Legislative Affairs


What's New

  • May 6, 2015 -- Mayor de Blasio signed legislation to prohibit employers from using credit checks to screen applicants.  Read the Civil Rights Committee memo in support of the legislation here.

  • March 20, 2015 -- Press Release: Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility in New York State

  • March 19, 2015 -- Disclosure of Outside Income – Statement by President Debra L. Raskin

  • March 16, 2015 -- Criminal Justice Reforms by Debra L. Raskin - City Bar President discusses the City Bar's comments on two criminal justice proposals in the Governor's Executive Budget, raising the age of criminal responsibility and the Criminal Justice Reform Act.

  • March 13, 2015 -- Latest practice area updates: Animal Law; Gender & the Law; Real Property

  • February 25, 2015 -- City Bar Supports Judiciary's 2015-2016 Budget Request.

  • February 13, 2015 -- "New York's Licensing Barricade Against Military Spouses" - an OpEd from the Military Affairs & Justice Committee calling for legislation to ease licensing requirements for military spouses in New York.
  • February 5, 2015 -- Albany Reform Tops City Bar's 2015 Legislative Agenda – Statement by President Debra L. Raskin

  • February 4, 2015 -- City Bar releases 2015 New York State Legislative Agenda.

  • 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.