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Casino Loans to Patrons (S.5377-Bonacic)

Bill S.5377-Bonacic would allow casinos to loan money to gamblers “to enable [them] to take part in gaming activity.” Bill S.5377-Bonacic would also allow casinos to cash checks for patrons who wish to use the proceeds of those checks for gambling purposes.Gambling addiction is a serious problem for individuals, families, and communities. This legislation would…

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In re: Mandatory LGBT Training for Employees of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) (S.277-Hoylman/A.2662-Ortiz)

Bill S.277-Hoylman/A.2662-Ortiz would require certain employees of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to receive special training regarding LGBT youth. It is inappropriate for the State of New York to categorize underaged youth with sexual identity labels, even if some young people may choose to adopt labels. The use of…

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In re: Allowing Marijuana to be Smoked for Medical Purposes (S.1087-Rivera/A.6009-Gottfried)

Bill S.1087-Rivera/A.6009-Gottfried would expand New York’s medical marijuana law to allow the drug to be smoked for medical purposes. This bill is objectionable for two reasons. First, smoking marijuana is dangerous. The sponsors of this legislation have failed to make the case that smoking marijuana is safe, let alone healthful. Second, legalizing smoked marijuana for…

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In re: Contraceptive Insurance Notification Mandate (S.4758-Stavisky/A.6144-Seawright)

Bill S.4758-Stavisky/A.6144-Seawright would require employers that offer group health insurance to provide notice to job applicants and potential job applicants about (a) whether such group health insurance covers contraception; and (b) if so, which forms of contraception are covered. New Yorkers are fully capable of navigating insurance coverage issues with their employers and prospective employers…

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In re: Compelling Churches and Nonprofits to Annually Establish Their Entitlement to Real Property Tax Exemption Based on Clear and Convincing Evidence (S.996-Bonacic/A.539-Gunther)

Bill S.996-Bonacic/A.539-Gunther is an ill-advised piece of legislation that seeks to place new financial and administrative burdens upon religious organizations and nonprofit charities, schools, and hospitals. Mandatory-class nonprofits contribute a great deal to New York’s families and communities. Government should value such organizations, not treat them as potential revenue sources for cash-strapped municipalities. Download

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In re: Exempting Religious Organizations From Assessment Fees (A.5606-Morinello)

Bill A.5606-Morinello would make tax-exempt religious organizations exempt from temporary state energy and utility service conservation assessment fees. This bill would also make it unlawful for utility companies to recoup these fees from tax-exempt religious organizations. NYCF supports this legislation because it would strengthen and empower religious organizations to fulfill their missions and help their…

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In re: Pregnancy Center Disclosures (A.5911-Glick)

Bill A.5911-Glick is an unnecessary piece of legislation that takes a coercive, punitive approach to New York’s pregnancy centers. This heavy-handed bill would require that pregnancy centers, “upon first communication or first contact” with a client, disclose to said client that they do not provide abortion or birth control services. This legislation would allow anyone…

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NY requires infertility coverage for all

Democrat and chronicle

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, April 19, 2017 “New York’s health insurers will be required to provide coverage for fertility treatment regardless of marital status or sexual orientation, according to new state guidelines…The new guidelines were panned by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, a Spencerport-based evangelical group that is active at the state Capitol. ‘(The) proposed…

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Sexual-orientation therapy sparks state debate

Plattsburgh Press-Republican, April 26, 2017 “The loudest opposition to the [Counselor Coercion Bill] is coming from a Christian conservative group New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms… Its legislative director, Stephen Hayford, called the proposal ‘an issue of censorship… The state would be reaching into a counselor’s office and dictating what can be said and what cannot…

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Moment of Silence Bill (S.895-Amedore)

The Moment of Silence Bill would require public school students to observe a one-minute period of silent reflection at the start of each school day. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms supports this legislation and believes that it will benefit students by giving them an opportunity to organize their thoughts, relax, and—should they so choose—pray in…

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