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Pataki's Bill on Terrorism Passes Senate

Gov. George E. Pataki rammed antiterrorism legislation through the Republican-controlled Senate today, throwing down the gauntlet to the Assembly’s ruling Democrats on a bill that rolls back some civil rights to help the police ferret out terrorists. The bill was passed by a vote of 52 to 8 after a bitter debate. Some Republican senators accused Democrats who had questioned the bill’s provisions of being unpatriotic, while several Democrats accused the Republicans of trampling the chamber’s rules to rush through flawed legislation as a publicity stunt. The hasty vote, without a public hearing or even the normal three-day waiting period, appeared to be part of a concerted political campaign by the governor to focus public attention on two broad themes: fighting terrorism and keeping taxes low. The messages are in line with the agenda of the Bush administration and the national G.O.P. Full Story

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