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Evangelicals Host Albany Lobby Day

Legislative Gazette, March 28, 2017 “[Talk] of national office for the ambitious governor has already become a source of criticism.” “[Legislative Day 2017], which filled the [Empire State] Plaza’s Convention Center, featured keynote speakers David and Jason Benham, twin brothers who are entrepreneurs and motivational speakers with a spiritual message.”

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Requiring Multiple Occupancy Bathrooms in Public Schools, State Colleges and Universities, and State Agencies To Be Single-Sex (A.5422-Murray)

For the second year in a row, Asm. Dean Murray (R-East Patchogue) has introduced a bill (A.5422) that would promote clarity and safety regarding restroom and locker room use in public schools, in public institutions of higher education, and in state agencies. Bill A.5422-Murray provides that multiple-occupancy bathrooms in New York’s public schools, public colleges…

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Homeschool Equal Access Bill (S.5131-A-Robach/A.8969-Woerner)

Bill S.5131-A-Robach/A.8969-Woerner, the Equal Access Bill, would require fair practices by colleges and universities in regard to the admission of homeschooled high school graduates and graduates of non-public schools. The bill provides that notarized transcripts showing that a homeschooled student or a non-public school student has completed a high school education shall be accepted by…

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Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) (the Bathroom Bill) (S.7010-Hoylman/A.3358-Gottfried)

For the past 10 years, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has successfully advocated against the passage of the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (GENDA), also known as the Bathroom Bill. GENDA would make “gender identity or expression” a protected category under New York’s Human Rights Law. GENDA would require New York’s shopping malls, stores, universities, restaurants,…

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In re: Banning Professionals from Engaging in Sexual Orientation Change Efforts With Youth Experiencing Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction (the Counselor Coercion Bill) (S.263-Hoylman/A.3977-Glick)

Bill S.263-Hoylman/A.3977-Glick seeks to ban mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts—or “change therapy”—with minors. Because this bill is based on flawed assumptions, is unduly invasive, suffers from constitutional problems, and would interfere with the professional judgment and freedom of conscience of mental health professionals, it must not become law. Download

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Streamlining the Approval Process for Certain Sales of Real Property by Religious Corporations (S.2935-Gallivan/A.9983-Paulin)

Bill S.2935-Gallivan/A.9983-Paulin would allow religious corporations to utilize an expedited process when selling real property valued at less than $200,000. Currently, the Religious Corporations Law requires churches and other religious corporations to seek a court’s approval to sell or mortgage real property, or to lease real property for a term of more than five years.…

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Requiring a Report on the Health Impact of Online Pornography

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms supports state legislation to establish a committee within the New York State Health Department to study and report upon the public health effects of internet pornography. A current draft of such legislation (which, as of this writing, has not been introduced) provides that said committee shall issue a report by…

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Requiring a Report on a Special Needs Adoption Tax Deduction Proposal (S.4492-Golden-A.6800-Joyner)

This legislation would “direct the Office of Children and Family Services to complete a report studying the impact a tax deduction can have on alleviating expenses associated with adopting a special needs child.” The required report would include information on trends in the adoption of special needs children, the length that special needs children typically…

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Online Poker Legalization (S.3898-A-Bonacic; A.5250-Pretlow)

The above-referenced bills would legalize, regulate, and tax two forms of online poker known as Texas Hold’em and Omaha Hold’em. Specifically, these bills would empower the New York State Gaming Commission to issue up to 11 online gambling licenses and collect a license fee of $10 million from each licensee. In addition, these bills would…

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