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Mark's Law could stall out in the Assembly

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NEW YORK -- After passing in the state Senate a few weeks ago, Mark's Law could now be in danger of stalling out in the Assembly. The bill, named after murdered Cape Vincent EMT Mark Davis, would add EMTs, firefighters, and other emergency responders to the state's Murder One law that guarantees a life sentence for killing police and court officials.

It's not entirely clear what the holdups are, but we're told some Assembly members may have issues with classifying responders the same as police, and we've also heard some lawmakers want to use this to bring back death penalty discussions.

The bill is sponsored in the Assembly by Addie Russell, who says she's not clear on what her fellow lawmakers are thinking, but she plans to push them to pass the bill as is.

"We have to understand that our society does have some changes happening in it. I'm working to take this message to our leadership that there are these types of situations happening across our state," said Russell.

If a different version of the bill is passed in the Assembly, it's likely the bill would die out. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 (http://commoncrawl.org/faq/) Profile: TWCSAMLSP