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2017 PSF

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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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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Healthy Teens Act (S.1070-Rivera/A.2705-Gottfried)

The Healthy Teens Act (Bill S.1070-Rivera/A.2705-Gottfried) would create a new stream of taxpayer funding for “age-appropriate” comprehensive sex education in New York’s public schools. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms opposes this legislation because it would fail to achieve its stated goal. Download

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