It’s A Wrap: Week Twenty-Two Of The Legislative Session

This edition of New York Families Action’s Weekly Wrap-Up is the second-to-last edition of the Wrap-Up in the 2024 legislative session. Members of the New York State Legislature are expected to conclude legislative business on June 6 or June 7, and are unlikely to return to Albany before Election Day. As the final week of the session begins, New York Families Action is hard at work fighting against assisted suicide, transgender mandates for Christian schools, and other destructive legislation. Please keep us in your prayers as we enter the home stretch.

May 28, 2024

Legislative Update

Bill S.2241-Weik, which would designate March 21 as Down syndrome Awareness Day, passed the Senate today by a 58-0 vote. The United Nations has observed March 21 as World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) since 2012; the date was chosen because the triplication of the 21st chromosome causes Down syndrome. New York Families Action supports this legislation, which recognizes and affirms members of a group whose lives are frequently devalued.

Unfortunately, two anti-life bills were amended in the State Senate today. One of these bills, Bill S.3060-B-Krueger, is the Reproductive Health Services Training Grant Program Bill. This bill would authorize the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to issue grants “to ensure [that] health care providers receive adequate training in abortion care.” Specifically, the program “shall provide funding for professional educators that provide or facilitate clinical education related to abortion care and other reproductive health services.” Also, a bill mandating that public colleges and universities make so-called “emergency contraception” available in on-campus vending machines was amended in the Senate; that bill is now numbered Bill S.4400-C-Webb. New York Families will continue to monitor these anti-life bills closely and will speak out if we see any indication that they may advance.

May 29, 2024

DASA for Nonpublic Schools Update

Yesterday, the Dignity for All Students Act for Nonpublic Schools Bill was amended in both the Assembly and the Senate. This legislation, which would impose disastrous mandates regarding sexuality and gender identity upon Christian schools, was discussed in detail in last week’s Weekly Wrap-Up. The bill is now (awkwardly) known as the Nonpublic Dignity for All Students Act (Bill S.3180-A-Hoylman-Sigal/A.1829-B-Jean-Pierre). Today, New York Families Action issued a new memorandum of opposition to this bill. NYFA is deeply concerned that the Nonpublic Dignity for All Students Act may pass during the final week of the legislative session. Please click here to contact your elected officials and express your opposition.

NYAAAS Holds Another Capitol Demonstration

The New York Alliance Against Assisted Suicide (NYAAAS) held its second-to-last Capitol demonstration of the year today. Equipped with literature, purple T-shirts, and signs, we demonstrated in the tunnel leading from the Empire State Plaza Concourse to the Capitol and on the third floor of the Capitol. Some NYAAAS volunteers also met with legislators to discuss their objections to the assisted suicide bill.

The final NYAAAS Capitol demonstration is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4. New York Families Action believes that the assisted suicide bill is unlikely to receive a vote in the Senate or the Assembly this year.

Legislative Update

Today, three pro-life, pro-family bills received favorable treatment in the legislature.

Bill S.593-A-Ortt/A.4138-A-McMahon, a Down syndrome awareness bill, passed the Assembly, 147-0. By providing accurate information about Down syndrome to prospective parents, this bill could reduce the frequency with which Down syndrome babies are aborted.

The Senate passed the Prenatal Testing Bill, Bill S.1159-A-Skoufis/A.9152-Paulin, 61-0. This bill would require that parents receive notices stating that non-invasive prenatal screening tests are not to be used for diagnostic purposes, and that follow-up diagnostic testing is recommended when a high risk is identified. The bill is important because it could reduce the number of abortions by alleviating confusion about certain prenatal test results.

The Senate also passed Bill S.8690-Hinchey/A.9259-Lupardo, which would expand the Nourish NY program to include milk and other non-alcoholic beverages. The vote was 60-1. Because the Assembly passed this bill earlier in the year, the bill will be forwarded to Gov. Kathy Hochul for consideration.

New York Families Action supports each of these three bills and urges the legislature and Gov. Hochul to enact them in 2024.

May 30, 2024

Former President Donald Trump Convicted of Falsifying Business Records

Today, a 12-person Manhattan jury convicted former President Donald Trump of 34 felony counts relating to the falsification of business records. President Trump was accused of hiding a payment that was made to pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels in an effort to conceal an alleged adulterous affair between himself and Daniels. President Trump, who has maintained his innocence, is the first U.S. president to be convicted of a crime. His sentencing is scheduled for July 11.

Legislative Update

Bill S.1550-Comrie/A.1118-Vanel, which would require all advertisements for gambling and sports betting to include warnings about potential harmful and addictive effects of gambling, passed the Senate today, 57-0. It has now passed both houses of the legislature.

Bill S.593-A-Ortt/A.4138-A-McMahon, a Down syndrome awareness bill, passed the Senate 57-0 and has now passed both houses of the legislature.

New York Families Action urges Gov. Hochul to sign each of these bills into law.