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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY OFFICE OF ASSEMBLYMEMBER ARAVELLA SIMOTAS For Immediate Release March 22, 2011 Contact:

Loren Amor, 718-545-3889

Simotas Passes First Bill in Assembly


ALBANY, N.Y. New York State Assemblymember Aravella Simotas passed her first piece of legislation yesterday, just under three months into her first term. The bill, No. A4836, amends civil practice law to give more flexibility to parties who want to settle claims early in the litigation process by extending the time period in which they can voluntarily discontinue a civil action without a court order or stipulation of settlement. This is common-sense legislation that reduces red tape and gives parties in a lawsuit more options early on in the litigation process, Simotas said. The bill wont cost the state anything, and it will cut down on costly legal fees for litigants. Since being sworn into office in January, Simotas has established herself as a productive legislator, introducing 34 bills and co-sponsoring several others. Its exciting to take an active role in the legislative process, she said. I was elected with the expectation that I would work to get things done, and Ill continue to advocate for legislation that improves the lives of the people in my district and all New Yorkers.