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Legal advocates call on Gov. Cuomo to fully fund public defenders
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Legal advocates call on Gov. Cuomo to fully fund public defenders

Legal advocates, clergy and representatives from the NAACP and New York Bar Association are urging legislators to pass the Justice Equality Act, which would provide state funding of public defense offices and expenses. The bill (A.1903), sponsored by Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D- Albany, passed both the assembly and senate last […]

In wake of Trump actions, bill would codify transgender protections in NY
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In wake of Trump actions, bill would codify transgender protections in NY

  Senator Brad Hoylman, D–Manhattan, is taking action against the Trump Administration’s recent rollback of transgender protection laws. The senator has introduced a new bill on March 3 that would protect New York’s transgender youth by codifying certain protections under state law. Hoylman’s bill (S.4843) would permanently adopt the Title […]

Assembly Dems pass series of immigrant rights and protections
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Assembly Dems pass series of immigrant rights and protections

  With the Trump Administration focused on a range of immigration enforcement policies, Assembly Democrats have passed a series of bills that would protect immigrants’ private information, prohibit profiling by local police departments, and make it more difficult to deport undocumented New Yorkers for misdemeanor crimes. Alongside these new bills, […]

Bill sponsor says religious support is ‘next step’ for passing aid-in-dying bill
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Bill sponsor says religious support is ‘next step’ for passing aid-in-dying bill

Aid in Dying legislation received momentous support from religious leaders of various denominations Monday, urging passage of the proposal, which 67 percent of Americans support, according to a survey by Life Way research. The bill, (A.2383/S.3151) proposed in January by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale, and Senator Diane Savino, D-Staten Island, […]