New York State Senator Jim Seward announced Tuesday senate passage of a bill (S.7155) he is sponsoring that would cut costs for school districts by reducing unnecessary government red tape.  Additionally, a bill (S.2295) co-sponsored by Senator Seward that would require the state to pay for mandated programs imposed on schools and municipalities, also received senate approval earlier this week.

Senate bill 7155 would allow school districts to complete costly internal audit risk assessments biennially instead of annually.  Senate bill 2295 requires programs that originate from the state to be paid for by the state and not have the burden to find funding fall upon local municipalities.

Seward is also working to advance two key bills to help reduce costs for county governments by providing funding to cover indigent legal services and mandated salary increases for full time district attorneys.