State Legislative Session Enters Home Stretch

At the time of this writing, there are only four scheduled days left in the state legislative session that is scheduled to conclude on June 10, 2021. That makes this final week of the regular session make it or break it for the many of the issues that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has been working on for at least the past six months, and in many cases, multiple years.

New York Now reports that the Democratic Supermajorities have a number of issues under consideration, including:

  • The Elder Parole Act, which would give inmates an automatic parole hearing if they are over the age of 55 and have served 15 years of their sentence. 
  • The Fair and Timely Parole Act, which would require parole boards to give more weight to a person’s rehabilitation record in prison than to the crime that they originally committed.
  • The “Clean Slate” legislation, which would seal some felony and misdemeanor conviction records for up to 2 million New Yorkers who have completed their prison sentences.

There are also a few gun control measures that appear to be moving, one would permit gun manufacturers to be sued when guns are used to commit a crime.

Others are trying to pass legislation that would create a lockbox for funds secured through opioid settlements. In the coming months, New York and other states will begin seeing funds from opioid lawsuit settlements that could very well total in the billions. Advocates would like to see these funds directed to fighting opioid addiction and helping in recovery efforts, but the state has a nasty habit of raiding funds and using them for unrelated purposes.

There is also a major push underway for climate change legislation, but strategy and priority divisions on the political left may yet tank these proposals.

Social conservatives were buoyed last week when Corinne Carey, Senior Campaign Director for New York and New Jersey Compassion & Choices and an assisted suicide activist, emailed her supporters saying, “New York lawmakers will have just four session days left to advance legislation before leaving Albany for their home districts. Regrettably, it is unlikely that the New York Medical Aid in Dying Act [assisted suicide] will pass this year.” This admission from the pro-suicide lobby is a major pro-life victory for our state.

Be assured that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms will remain vigilant until the close of the 2021 legislative session.