Just before the end of the legislative session on June 21, the New York State Senate and Assembly engaged in a familiar routine: They scrambled to get lots of important legislation passed. Our representatives passed a bill to increase the criminal penalties for people who pirate movies by sneaking into theaters with camcorders. They also voted in favor of a bill to create an advisory council to review issues concerning children and video game violence. Yet those same senators failed to bring the Healthy Teens Act to the floor for a vote, even though the State Assembly has passed the act three years in a row. That act would provide funding for age-appropriate, medically accurate sex ed for young people through schools and school health centers, community organizations, and boards of cooperative education services (BOCES). Apparently, the members believe that people who make and sell... More >>>