By Jon Campbell
ALBANY 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.
Cuomo also approved bills to mandate 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.