New York State Senate (Photo: Gotham Gazette)

25 Groundbreaking Bills Passed by the New York Assembly but Blocked in New York Senate

Rogue Democrats block the #resist agenda in the New York State Senate, for years in some cases.

Women’s Reproductive Rights Protection

“Complex and personal decisions about reproductive healthcare are the sole right and responsibility of a woman and her medical providers.”

— NYS Senator Liz Krueger

Equal Rights Expansion

“Equality of rights shall not be denied or abridged because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, marital status, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, other immutable or ascriptive characteristic, or like grounds for discrimination, exclusion, or disadvantage, by any other person or by any firm, corporation, or institution, or by the state or any agency or subdivision of the state.

“The protection against discrimination afforded by this section is self-executing. To that end, equal rights for purposes of this section extend to every person whose protection against public and private discrimination is needed to ensure an inclusive society with equal opportunity for personal fulfillment and respect for everyone in New York in all their diversity.”

Universal Single-Payer Health Coverage

Environment: Carbon Emissions Elimination

  • eliminates greenhouse gas emissions from major sources by 2050;
  • establishes the “New York State Climate Action Council”, consisting of state agencies, environmental experts, environmental justice advocates, labor, and industry;
  • mandates that DEC establish greenhouse gas reporting requirements and emissions limits;
  • creates funding for renewable energy projects; profits from these would be reinvested in green jobs with a focus on marginalized communities;
  • requires 50% of energy produced by the New York Power Authority and the Long Island Power Authority to come from renewables by 2030; and
  • legally enforceable mandates for massive reductions in carbon emissions.

Immigration: Sanctuary State and DREAM Act

  • ensures that people are not unnecessarily questioned about immigration status when seeking state or local services, benefits or assistance;
  • establishes that state or local law enforcement agencies shall not stop, question, investigate or arrest a person based on perceived immigration status or suspected violation of federal immigration law;
  • generally prohibits law enforcement agencies from inquiring about the immigration status of persons contacting such agencies when in need of assistance, including victims and witnesses; require state and local agencies, employees, and health care providers to maintain the confidentiality of immigration status information, unless acting in accordance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373, and other information absent valid consent of the individual;
  • prohibits the detention of individuals based on administratively-issued immigration detainers and require notification to an individual if an immigration warrant or related request has been filed;
  • curtails the use of state and local facilities for the purposes of federal immigration enforcement;
  • establishes a right to legal representation for persons subject to removal or deportation proceedings (the bill also amends Judiciary Law 35 for this purpose);
  • prohibits state and local agencies from expending resources to assist the federal government in the creation or maintenance of any database or registry based on race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or national or ethnic origin

Criminal Justice Reform

Voting Reform

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Art Chang

Art Chang

Founder of Allie: Critical Infrastructure for the Volunteer Economy. Former 2021 Candidate for NYC Mayor. https://theallieapp.com