Legislative Affairs


What's New

  • December 30, 2014 -- Governor Cuomo signed legislation proposed by the City Bar's Civil Rights, Animal Law, and Legal Issues Affecting People with Disabilities Committee that will clarify New York's laws related to service animals.  He also vetoed legislation opposed by the Corrections & Community Reentry Committee that would have switched the jurisdiction of Rikers Island to the Queens DA's Office.  

  • December 18, 2014 -- A number of City Bar supported bills were enacted yesterday.  At the local level, the City Council passed a series of bills aimed at tightening regulations on pet stores. These bills were supported by the Animal Law Committee in a multiple hearings and reports. Read the Committee's latest testimony here.  The Animal Law Committee also saw success at the state level, with Governor Cuomo signing a bill that will give New York City more control over its dog licensing laws.  Finally, legislation proposed by the Commercial Law and Uniform State Laws Committee that will modernize New York's Uniform Commercial Code was enacted.  

  • December 17, 2014 -- Governor Cuomo announces proposed regulations to provide Medicaid coverage for transgender care and services.  This policy change has been supported by our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Committee.  The proposed regulations can be found here.

  • December 15, 2014 -- Governor Cuomo signed legislation into law which prohibits piercing and tattooing of any pet for purely cosmetic purposes. This bill was supported by our Animal Law Committee.

  • December 5, 2014 -- Letters sent to Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders regarding the need for the modernization of New York's built environment.

  • December 4, 2014 -- Check out our latest practice area updates: Family Law & Judicial Administration.

  • December 3, 2014 -- We have developed a number of resources for committee members and those interested in legislative advocacy. Resources include: Tracking State and City Legislation: TipsCommittee Member Best Practices; and Your Committee Issued a Legislative Report...Now What? To see all of our advocacy resources and guides, click here.

  • December 2, 2014 -- "Gender-Based Violence Has No Place in New York City" - An OpEd from our Domestic Violence & International Human Rights Committees.

  • December 1, 2014 -- Two bill supported by the City Bar were signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  The first was supported by the Trusts, Estates and Surrogate's Courts Committee and relates to the rights of posthumously conceived children.  The second was supported by the Mental Health Law Committee and relates to due process protections for transitional care adults.

  • November 6, 2014 -- Read our Fall Legislative Roundup.