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Sex & Law

Childcare Assistance

A.3498 (AM People-Stokes) / S.5743 (Sen. Grisanti) - provides for the local social services district to notify the office of children and family services when there is a change in the eligibility level.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Sex & Law Committee, May 2013.
  • Vetoed by Governor, Memo No. 236 - October 23, 2013

Dignity for All Students Act

A.3661-C (AM O’Donnell) / S.1987-B (Sen. Duane) – enacts the “Dignity for All Students Act” to prevent harassment and discrimination. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in support of legislation by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Committee, Council on Children and Sex & Law Committee, Reissued May 2010.
  • Letter to Governor Paterson urging him to sign legislation into law, June 29, 2010.
  • Signed by Governor, Chp. 482, Approval Memo No. 22 - September 8, 2010
  • Legislative Affairs Blog: "Dignity for All Students Act Signed Into Law" - September 8, 2010

Divorce and Maintenance Laws

Report to the Law Revision Commission highlighting crucial issues that should be examined in the Commission's assessment of the maintenance laws of the state and the economic consequence of divorce on the parties, October 2011.

  • Press Release: "City Bar Provides Recommendations to Law Revision Commission on Divorce Maintenance Laws" - November 3, 2011

    Family Leave Benefits

    A.1793-B (AM Nolan) / S.4742-B (Sen. Addabbo) - would extend temporary disability insurance benefits to cover family care leave from the workplace.

    • Report in support of legislation by the Sex & Law Committee, June 2014.

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    Report by the Sex & Law Committee on extending temporary disability insurance benefits to cover family care leave from the workplace, October 2011.


    Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act

    A.4226-A (AM Gottfried) / S.195-A (Sen. Squadron) - Prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or expression and includes offenses regarding gender identity or expression under the hate crimes statute.

    • Report in support of legislation by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual &Transgender Rights Committee, Civil Rights Committee, Labor & Employment Committee and Sex & Law Committee, Reissued November 2013.

    Marriage Equality

    Report by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Rights Committee and Sex & Law Committee, “Why Should New York Support Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples?”, May 2011.

    • Press Release: "Why Should New York Support Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples?" - May 3, 2011.

    New York Bar Associations Make Legal Case for Same-Sex Marriage, May 17, 2011.

    "1,324 Reasons for Marriage Equality in New York State" - a joint publication of the Empire State Pride Agenda and the New York City Bar Association, June 2007.

    Statement by City Bar President Sam Seymour on Passage of the Marriage Equality Act, June 24, 2011.

    44th Street Notes: "Recap of the Marriage Equality Vote" - July 11, 2011

    Signed by Governor - June 24, 2011 (A.8354, Chp. 95; A.8520 / S.5857, Chp. 96)


    NYC Policy Recommendations

    Letter from the Sex & Law Committee to Mayor de Blasio outlining a number of recommendations on gender related issues affecting law and policy in New York City, February 2014.

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    Letter to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services outlining key recommendations supported by the City Bar that would protect the social welfare and equal participation of all New Yorkers, February 2014.


    Reproductive Health Act

    A.6112 (AM Glick) / S.2844 (Sen. Stewart Cousins) - "the Reproductive Health Act"; would establish a fundamental, statutory right to privacy in making personal reproductive decisions and updates New York's abortion and contraception laws to correct constitutional defects and ensure that abortion is treated as a health matter.

    • Report in support of legislation by the Sex & Law Committee and the Health Law Committee, reissued May 2011.


    Sex Trafficking

    A.2240-D (AM Paulin) / S.5879-B (Sen. Lanza) - Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act.

    • Report in support of legislation by the Sex & Law Committee, May 2014.

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    Recommendations from the Criminal Courts Committee and Sex & Law Committee to enhance Criminal Procedure Law § 440.10(1)(i), regarding the vacatur of prostitution and trafficking-related convictions for victims of sex trafficking, May 2013.

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    A.7670 (AM Gottfried) / S.4429 (Sen. Duane) - would enable certain persons to vacate their convictions for prostitution-related offenses that resulted from their coerced involvement in the sex trades or some other form of trafficking in persons. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

    • Report in support of legislation by the Sex & Law Committee, March 2010.
    • Letter urging Governor Paterson to sign legislation into law - June 21, 2010.
    • Signed by Governor, Chp. 332, Approval Memo No. 19 - August 13, 2010


    Sexuality Education

    Letters to Public Officials from the Sex & Law Committee regarding connecting sexual violence with the need for comprehensive sexuality education, December 2014.

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    A.1806 (AM Gottfried) / S.3836 (Sen. Duane) - "the Healthy Teens Act"; would establish an age-appropriate sex education grant program. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

    • Report in support of legislation by the Sex & Law Committee, 2008.

    Women in the Workforce

    Letter regarding notification of the Expressing at Work Bill in materials distributed to new mothers in maternal health care facilities, February 2010.


    Women's Rights

    Report in support of the Women's Equality Act, June 2013.

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    Transition letter to Governor Cuomo highlighting women's reproductive rights and implementation of expressing at work legislation as issues to be considered during his term, January 2011.


    Workplace Accommodations, Pregnant Women

    A.1264-A (AM Gunther) / S.5880 (Sen. Hannon) - Requires the provisions of reasonable accommodations for pregnant women.

    • Report in support of legislation by the Sex & Law Committee, Reissued June 2014.

     

     

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