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Aug
24
2015
In Support of a Warrant Requirement for the Use of Stingrays

Subject: A.8055 (Ryan) Position: SUPPORT

Jun
16
2015
In Opposition to Amending the Tax Law in Relation to Creating the Primary or Secondary Education Expense Deduction

Subject: A.8233 (An Act to amend the tax law, in relation to creating the primary or secondary education expense deduction) Position: OPPOSE This legislation represents yet another effort to provide public financial support to private primary and secondary schools, including schools that provide religious education. The bill would give taxpayers a deduction of $3,000 per student, with a maximum deduction of $12,000, for tuition as well as other expenses related to a child’s attendance at parochial and other private schools.

Jun
15
2015
In Support of Responding to Sexual Violence on College Campuses

Statement of the NYCLU supporting A.8244 (Glick)/S.5965 (LaValle) Responding to sexual violence on college campuses

Jun
9
2015
Relating to Fiduciary Control Over Digital Assets

Subject: Relating to Fiduciary Control over Digital Assets A.7869 (Weinstein)/ S.5775 (Bonacic) Position: OPPOSE

Jun
9
2015
In Opposition of the Governor's Program Bill #2: "Parental Choice in Education Act"

Subject: Governor's Program Bill #2: "Parental Choice in Education Act" Position: OPPOSE Governor Cuomo has introduced a program bill that proposes yet another variation on a tax scheme that would provide a tax credit – a dollar-for-dollar cut in tax liability – to individuals and corporations that make donations to "educational scholarship organizations" for children to attend private schools, including schools that provide religious education.

Jun
8
2015
Supporting Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility

We urge those lawmakers and members of the executive who are seeking a consensus on legislation to raise the age using the following five principles as guideposts for reform:

  • New York should not incarcerate young people in jail-like facilities.
  • Youth who commit minor offenses and young children should be diverted from juvenile court and residential correction facilities.
  • All youth should have a second chance to be free from the life-long consequences of a criminal record.
Jun
4
2015
In Support of Extending the Ability to Enroll in a Health Plan to Pregnant Women

Subject: Legislation extending the ability to enroll in a health plan to pregnant women SUPPORT: S.5548A (Hannon)/A. 7836 (Simotas) S.4639A (Krueger)/A.6780A (Simotas) QUALIFIED SUPPORT: S.5686 (Seward) Health care during pregnancy is critical to reducing health care costs and improving health outcomes for women and children. Under current law, if an uninsured woman becomes pregnant, she cannot enroll in a health plan unless and until the plan's "open enrollment" period commences, or when she has her child.

Jun
4
2015
In Support of Prohibiting Employer Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Care Decisions

Subject: Prohibiting Employer Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Care Decisions, also known as the "Boss Bill," A.1142A (Jaffee) / S.2709A (Krueger) Position: SUPPORT Choosing whether, when, and how to have children is a decision for individuals and families, not their employers - and no worker should ever have to worry about being demoted or fired just because their employer disagrees with their personal reproductive health care choices.

Jun
2
2015
In Support of the Restoration of Public Accountability to East Ramapo Central School District

Subject: Restoration of Public Accountability to East Ramapo Central School District – A. 5355-A (Jaffee) / S.3821-A (Carlucci) Position: SUPPORT

May
21
2015
Regarding Amending the Freedom of Information Law to Expedite Appeals Process

Subject: S.1531 (Ranzenhofer) / A.114 (Buchwald) Position: SUPPORT The New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)1 has been developed over the past forty years to provide public access to government records, in the interests of transparency and public accountability. However, when state agencies improperly deny record requests, or effectively deny such requests by failing to respond, government accountability is diminished.

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