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The six new measures are intended to create additional legal protection for abortion providers and patients, including for some services given to people in a state where abortion may not be legal. It also directs the state Department of Health to study and report back on unmet health and resource needs for pregnant people in New York. 


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Gas Tax Holiday Is In Effect--Spectrum News 1

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From now until the end of the year, the state is cutting its gas tax by 16 cents per gallon. On top of that, 24 counties are capping their own gas taxes at $2, $3 or $4 per gallon.

Carey said if gas stations purchased their gas before Wednesday, they haven't had the savings to pass on to consumers yet.

"They bought their bulk supply and paid the tax on it so when that's used up, then the new supply comes in and that's taxed at a different rate, then they'll pass that down," she said.


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This free 75-minute webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Define an Offer in Compromise
  • Describe the offer process and lifecycle
  • Provide helpful hints
  • Plus, a live Q & A

Registration: To register for the event, visit the Internal Revenue Service Webinar Registration  website. Questions? Email us at: cl.sl.web.conference.team@irs.gov.
Sponsored By: IRS Stakeholder Liaison

All participants who qualify will receive a Certificate of Completion. Tax Professionals - earn up to 1 CE Credit. Category: Federal Tax.

Closed captioning will be offered.

Date: May 26, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m. (ET); 1:00 p.m. (CT); 12:00 p.m. (MT); 11:00 a.m. (Arizona and Pacific), 8:00 a.m. (Hawaii)

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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont Tuesday attended a ceremonial signing of House Bill 5414, the Reproductive Freedom Defense Act (RFDA). RFDA, which Lamont officially signed into law on May 5, provides significant protections to individuals providing or seeking abortions in Connecticut from restrictive abortion laws in other states.

The bill includes the following protections: 

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The US Supreme Court Thursday ruled Thursday that damages for emotional distress are not recoverable in a private lawsuit to enforce either the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Affordable Care Act. This decision clarifies what damages are available to individuals who sue under federal anti-discrimination statutes.

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ALBANY -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany's effort to keep secret the psychological treatment records of suspected pedophile priests was rejected Thursday by a state appellate court in a ruling that could affect thousands of Child Victims Act cases in New York.

The appellate panel also upheld state Supreme Court Justice L. Michael Mackey's decision ordering the diocese to turn over the personnel records of at least 48 priests whom the church determined had been credibly accused of child sexual abuse over a period stretching from 1946 to 1999.

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Read more about this major interpretation of the NYS Child Victims Act...



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New York approved 52 licenses Thursday that will allow hemp farmers to get a head start on growing marijuana for the state's upcoming adult market.

Of them, the most -- six -- are in Dutchess County, with four each in Schoharie and Washington counties.

The state Cannabis Control Board approved the licenses under a recent law that allows hemp cultivators to grow marijuana for the legal recreational market for two years. Hemp is a type of cannabis plant with lower levels of THC, marijuana's active ingredient.

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NYC's Fearless Girl statue will stay put opposite NYSE for now--NY Post

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The 4-foot bronze Fearless Girl statue that was deposited in front of New York City's Charging Bull in 2017 will remain in its current spot opposite the New York Stock Exchange at least until early next year while city officials wrestle with a permanent disposition for the popular symbol of female empowerment, a city board decided Monday.

Members of the Public Design Commission granted an 11-month permit extension and said they would spend the next six months exploring a way for New York City to take ownership of the statue, which is currently the subject of litigation between artist Kristen Visbal and State Street Global Advisors, the Boston-based asset-management firm that commissioned it.

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A federal judge invalidated portions of Florida's voter suppression bill (S.B. 90). See League of Women Voters v. Lee. The opinion is remarkable--and lengthy (300 pages). Here is a synopsis of this important opinion by Judge Mark E. Walker,Talking Points MemoOne Federal Judge's Primal Scream About The Dramatic Erosion Of Voting Rights.

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Adult-use cannabis products excise tax

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If you're an adult-use cannabis products distributor, you must pay an excise tax on your sales of adult-use cannabis products (AUC) to adult-use cannabis products retailers. If you're an adult-use cannabis products retailer, you must pay a retail excise tax on the AUC you sell or transfer to retail customers.

Before you begin distributing or selling AUC, you must register with the Tax Department. If you're not a licensed distributor or retailer, you must first apply for an AUC license with the New York State Office of Cannabis Management (OCM).

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The rarely enforced Neutrality Act could pose risks for Americans who decide to join the fight against Russia in Ukraine.

