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LaValle says campus assault bill result of bipartisan effort

ALBANY - State Sen. Kenneth LaValle said Thursday that the state's new measure that he co-sponsored to combat sexual attacks on college campuses is the result of extensive public hearings and debate, which led to strong bipartisan support.

"We have approached this sensitive topic in a comprehensive, thoughtful manner," said LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), the Senate Higher Education Committee chairman.  "This bipartisan legislation provides critically important protections for victims and details the processes necessary to achieve fair and just results for those involved."

Other major policy initiatives are stalled in political gridlock a day after the 2015 legislative session was to end.

The bill the followed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's "Enough is Enough" campaign to address a rise in sexual assaults on campuses was unanimously approved in the Senate Wednesday. It will define "consent" needed for sexual contact, require training of police on the cases, and raise awareness of the assaults on campuses.

The Assembly passed the bill and Cuomo is expected to sign it into law in coming weeks.

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