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FirstspotBudget Negotiations Continue
  It's been quiet at the Capitol this week. The legislature is still hearing budget testimony on the Governor's proposed budget plan. This week the Economic Development, Public Protection, and Education Committees met and heard testimony.

Our Education Specialist, Marian Bott, testified before the Education Committee on Wednesday. She advocated for increased funding for high needs school districts and a review of the foundation aid formula. You can read her full testimony here.
We are in the process of drafting testimony for the Public Protection Committee. This committee oversees the State Board of Elections. Our testimony will advocate for the Governor's voting proposals including early voting, automatic voter registration, and same day registration.

second Sign & Share the Let NY Vote Petition
LetNYVote has launched a petition drive to urge Governor Cuomo to include funding for early voting in his budget amendments. This petition will be delivered to the Governor in the second week of February.

Share the petition with your friends! The coalition is hoping to get as many NY voter signatures as possible before Feb 14th.

FebFebruary In-District Lobby Visits
The lobby packet for February visits is complete! Click here to see our lobby materials on early voting in the budget. If you are interested in attending a meeting, email your Issues and Advocacy Chair to let them know! 

We will be holding a training call on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00 pm to answer questions and prep members before their visits. If you are interested in calling in, email Jennifer at
Upcoming Events:


WomensMarchLWV Lobby Day: April 24th

We have scheduled our annual lobby day for Tuesday, April 24th. Lobby day is an opportunity for members to meet with their legislators in Albany. We will have presentations from our Issues Specialist and Legislative Director. If you are interested in attending sign up here!


NewsLeague in the News:
SessionCalendarWeekly Session Calendar:

Monday, February 5th
-Assembly Session @ 2:00 pm watch live
- Senate Session @ 3:00 pm watch live
  • Budget Hearing on Local Government. Live Stream here 
  • Assembly Elections Committee. TBD. Agenda here 
- An early voting bill will be moving in this committee. The bill number is A9608. You can read the bill text here. This bill only allows for 7 days of early voting and restricts primary election poll hours by 1 hour. We will not be issuing a support memo.
- The Voter Friendly Ballot Act, A9607, will also be moving. We support this bill and will issue a memo of support. You can find the bill text here
  • Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, 3:00 pm. Agenda and Live stream here 
Tuesday, February 6th
-Assembly Session @ 10:00 am watch live
- Senate Session @ 11:00 am watch live
  • Budget Hearing on Public Protection (this includes voting). Live Stream here 
  • Senate Health Committee, 9:30 am. Live stream here
  • Senate Local Government, 9:30 am. Live stream here
  • Assembly Education Committee, 9:30 am. Agenda here 

-Commissioner of the New York State Department of Education, MaryEllen Elia, will address the committee. 

  • Assembly Health Committee, 10:00 am. Agenda here 
  • Assembly Government Operations, 10:30 am. Agenda here 

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