There’s a renewed expectation among Democrats in New York that 2019 could be the year the state Legislature approves reforms to the state’s cash bail system, rules on discovery and laws to guarantee a speedy trial for criminal defendants.

That’s due, in large part, to a new wave of Democrats flipping the State Senate from the hands of Republicans, who have controlled the chamber for the better part of the last decade. The State Assembly was already controlled by Democrats.

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