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Senate Passes Homeschool Sports Bill

On June 13, 2018, the New York State Senate passed Bill S.465-A-Robach/A.445-A-Stirpe by a vote of 59-1. This bill provides that homeschooled students may participate in interscholastic sports if they meet school district requirements regarding age, physical examinations, immunizations, behavior, and performance. The bill further provides that to be academically eligible for sports participation, a…

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Homeschool Equal Access Bill Passes Senate

On June 11, 2018, the New York State Senate passed Bill S.5131-A-Robach/A.8969-Woerner, the Equal Access Bill. This bill, which is supported by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, would require fair practices by colleges and universities in regard to the admission of homeschooled high school graduates and graduates of non-public schools. Specifically, the Equal Access Bill…

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Legislature Moves Human Trafficking Bills

The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which was ratified in December 1865, banned slavery in the United States. Sadly, however, the plague of slavery continues in 2018. Right here in the United States, women, children, and men are victims of human trafficking. In recent years, the State of New York has taken important steps to…

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Passing Grocery Tax Credit Would Help Those Experiencing Poverty

Proverbs 14:31: “He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.” Poverty is a major problem here in New York and across the country. While poverty statistics vary, USNews.com reported that 14% of Americans lived in poverty in 2016. Many low-income people rely on the generosity…

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Proposed IVF Mandate Raises Pro-Life Concerns

The proposed In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Insurance Mandate (Bill S.8441-A-Phillips) would require insurance policies that cover hospital, surgical, or medical care to provide $50,000 of coverage for in vitro fertilization. This legislation is ill-advised. In vitro fertilization is an assisted reproductive technology in which an embryo is made in a test tube and injected into…

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State Legislature Weighs Expanding Gambling

As the 2018 state legislative session comes to a close, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is concerned about two separate pro-gambling bills that could become law here in the Empire State. Last month, the Supreme Court of the United States found a 1992 federal law called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) to…

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NYCF-Supported Bills Sail Through Senate Education

Two bills supported by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms recently advanced through the New York State Senate Education Committee. The first of the two bills is the Homeschool Equal Access Bill (Bill S.5131-A-Robach/A.8969-Woerner). The Homeschool Equal Access Bill would require fair practices by institutions of higher education in regard to the admission of homeschooled high…

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Pro-Life Democrats Are An Endangered Species

The recent State Senate drama surrounding abortion expansion is driven by arithmetic. Because Republicans—with the help of Democratic Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn)—hold a 32-31 Senate majority, and because Republican Sen. Tom Croci (R-Islip) is on active duty in the U.S. Navy, the Senate is deadlocked. This deadlock has given Senate Democrats an opportunity to pressure…

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Senate Abortion Expansion Saga Continues

Last week’s Albany Update reported on State Senate Democrats’ attempts to force floor votes on abortion expansion and on an abortion pill insurance mandate. We’d love to be able to say that this battle is over, but it isn’t. Over the past week, Senate Democrats continued their efforts to force votes on these horrendous bills.…

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Andrew And Sandra: Birds of A Feather

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States found in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Court held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment when it found Masterpiece Cakeshop liable for discrimination for declining to bake…

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