Cuomo signs 132 bills, vetoes 6 others (UPDATED)

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed 132 bills into law late Wednesday, including measures requiring newborns to be screened for congenital heart disease and prohibiting smoking on hospital grounds.

Also receiving Cuomo’s approval were bills mandating the use of helmets for horseback riders under the age of 18 and extend a health insurance pilot program for the state’s Freelancer’s Union.

Cuomo faced a midnight deadline to act on 138 bills on his desk. Among the six rejected was a bill that would have required a hearing before the State Police could demote any investigators with at least three years of experience, unless the demotion was related to budget cuts.

It was the second year in a row Cuomo had vetoed the bill.

“Given this bill’s impact on the Superintendent’s ability to manage his workforce when it comes to some of the highest and most sensitive positions within the agency I am disapproving this bill,” Cuomo wrote in his veto message.

Business groups had opposed the Freelancer’s Union health care bill, which would continue a program that allows the union to provide health insurance to independent workers. The program is scheduled to run through 2014, but required new legislation to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act.

UPDATED: Here’s a list of the bills Cuomo acted on Wednesday:

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  1. HABIBHASAN- An American Storyteller on

    . . . Oh! I didn’t know that “wearing helmet while Horse Riding” can Prevent Horse Trading Above the Law in The New York State Assembly!

    Here! Get me a Cup of 2% Cap. . Please! I live in a Small Town American Village located in a Town.And, have not the same luxurious privileges as the ” Law Makers of NYS” to make money over My $67,000 per year salary

    LOL!. . . .

    Please! Get me a Coffee for me and a Tea for Randy Paul in the US Senate.

    2016 is shaping up! You know.