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New York City Bar Association Releases 2020 New York State Legislative Agenda

New York, January 7, 2020 – As part of its ongoing policy work at the local, state and federal levels, the New York City Bar Association has released its 2020 New York State Legislative Agenda. The Agenda is comprised of legislation that fits broadly into the following themes: (1) support of the judiciary and the fair, effective administration of justice; (2) good government; (3) equality of opportunity and experience; and (4) business and commercial practice areas. The Agenda represents only a portion of the dozens of positions generated by City Bar committees over the course of each legislative session. It focuses on issues that are relevant to the current legislative debate or of particular importance to the City Bar, as well as legislative proposals drafted by committees. 

The following are the Agenda items for 2020:

THE JUDICIARY AND THE FAIR, EFFECTIVE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

  • Reform and modernize the administration of class actions in New York’s courts
  • Simplify New York State’s courts through restructuring
  • Support the Judiciary’s 2020-21 Budget Request, including adequate funding for civil legal services
  • Financial support for legal services for veterans seeking benefits
  • Permit nonresident attorneys to practice in New York without maintaining a physical office in-state
  • Re-incentivize art authenticators and restore integrity to art transactions in New York  

GOOD GOVERNMENT

  • Bring meaningful and comprehensive ethics reform to Albany, including establishing a New York State Government Integrity Commission and limiting legislators’ outside employment
  • Build upon reforms to further modernize New York’s voting system and Election Law, including making Election Day a work holiday, providing for felony re-enfranchisement and Election Law enforcement reform

EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY AND EXPERIENCE

  • Advance criminal justice reform and policies that will reduce mass incarceration, including the Second Chance Amendment, the Justice Safety Valve Act and reexamining mandatory court fees imposed on individuals convicted of criminal offenses and violations
  • Create a system for the production, distribution and adult non-medical use of marijuana in New York
  • Enact the Child-Parent Security Act
  • Promote comprehensive sexual health education

BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL PRACTICE AREAS

  • Support long-established practices of business-to-business arbitration proceedings             
  • No automatic consent to jurisdiction by foreign businesses registering to do business in New York

The City Bar’s 2020 New York State Legislative Agenda can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2lVpjWf.