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SCOTUS Rules: Sports Betting Ban Violates States’ Rights

By Albany Update | May 18, 2018

On Monday, May 14, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association. In this case, the Court found a 1992 federal law called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) to be unconstitutional because it intrudes on state sovereignty. PASPA had banned most states from…

Amidst Scandal, Schneiderman Steps Down

By Albany Update | May 14, 2018

Eric Schneiderman has resigned his post as New York State Attorney General following allegations of violence against women. Schneiderman was first elected Attorney General in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014. Prior to becoming Attorney General, Schneiderman had served in the New York State Senate since 1999. Schneiderman’s resignation took effect on May 8, 2018.…

Assembly Passes Bathroom Bill for Eleventh Time

By Albany Update | May 14, 2018

On May 7, 2018, the New York State Assembly passed the Bathroom Bill (Bill S.7010-Hoylman/A.3358-Gottfried) for the eleventh consecutive year. The bill—also known as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA)—passed by a margin of 96-43. Every Assembly Republican except one voted against the bill, and it is possible that the one Republican “yea” vote was…

Political Correctness Lets Inmates Choose Male Or Female Housing

By Albany Update | Apr 21, 2018

On Monday, April 16, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new policy that will allow inmates in New York City jails to decide for themselves—based upon “gender identity”—whether they will be housed with men or with women. According to a press release, the City Commission on Human Rights has determined that the…

What Would A Senate Democratic Majority Leader Mean For Social Issues?

By Albany Update | Apr 15, 2018

Last week, Albany Update reported that the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC)—which has been in existence in the New York State Senate since 2011—was reuniting with the rest of the Senate Democratic Conference. Thus far, it appears that the reunification is taking effect. For Democrats, reunification is not the goal; it is merely a step toward…

Counselor Coercion Bills Crop Up In Counties

By Albany Update | Apr 14, 2018

When an LGBT-agenda bill fails to gain traction in Albany, LGBT advocates sometimes work to advance similar bills in counties and cities around the state. For example, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA)—also known as the Bathroom Bill—has languished in Albany for over a decade. During that time, however, similar local laws have passed in…

Underperforming Casinos Seek State Funds

By Albany Update | Mar 30, 2018

This was the final week in the negotiations leading to the passage of the 2019 New York State Budget, which is due to be completed by April 1. As you might expect, advocates for many interest groups were in Albany working feverishly to carve out their piece of the roughly $168 billion pie. One such…

President Donald Trump Authorizes Armed Forces to Restore Gender Sanity

By Albany Update | Mar 30, 2018

On Friday, March 23, President Donald Trump issued a directive allowing the U.S. Armed Forces to promote military readiness and common decency by preventing persons suffering from gender dysphoria from entering the Armed Forces. According to the White House, “‘the policies set forth by the Secretary of Defense state that transgender persons with a history…

Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Case Looks Promising

By Albany Update | Mar 23, 2018

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the case of NIFLA v. Becerra. As Albany Update has previously reported, NIFLA is a constitutional challenge to California’s Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act (also known as the FACT Act), which requires pro-life pregnancy centers to inform clients about the…

Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers Head To The High Court

By Albany Update | Mar 17, 2018

Oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States have been scheduled for March 20, 2018 in NIFLA v. Becerra, a case that has major implications for pro-life pregnancy centers and free speech. NIFLA v. Becerra arises out of a legal challenge to California’s Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act (also known as…

Percoco, Close Advisor To Cuomo, Convicted

By Albany Update | Mar 16, 2018

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (I Timothy 6:10). On March 13, 2018, a federal jury convicted Joe Percoco—a former close advisor of Gov. Andrew Cuomo—of three felonies: “[Conspiracy] to commit honest-services…

Trial Pulls Back Curtain On Cuomo’s Inner Circle

By Albany Update | Mar 12, 2018

As previously reported by Albany Update, the ongoing federal corruption trial of former Cuomo right-hand man Joe Percoco has pulled back the curtain on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s inner circle. Evidence presented at trial revealed that Percoco left his state position for eight months in 2014 to help run the Governor’s re-election campaign. However, according to…

Second Circuit Perpetuates Confusion

By Albany Update | Mar 12, 2018

Late last month, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bans discrimination based upon sexual orientation. In Zarda v. Altitude Express, the plaintiff—a skydiver who disclosed his homosexuality to a customer—was terminated from his position. The plaintiff claimed discrimination and sued in federal court,…

Governor’s Gay Panic Push Is Right Legislation Done The Wrong Way

By Albany Update | Feb 25, 2018

Albany Update has reported on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s most recent executive overreach: Barring the State of New York from doing business with entities that “discriminate” on the basis of the phony characteristics of sexual orientation and gender identity. In announcing that executive action, Gov. Cuomo also announced that he would take steps to ban the…

Erie County Legislature Votes To Criminalize Christian Counseling

By Albany Update | Feb 25, 2018

For the past several years, LGBT advocates have been pushing the New York State Legislature to pass the Counselor Coercion Bill, which would ban licensed mental health professionals from assisting minor clients in overcoming unwanted same-sex attraction. Thus far, their advocacy has failed in the New York State Senate. However, LGBT advocates have continued to…

President Trump, U.S. Senate Continue To Make Progress on Judicial Nominations

By Albany Update | Feb 25, 2018

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to nominate conservative judges to the federal bench. So far, the President—with the help of U.S. Senate Republicans—is keeping his promise. In addition to nominating Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States, President Trump and the Republican-led Senate also filled 12 vacancies in federal…