Capitol Watch: Lawmakers pivot to legal pot, rent rules

New York state lawmakers who delivered a budget on time this past week are turning their attention to thorny debates over legalizing recreational marijuana and renewing New York City's rent regulations.

Posted: Apr 7, 2019 6:45 AM
Updated: Apr 7, 2019 7:07 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state lawmakers who delivered a budget on time this past week are turning their attention to thorny debates over legalizing recreational marijuana and renewing New York City's rent regulations.

Both issues are complicated and the details are likely to dominate the remainder of the legislative session, scheduled to end in June.

Lawmakers are unlikely to let the regulations covering 2 million tenants in and around New York City expire, but any proposed tweaks could spark a fight between tenants' rights groups and the city's powerful real-estate lobby.

Passing marijuana is likely to be even harder, as lawmakers seek agreement on specific regulations. One big question relates to whether counties would have to opt out - or opt in - to allowing retail marijuana shops.

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