Legislative Affairs


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The New York City Bar’s legislative activity in the New York State Legislature and New York City Council is coordinated through the Legislative Affairs Department, which acts as a conduit between the City Bar’s committees and policymakers and other related stakeholders. We encourage our committees to participate in shaping public policy by commenting on pending legislation, drafting proposed legislation, testifying at hearings, and making lobby visits. The scope of issues we address is as vast as the City Bar’s 150 committees and ranges from civil rights and criminal law to trusts and estates, judicial administration and legal issues affecting children.

What's New

  • July 10, 2014 -- Mayor de Blasio signed legislation creating a municipal ID program for New York City.  This measure was supported by the Immigration & Nationality Law Committee.

  • June 26, 2014 -- Governor Cuomo signed legislation increasing the number of Family Court judges in New York. Read about our advocacy on this issue here.

  • June 20, 2014 -- Statement of City Bar President Debra L. Raskin on Legislation Increasing the Number of Family Court Judges in New York State

  • June 5, 2014 -- The NYS Department of Health and Governor Cuomo announced a change to the state's policy for changing ones geneder designation on a birth certificate as it relates to transgender New Yorkers.  The City Bar's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Committee supported this change.

  • May 22, 2014 -- Statement of City Bar President Debra L. Raskin on Proposed Changes to NYC's Human Resources Administration Policies

  • May 12, 2014 -- The NYPD announced it will stop its practice of confiscating unused condoms from sex workers to be used as evidence of a prostitution-related offense. The City Bar's AIDS Committee has supported ending this practice as a matter of public health and human rights.  Read about the policy change here.