NYS Legislative Session Over, Lawmakers Home Until January

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State lawmakers have ended the 2018 session, and are on their way home to campaign for reelection. 

There were no last minute deals on issues like sports betting, gun control, or bullying in schools.

Republican Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh says her colleagues got some ceremonial stuff done but that was about it.

Democratic Assemblywoman Pat Fahy of Albany says the session was all right, but tells News Channel 13 a lot more could have been done.

Other issues that will have to wait until the next session include safe staffing at hospitals, an overhaul of the teacher evaluation system, and the DREAM Act.  

Some critics also blaming Gov. Cuomo for the inaction, saying he was disengaged with his focus on the November elections

Lawmakers did approve more than 300 bills, though, including the use of medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids and an expansion of paid family leave to include bereavement. 

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie tells the Times-Union he doesn't plan on reconvening the chamber before January, and sees no reason for a special session.

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