Welcome to Policy Matters – Empire Justice Center’s newsletter to catch you up on all of our policy advocacy efforts to make the law work for all New Yorkers!
In this edition we’ll share this year’s legislative victories, and a few areas where we’ve built support for next year; plus the end of one leadership era, and the beginning of another.
Legislative Session Ends, Bringing Significant Wins on Long-Standing Issues Good for Low Income New Yorkers
This NYS legislative session brought progress on many long fought issues that will be good for low income New Yorkers. We had early success on GENDA, the transgender rights bill, and budget victories that continued funding for legal services for homeowners and immigrants, and continued to build victories on a number of issues, including domestic violence, crime victims, consumer rights, and child care.
We are especially proud to announce the passage of Securing Wages Earned Against Theft (SWEAT) (A.0486/S.2844); protections against sanctions for low income and disabled New Yorkers (A.2455/S.3840); and the Green Light NY bill (A.3675/ S.1747) extending driver’s licenses to all qualified drivers, including immigrants. These victories are in addition to over a dozen other bills which passed both houses and now await the Governor’s signature.