State lawmakers shun companies doing Iran business

By Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's Legislature is prohibiting state and local governments from doing business with companies that invest in Iran's energy sector, a measure aimed at better
protecting Israel and U.S. national security.

Legislature leaders say Monday they'll join Florida and California in trying to dissuade Iran from developing nuclear weapons or the material needed to build them.

New York will start with a list of 50 global and national companies compiled by California and tell those firms that they must stop dealing with Iran or lose lucrative New York government contracts.

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver called Iran a patron of terrorism.

Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos says the Democratic Obama
administration isn't doing enough against Iran to protect Israel.

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