ALBANY – Plenty of work was left undone this year at the state Capitol, but the legislative session wasn’t a total washout. The 958 bills that did clear the Assembly and Senate include a strengthened safety net for abused children, a property tax rebate and new tools to help cops zero in on violent predators by forcing more convicts to give DNA samples. The child abuse prevention bill was Albany’s response to the sickening abuse inflicted on Nixzmary Brown, the 7-year-old Brooklyn girl who was bound, beaten, starved and ultimately killed in January, allegedly by her stepfather and mother. “The laws and policies of New York State were inadequate in protecting our children,” said Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-Queens), who led hearings aimed at developing legislation to avoid similar child abuse tragedies. The package of bills that followed lets caseworkers cut through red tape to safeguard kids named in abuse reports and mandates that investigators get annual training. Here’s a look at other notable new legislation: . Homeowners will get property tax rebate checks this fall, averaging $250 each. In New York City, tenants will get a bigger break on their personal income tax credit. . The statute of limitations in rape cases was eliminated, meaning violent sex offenders can’t get off the hook simply by eluding cops for five years. Rape victims also get expanded rights to hold their attackers accountable in civil lawsuits, with the window to sue for financial damages stretched to five years, up from one year. . Three new crimes were created for motorists who try to elude cops attempting to stop them. . Mentally ill prison inmates will no longer be sent to solitary confinement for breaking jailhouse rules. Instead, they’ll be put in secure mental health clinics if they are disruptive. . Jessica’s Law, named for Jessica Lunsford, the Florida girl slain by a convicted pedophile, boosts the penalty for predatory assault on a child to as much as 25 years to life. . Workers can sue their bosses if they are videotaped in changing rooms or elsewhere where they have a “reasonable expectation of privacy.
” . Married taxpayers will pocket a total of $41 million in a deal to wipe out the personal income tax marriage penalty. The new guidelines increase the standard deduction for married taxpayers to $15,000 for joint filers, and $7,500 for married taxpayers filing separately, putting them in line with singles. . Megan’s Law, which requires convicted sex offenders to keep cops informed whenever they move, will be expanded. Creeps branded “moderate risk” will have their mug shots posted on a state Web site with so-called “high risk” fiends. Cops also get new leeway in giving out more information about convicted perverts rated “low risk.
” Still, Gov. Pataki’s lame-duck status was blamed for many of the bills that didn’t get action. The Legislature failed to pass a gift ban to limit influence peddling. And there was no agreement on the death penalty law, which was declared unconstitutional by the state’s high court. “I don’t think we had a very productive year when it came to reform issues,” said Sen. Eric Schneiderman (D-Manhattan). “The Pataki administration has been winding down on its agenda, and it was easy for the other players to say, ‘We’re just going to wait him out and get things passed when we have a new governor.
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