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A.M. Roundup: Cuomo stops short of praising lawmakers for passing rent regulations

Good morning. We hope you caught some rays on Wednesday because you won’t have another chance until the weekend. (TU)

Here’s your roundup!

The agreed-upon tenant protections aren’t as aggressive as pro-tenant groups had hoped, but it still changes how landlords can do business. The legislative deal on tenant protections includes an option for upstate municipalities to opt into rent stabilization. (TU)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo stopped short of praising lawmakers for reaching a deal on tenant protections, but still thinks it’s a step in the right direction. The governor still plans on signing the bill. (DN/Politico)

To the millions who lived in rent-regulated apartments, the passing of the regulations is good news. But to the real estate developers — some of whom know Cuomo — the measures might be a nightmare. (NYT)

The Assembly approved legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, but its fate is uncertain in the Senate. The passage of the bill has lead to a number of reactions from top state lawmakers. (Buffalo News/TU)

From rent regulations to the driver’s license bill, lawmakers have ramped up efforts to pass progressive legislation with the session winding down, but there’s plenty left to do. (C&S)

Take, for instance, an amendment to an already-existing bill: Mothers whose sons were killed during encounters with the police visited the Capitol on Wednesday to support the repeal of a law that has prevented public scrutiny of internal investigations and misconduct by officers. (TU)

And, of course, the vaccination exemption bill: A hotly contested bill repealing the religious exemption for vaccine requirements in school children will be taken up by the state Assembly Health Committee on Thursday. (TU)

Marijuana is still getting support too. Military veterans are the latest group to campaign for marijuana access in New York. (TU)

Actress Mira Sorvino visited the Capitol on Wednesday to push lawmakers to strengthen the state’s sexual harassment and rape laws, revealing that she is a survivor of date rape. (TU)

Assembly Republicans want to restore cash bail for serious crimes that are deemed “non-violent.” (TU)

Cuomo isn’t conceding in his fight against the IRS and the federal cap on state and local income tax deductions. (TU)

JCOPE needs a new executive director and good-government groups want to make sure the search is thorough, and independent. (TU)

Giving employees three hours off work to vote may seem like the right thing to do, but it could create issues for schools. (TU)

Elizabeth Lederer, whose role in the conviction of the Central Park 5 was portrayed by Netflix, resigned from Columbia Law School following outcry from students. (DN)

Longtime cult expert Rick Ross testified at the NXIVM trial, saying he quickly thought the organization was a “destructive program.” (TU)

Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez don’t see eye-to-eye on most things, but the two might team up on legislation that would make birth control available over the counter. (DN)

And finally, a good news palate cleanser: Albany Dutchmen catcher Ben Metzinger got an unexpected phone call — and now he’s headed to the College World Series. (TU)

CapCon’s A.M. Roundup is compiled by Ben Mehic, Ben.Mehic@timesunion.com

Have a state-related news tip for the Times Union’s Capitol Bureau? Please contact Brendan J. Lyons, State Editor, at 518-454-5547 or Blyons@timesunion.com.

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