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Albany Enters Second Half Of Legislative Session

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2021

The New York state budget process for the 2021-2022 fiscal year was completed earlier this month. In an ideal world, each year’s legislative session would be completed upon the passage of the budget. However, the real world is far from ideal, and the 2021 legislative session is not scheduled to conclude until June 10. This…

Court Rejects Special Prosecutor Provision In People With Special Needs Act

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2021

In a recent decision, the New York Court of Appeals—New York’s highest state court—threw out part of a 2012 state law relating to persons with disabilities. The Court held that the 2012 Protection of People with Special Needs Act violated the New York State Constitution by creating a statewide special prosecutor to work on crimes…

Progressives Push Fellow Democrats To Pack The Court

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2021

It’s safe to say that Democrats in Washington, D.C. are preoccupied with the Supreme Court. When it comes to the high court, Democrats have endured difficult setbacks in recent years. In 2016, following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republican colleagues declined to confirm President Barack Obama’s Supreme…

Sports Betting Included In Enacted State Budget

By Albany Update | Apr 10, 2021

On April 7, 2021, the New York State Legislature finished passing budget bills for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The $212 billion budget—passed six days late—includes tax increases for millionaires, a $3 billion environmental bond act to be placed on the ballot in 2022, and a controversial measure providing one-time unemployment benefits to illegal immigrants. Sadly,…

Federal Court Upholds Free Speech For Faculty

By Albany Update | Apr 10, 2021

A recent federal court case represents a step in the right direction on free speech for faculty at public universities. On March 26, 2021, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a professor at Shawnee State University in Ohio was free to refrain from addressing a “transgender” student using that student’s preferred pronoun. According…

Caregiving Visitors Bill Signed

By Albany Update | Mar 31, 2021

On March 29, 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Bill S.614-B-May/A.1052-B-Bronson into law. Bill S.614-B-May/A.1052-B-Bronson requires nursing homes to allow residents to designate up to two personal caregiving visitors. The new law allows these designated personal caregiving visitors to visit nursing home residents, even during public health emergencies. These visitors are required to follow the same…

New York State Commercializes Cannabis

By Albany Update | Mar 31, 2021

On March 30, 2021, each house of the New York State Legislature passed the Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) (Bill S.854-A-Krueger/A.1248-A-Peoples-Stokes). Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law the next morning. The new law legalizes recreational marijuana and allows the commercial sale of the drug to persons over 21. It will also allow…

Albany Poised To Pass Pot Legislation

By Albany Update | Mar 28, 2021

Late Saturday evening, it was announced that a three-way deal between legislative leaders and the Governor’s office was reached on a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in New York. The bill, S.854-A (Krueger)/A.1248-A (Peoples-Stokes), known as the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), would: Allow New Yorkers over the age of 21 to purchase…

Multiple Cuomo Investigations Expected To Last Months

By Albany Update | Mar 28, 2021

As controversy and scandal continue to swirl around Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Governor has maintained his innocence of the most serious allegations against him, rebuffed calls for his resignation, and asked the public to reserve judgment on his situation until pending investigations into his conduct have been concluded. While dozens of elected officials have called…

Schumer Fully Committed To “For The People Act” Farce

By Albany Update | Mar 28, 2021

On March 3, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the misleadingly-named For the People Act of 2021 (H.R. 1-Sarbanes). The bill was passed by a margin of 220-210; no House Republicans voted in favor of it. At a March 17, 2021 press conference, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stated his commitment to passing…

Senate Republicans Seek To Rescind Group Home COVID Directive

By Albany Update | Mar 26, 2021

A group of 13 State Senate Republicans has introduced a bill to rescind an April 10 Cuomo administration directive that requires group homes for the developmentally disabled to admit residents with COVID-19. Bill S.5922-Martucci provides that “no residential facility for the care and treatment of persons with developmental disabilities [shall] knowingly allow a resident who…

Covid Directive Continues To Endanger Developmentally Disabled

By Albany Update | Mar 20, 2021

Over the past few months, much attention has been paid to the Cuomo Administration’s disastrous March 2020 COVID-19 nursing home directive. That directive required that nursing homes admit COVID-19 patients who had been discharged from hospitals. A recent article in the New York Post reveals that a similar directive was made by the Cuomo Administration…

Legal Weed Could See Vote This Week

By Albany Update | Mar 20, 2021

The State of New York has an unfortunate history of passing budgets that include controversial provisions that have little or nothing to do with dollars and cents. Sadly, just last year, a paid surrogacy law found its way into the budget. The 2019-2020 budget contained a raft of unrelated legislation, including bail reforms, a plastic…

Big Gambling Seeks Sports Betting, More Casinos and Tax Breaks

By Albany Update | Mar 20, 2021

New York lawmakers may include not one, but two, types of gambling expansion in the upcoming 2021-2022 state budget. As Albany Update has previously noted, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has become an avowed supporter of mobile sports gambling. This year, the Governor and the Legislature have included mobile sports gambling within their respective budget proposals. As…

Congressional Votes Raise Concerns For Social Conservatives

By Albany Update | Mar 20, 2021

On February 25, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the disastrous and misleadingly-named Equality Act. Last week, the House demonstrated that it isn’t finished passing bad bills. On March 17, 2021, the House reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and passed a resolution to remove the ratification deadline for the proposed Equal Rights…

NYCF Hosts “Legislative Day 2021: A Digital Day of Action”

By Albany Update | Mar 16, 2021

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), New York’s statewide evangelical Christian advocacy organization, holds its first-ever Digital Day of Action today. NYCF Executive Director Jason J. McGuire made the following comments: “For decades, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has held its annual Legislative Day in Albany on the third Tuesday in March. This year, COVID-19 and social…