At the New York State Capitol in Albany, thousands of bills are introduced for consideration every year. Many of those bills are inconsequential, many are ill-advised, and a few are good. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms spends a significant chunk of its resources on a fourth category of Albany bills: Bills that are morally unacceptable and destructive.
Each year, NYCF tracks and analyzes various bad bills. So far this year, our “bottom 10” list of the worst bills in Albany is as follows:
- Dignity for All Student Act (DASA) for Nonpublic Schools (Bill S.3696-Hoylman). This bill would bar non-public schools—including Christian schools—from treating homosexual behavior and transgenderism as the false constructs that they really are. It would infringe upon a faith-based school’s ability to uphold biblical standards regarding matters of human sexuality.
- Legalization and Commercialization of Recreational Marijuana (Bill S.1527-B-Krueger/A.1617-B-Peoples-Stokes; Gov. Cuomo’s budget proposal). New York has already decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. This bill is about the commercialization of cannabis. Legal weed means promoting pot to a new generation of young people.
- In re: Pregnancy Center Disclosures (Bill S.2264-Hoylman/A.2352-Glick). This bill would require pro-life pregnancy centers to follow a state-sponsored script in informing clients that they do not offer abortion services and potentially subject pro-life centers to unnecessary state investigation and costly litigation.
- Legalization of Prostitution (Bill S.6419-Salazar/A.8230-Gottfried). It’s hard to think of any action that could degrade the dignity of a woman more than this bill.
- Bill S.517-B-Krueger/A.272-B-Seawright or Gov. Cuomo’s proposed constitutional amendment on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression”. This bill would take two existing protected classes under New York civil rights law and make them into protected clauses under the New York State Constitution itself. It essentially would elevate the state’s “Bathroom Bill” legislation to a constitutionally protected measure.
- The New York State Equal Rights Amendment (Bill S.3249-Salazar/A.271-Seawright), which would open the door to lawsuits seeking to further expand abortion access in New York.
- HPV Vaccination Mandate (Bill S.298-A-Hoylman/A.2912-Paulin). Should a student be subject to a mandatory vaccination against a sexually-transmitted disease to sit in a social studies class? NYCF doesn’t believe so and is pushing back against this proposal.
- In re: Paid Surrogacy Agreements and Assisted Reproduction (Bill S.2071-A-Hoylman/A.1071-B-Paulin). Contractual surrogacy exploits women and commodifies children.
- In re: Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide (Bill S.3947-Savino/A.2694-Paulin. The state should not be sending mixed messages regarding suicide. Suicide, assisted or otherwise, should be rejected.
- The New York Health Act (Bill S.3577-Rivera/A.5248-Gottfried), which would create a state-run scheme of socialized health insurance.