New York State Legislative Agenda

The City Bar’s 2018 New York State Legislative Agenda is a summary of significant legislative issues that focuses on topics that are relevant to the current legislative debate or of particular importance to the Association, as well as legislative proposals drafted by our committees.  The agenda is rooted in the City Bar’s mission to facilitate and improve the administration of justice and promote reform of the law.  The City Bar’s committees generate dozens of reports over the course of each legislative session and this agenda represents only a portion of those positions. 

Download the agenda: Overview | Full PDF

Download the agenda: Overview | Full PDF


Maria Cilenti | Senior Policy Counsel

Elizabeth Kocienda | Associate Director of Advocacy 



Advocacy Resources

Contact Your Elected Officials:

New York State Governor's Office

New York State Assembly | New York State Senate 
Search legislation, find your representatives, read press releases, see when the Assembly and Senate are in session and what is on their agendas, and provide live audio and video coverage of legislative proceedings

Bill Tracking & Session Information:

New York State Legislative Retrieval System 
Search for current and past bills by bill number, keyword, chapter number and others; provides bill text, status, summaries, sponsors memos, floor votes, floor calendars, committee agendas, chaptered laws, and veto and approval messages from the Governor

Tracking State and City Legislation: Tips

How a Bill Becomes a Law

New York State Legislative Process - Glossary of Frequently Used Phrases

New York State Legislative Session Calendar
The state legislative session generally runs from January through June each year

New York State Public Hearing Calendar
Updated as hearings are scheduled or modified. Great resource for committees interested in providing testimony on issues they've commented on

Advocacy Guides & Best Practices:

Your Committee Issued a Legislative Report... Now What?
A guide for committees that want to engage in advocacy work above and beyond the issuance of a report

Committee Member Best Practices

Lobbying for Passage of a Bill: Some Basics

Providing Hearing Testimony: What to Expect 


Previous Agendas (formerly "Legislative Program") 

2017 New York State Legislative Agenda

2016 New York State Legislative Agenda

2015 New York State Legislative Agenda

2014 New York State Legislative Agenda

2013 Legislative Program

2012 Legislative Program

2011 Legislative Program

2010 Legislative Program

2009 Legislative Program

2008 Legislative Program


For previous programs, please contact the Policy Department