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Schimel's New Term: Gun Law Passes; Microstamping Push Takes Hit

Busy week for Great Neck lawmaker after returning to Albany last week.

After taking the oath of office last week, it's been a busy few days in Albany for Assmbly. Michelle Schimel, D-Great Neck.

Reelected in November to represent New York's 16th District where she has served since 2007, Schimel has pledged to make microstamping of guns a top priority on her legislative agenda.

Although sweeping gun-control laws were passed this week with Schimel at the forefront of the restriction discussion, microstamping was not in the bill.

Microstamping of guns, which consists of laser-etching inside of a gun barrel to help police trace spent cartridges, was approved last year in the Democratic-led Assembly but failed to gain needed Republican support in the Senate.

Schimel said she was pleased with the gun package and that it received bipartisan support, but unsatisfied that a microstamping provision was not added to the legislation.

"I am obviously disappointed that it wasn't included. It speaks to how much of a touchstone it is to the gun lobby-and how much they are afraid of it," said Schimel Wednesday. "I will continue to push for microstamping — as it is the technology that deals with the great number of daily shootings we have sadly grown accustomed to — when there is no gun or murderer captured at the scene." 

Thus far in 2013, Schimel has co-sponsored several bills, including:

  • A01095: Relates to providing oversight and monitoring the operations of an independent system operator.
  • A02179: Requires notice from employers to customers of service charges and administrative fees that are not distributed to employees as gratuities
  • A02180: Enacts the "safe patient handling act."
  • A02183: Establishes the farm pesticide collection program for the collection and disposal of pesticides from farms within the state.
  • A02189: Provides additional health services and employment benefits for veterans.
  • A02193: Provides no exception may be granted to a summer day camp which is dedicated to a single activity if that activity meets the criteria of a nonpassive recreational activity.
  • A02210: Provides for the time of staying, modifying or terminating family court orders in juvenile delinquency proceedings.
  • A02247: Requires clinical education in pain management and establishes an advisory committee on pain management education.
  • A02249: Adds medical and health insurance information within the definitions of identity theft.
  • A02284: Requires that certain information be printed on appearance tickets for alleged traffic infractions.
  • A02285: Relates to driving while intoxicated and the installation of ignition interlock devices.
  • A02325: Relates to preliminary procedures, petitions and special provisions regarding abandoned infants.
  • A02346: Enacts the "MTA board member attendance act."
  • A02362: Adds to the definition of serious injury and relates to. determining the sufficiency of the evidence related to the serious injury.
  • S02230: Enacts the NY SAFE Act of 2013.
John January 19, 2013 at 01:13 AM
another liberal just what we need
Steve January 19, 2013 at 01:38 AM
John and David, I hear there's beautiful property for sale out in Idaho. Perhaps you would like to look into moving there.
The dude of life January 19, 2013 at 01:56 AM
The public spoke. She won. Get over it.
NYB January 23, 2013 at 03:51 AM
Yeah, ok, it's time to give this up until you find technology that actually works...despite the generous campaign donations you're getting from the guy who owns the patent to this useless technology.
David January 28, 2013 at 05:03 AM
Typical response from people who don't know what they're talking about or otherwise just ignore the facts. http://www.nssf.org/factsheets/PDF/Microstamping.pdf Again, you voted for a woman who thinks this is a viable technology when a simple search can give her the facts. So, either she is that ignorant or she knows better but is just ignoring facts. Either way, she is unfit for office. Steve and Matt, I understand that you may be fearful of guns. You may want her in office for her stance on them. However, what happens when she does this with something you do care about? You can honestly tell me that you're in favor of a politician who is blatantly ignorant or dismissive of facts? Yeah, the public spoke alright. And they told me how incredibly stupid they are.


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