version of the bill is passed in the Assembly, it's likely the bill would die out.