Episode 1669: Recreational Weed, Sports Betting and New Casinos?

Thank you for joining this week’s edition of the Albany Update.

Starting at the federal level, last week the U.S. House of Representatives reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and passed a resolution to remove the ratification deadline for the proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution. Both of these innocuously named bills sound good at first blush, but leave social conservatives with significant concerns.

Second, much to our organization’s chagrin, recreational weed may see a floor vote as early as this week, but legislative negotiations over bill differences still persist. The pot proposal is far from finished.

Then, state budget conversation revolving around additional casinos and tax breaks for existing ones are underway. In addition, mobile sports betting appears to be moving toward passage.

Fourth, much has been made of the State Health Department’s nursing home directive that led to an increased number of resident deaths, however there is a similar directive regarding state-operated group homes for the developmentally disabled and unlike the nursing home directive—it’s still in effect.

Finally, we believe in the power of prayer and our organization has a number of specific prayer needs to share with you.

Let’s get started.