New York State Legislative Agenda

The City Bar’s 2024 New York State Legislative Agenda is rooted in our mission to equip and mobilize a diverse legal profession to practice with excellence, promote reform of the law, and uphold the rule of law and access to justice in support of a fair society and the public interest. The agenda focuses on positions relevant to the current legislative debate or of particular importance to the City Bar, as well as legislative proposals drafted by our committees. 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.  For a full directory of City Bar reports, including positions on regulatory changes and our local, federal and international work, please visit our website.

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  • Repeal the constitutional cap on Supreme Court justices and adopt a modern, flexible, evidence-based method of assessing New York’s judicial needs
  • Support enhanced funding for civil legal services in the Judiciary budget
  • Reform and modernize the administration of class actions in New York’s courts
  • Provide internet access to individuals living in temporary housing throughout New York State to ensure adequate access to services
  • Permit nonresident attorneys to practice in New York without maintaining a physical office in state


  • Raise and reset expectations about State ethics enforcement in New York
  • Provide students essential education needed to be civically engaged and productive individuals in a complex world


  • Enact the Communities Not Cages bill package
  • Enact the Treatment Not Jail Act
  • Support for the New York Elder Parole Bill
  • No further rollbacks to critical criminal justice reforms in New York


  • Protect children during custodial police interrogation
  • Enact the Anti-Harassment in Reporting Bill
  • Adopt a Parental Bill of Rights in child protective services investigations
  • Preserve family bonds after termination of parental rights
  • Reform and improve Family Court for all litigants


  • Preserve New York’s preeminence as a leading commercial jurisdiction by enacting the New York Emerging Technologies Amendments to the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Enact the Consumer and Small Business Protection Act
  • Regulate the use of noncompete agreements for lower-salary employees

Download the agenda: Overview | Full PDF



Elizabeth Kocienda | Director of Advocacy

Maria Cilenti | Senior Policy Counsel

Mary Margulis-Ohnuma | Policy Counsel


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Engaging in Advocacy: How to Get Involved After a Committee Takes a Position

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Of Interest

Previous Agendas (formerly “Legislative Program”)

2023 New York State Legislative Agenda | Outcomes

2022 New York State Legislative Agenda | Outcomes

2020 New York State Legislative AgendaOutcomes

2019 New York State Legislative AgendaOutcomes

2018 New York State Legislative Agenda | Outcomes

2017 New York State Legislative Agenda | Outcomes

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