The law bars people who are in the United States from joining foreign armies or launching their own wars against nations that are at peace with the United States, Just Security reports in an article by Dakota S. Rudesill, a professor at Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law.

"The United States today is not in an armed conflict with Russia," Rudesill wrote. "The risk remains that well-intentioned Americans could blunder into committing a crime."


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At the Rikers Island jail complex in New York City, at least 91 people had been waiting for March 1 to roll around. On that date, most aspects of New York state's new parole reform law went into full effect, and those who had been held on warrants issued by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), which runs the state's parole system, were expecting a shot at freedom.

Among other provisions, the new law, known as the Less Is More Act, makes it significantly more difficult for DOCCS to jail people after they commit certain parole violations, and it mandates a hearing within 24 hours to give people whom the parole agency has ordered jailed a chance to argue for their release.

But March 1 came and went, and the 91 people--as well as dozens or hundreds more across the state--remain in jail. According to DOCCS, because they were jailed on alleged parole violations before that date, they aren't grandfathered into Less Is More's protections, so the department didn't go about releasing them.

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Judges weighing in on this debate have come to varied conclusions. In one decision in December, a Bronx judge characterized DOCCS's interpretation as "no more than an adherence to a scrivener's numerical error," and thus ordered the person who brought the lawsuit, who was jailed on a technical violation, released. But the following month, a judge in Binghamton wrote that he "disagrees with that analysis," and concluded that, if the legislature wanted "sweeping, substantive changes" to parole law to take effect immediately, it would have asserted it more clearly than by a perplexing reference to one subparagraph.

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By: Brittany R. Frank

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On March 1, 2022, the EEOC updated its guidance on religious accommodations to COVID-19 vaccine mandates. While the guidance states that job applicants and employees have a right to request a religious accommodation from an employer's COVID-19 vaccination requirement under Title VII, the new guidance answers many questions specific to COVID-19 vaccination requirements and specifically addresses how employers should evaluate an employee's religious objection to the vaccine.

The full updated guidance is available here.


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The governor has proposed adding $2 million to the SLA budget to include the hiring of more than 30 full-time employees to help reduce the 20 to 26 week wait businesses face when applying for permits.

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Refunds | Internal Revenue Service

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Tax Time Guide: Use the Where's My Refund? tool, IRS2Go app to check refund status

Remind your clients that the fastest and easiest way to check on tax refunds is by using the Where's My Refund? tool on IRS.gov or through the IRS2Go app. This article is also available in Spanish.


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 (Chris Libonati | clibonati@syracuse.com)

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People sell and shop for marijuana and marijuana-laced products on a recent weekend at the Farmer's Market presented by The CNY Lounge in Syracuse. It is one of a number of gray markets that have popped after the state legalized possession of marijuana but have not come up for rules on selling it.

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IR-2022-31, February 9, 2022

WASHINGTON -- As part of ongoing efforts to provide additional help for people during this period, the IRS announced today the suspension of more than a dozen additional letters, including the mailing of automated collection notices normally issued when a taxpayer owes additional tax, and the IRS has no record of a taxpayer filing a tax return.


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The IRS announced the suspension of more than a dozen additional letters, including balance due notices and unfiled tax return notices. The IRS entered this filing season with several million original and amended returns filed by individuals and businesses that have not been processed due to challenges of the historic pandemic and is taking this step to help avoid confusion for taxpayers and tax professionals. These automatic notices have been temporarily stopped until the backlog is worked through.


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As part of a larger effort to help people during this year's filing season, there will be special Saturday hours at many Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) across the country. Visit IRS.gov to see which TACs will be open and their Saturday schedules. 

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A Fight Over the Right to Repair Cars Turns Ugly | WIRED

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Subaru disabled the telematics system and associated features on new cars registered in Massachusetts last year as part of a spat over a right-to-repair ballot measure approved, overwhelmingly, by the state's voters in 2020. The measure, which has been held up in the courts, required automakers to give car owners and independent mechanics more access to data about the car's internal systems.

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US right to repair bills aim to make ownership great again • The Register

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The Agriculture Right to Repair Act [PDF], a US Senate bill introduced on Tuesday by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), aims to force farm equipment makers to provide parts, documentation, software, and tools for repairs to third parties on reasonable terms.

The Freedom to Repair Act, introduced to the House of Representatives on Wednesday by US Representatives Mondaire Jones (D-NY) and Victoria Spartz (R-IN), promises to "legalize repairing what you own or taking it to the repair shop of your choice" by revising copyright law.


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