The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act just passed the state senate after spending a dozen years in legislative purgatory. It will add gender identity and gender expression to the categories protected under NYS’s current discrimination laws. Sixteen other states, Rochester and New York City already have similar laws on the books. A ban on conversion therapy
There are a couple of bills before the NY City Council right now that are worth watching. Intro 1251 would give buildings green energy grades, Intro 1252 would establish a loan program to help buildings buy energy efficient systems and Intro 1253 asks larger buildings in New York City to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 80%
The Driver License Access and Privacy Act (Green Light bill) (S.801) will make life a little easier for immigrants, add some privacy protections for all New Yorkers who have license and make everyone safer by bringing people out of the shadows. New York should join CA, CT and a dozen other states that have removed
New York state would become a sanctuary state under the NYS Liberty Act (S.4075). From the bill: Consistent with constitutional principles, the bill would prohibit New York state and local law enforcement officials from acting based on suspected federal immigration status or suspected violation of U.S. immigration law, and would prohibit these officials from performing
From Fossil Free NY: Now, more than ever, New York needs to be a real climate leader. With the White House controlled by fossil fuel interests, and the Trump administration rolling back climate protections, New York must do more to fight climate change for the people. Our vision for a Fossil Free New York includes:
The New York Health Act (S.4048) has passed the state assembly for the last four years, but has always stalled in the state senate. It will establish universal health coverage for all New Yorkers. The Campaign for New York Health has many resources on their site. Health care providers can join Physicians for A National
S.8719 from 2018 “Prohibit the possession, manufacture, transport and disposition of trigger modification devices”, including bump stocks, in NYS. Right now it’s illegal to attach one to a gun or use it in New York and this law corrects that grey area. Write your reps Please vote for S.8719 to close the loophole and ban
New York State still has ancient abortion laws on the books that haven’t been updated since 1970 and classify abortion as a criminal act. The RHA (S.2796) would modernize our reproductive health laws and decriminalize abortion. RHAvote.org is a great resource on this subject and Choice Champs can tell you your state senator’s stance on
LetNYvote.org has a bunch of great ideas and information to update our state’s voting laws. Here’s a one sheet that outlines their plans for 2019.
The Union of Concerned Scientists is sponsoring a Science Champions Training that will teach you (or your favorite scientist!) how to write an effective letter to the editor defending science and truth. This is a nationwide training, so spread the word and get your favorite keyboard warriors off of Facebook and into print. ………………………….