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Legislative Memos

Jun
19
2014
In Opposition of an ACT to Amend the Penal and Executive Law

Subject: A.10128 (Weinstein)/ S.7869 (Nozzolio) AN ACT to amend the penal law and the executive law, in relation to aggravated harassment in the second degree Position: OPPOSE In May of this year the New York Court of Appeals struck down on constitutional grounds a state penal code provisions that prohibits communication made with the intent to “harass, annoy, threaten or alarm another person.”

Jun
16
2014
In Opposition of An ACT to Amend the Mental Hygiene Law Regarding Involuntary Drug Treatment

Subject: S.7014 (Boyle) AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to requests for emergency services for persons intoxicated, impaired or incapacitated by alcohol or substances S7651-A (Carlucci) AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to establishing protocols for assisted outpatient treatment for substance abuse A.10025 (Gunther) AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to establishing protocols for assisted outpatient treatment for substance abusers

Jun
9
2014
In Support of an ACT to Provide Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Injury or Sickness, Pregnancy or Family Leave

Subject: S.4742-B (Addabbo) Position: SUPPORT When a family welcomes a new child or a family member has a medical emergency, many New York workers face a difficult dilemma. If they are among the 60 percent of workers covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), they have the option of taking time off from their jobs unpaid. But if a worker can’t afford to forego the pay, the family is without a care giver at a time of urgent need.

May
20
2014
In Support of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act

Subject: S.195B/A.4226B Position: SUPPORT Transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers face pervasive and brutal discrimination solely because their appearance or behavior is perceived to be inconsistent with traditional gender roles. The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) extends the protections of the state’s civil rights law to these individuals, prohibiting discrimination based upon gender identity and gender expression. The New York Civil Liberties Union strongly supports this measure.

May
6
2014
In Support of the Reproductive Health Act (S438)

Subject: S. 438 Position: SUPPORT

Apr
28
2014
In Support of an ACT to Amend the Public Health Law, in Relation to Use of Opioid Antagonists

Subject: A.8637B (Dinowitz) / S.6477B (Hannon) Position: SUPPORT The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) strongly encourages the State Assembly to pass The Overdose Prevention Bill, A.8637B. This legislation will help put an end to the devastating and rapidly growing epidemic of fatal overdoses caused by opioid drugs, such as heroin and the prescription painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone. By providing greater access to naloxone (or Narcan), countless fatal overdoses in our state will be prevented.

Mar
25
2014
Statement in Support of the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote

Subject: S.3149-A/Griffo/A.4422-A/Dinowitz Position: SUPPORT (An Act to amend the election law, in relation to enacting the agreement among the states to elect the president by national popular vote) S.3149-A/A.4422-A would add New York as a signatory to the “Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote.” The NYCLU supports this bill.

Mar
18
2014
Regarding the Education Investment Incentives Act

Subject: S.6359-C The "Education Investment Incentives Act" Position: OPPOSE A measure in the state senate’s budget would provide tax credits to individuals, corporations, and partnerships that donate money to public schools, to privately operated charter schools and, through “educational scholarships,” to students who attend schools that provide religious education.

Feb
10
2014
In Relation to Withholding State Funds from Public Universities that Support Academic Associations that are Engaging in Boycotts

Subject: A.8392-A (Silver)/S.6438 (Klein) Position: OPPOSE New York’s state legislature is poised to pass legislation that would prohibit any college or university from using state monies to fund academic groups that support or promote a boycott against institutions of higher education or their host countries. The prohibition would apply to any such institution chartered by New York’s Board of Regents of the state university.

Jun
12
2013
Statement in Support of the Community Safety Act: Guaranteeing Safety and Respect for All New Yorkers

New York is America’s cutting-edge city. For centuries, it’s drawn and nurtured the boldest, hardest working, most visionary and most innovative people from around the country and across the globe. And other cities have consistently turned to New York for leadership and inspiration.

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