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lnyvLegislature Passes Reproductive Health Legislation
Another exciting week in Albany! This week the legislature passed two more of the League's priority reforms - the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act.
A special thank you and congratulations to the League's Women's Issues Specialist, Barb Thomas! Barb has been working on these issues for many years and we are so grateful for her expertise and persistence on these crucial women's health reforms.
The League participated in several events throughout the day including a large press conference and rally. After passage, the Governor immediately signed the Reproductive Health Act, legislation that will codify Roe v. Wade in New York State. This legislation also takes abortion out of criminal code and moved it into health code.

The legislature also passed the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act, legislation that mandates insurers to cover all forms of birth control, and  the "BOSS Bill", which will prohibit employers from discriminating against employees based on the employees' or dependent's reproductive health decisions.
senGovernor Signs Voting Reform Bills
 On Thursday the Governor signed the package of voting reforms passed by the legislature. We were honored to attend the ceremonial bill signing in New York City. The League's President, Dare Thompson, stood right over the Governor's shoulder as he signed one of the bills. It was a small but impactful event.

highlightNext Week's Session Highlights
The legislature has promised to pass a package of gun control reforms early next week including the bump stock ban and red flag bill. They are also expected to pass the Child Victims Act. 
Upcoming Events:

Medical Aid in Dying Rally and Press Conference: January 28th
Join us on Monday, January 28th to rally in support of Medical Aid in Dying. The event will be held at 10:30 on the Million Dollar Staircase in the Capitol. The group has asked attendees to meet before hand at the backside of the Capitol Dunkin Dounts at 9:30 am to get materials and signs.

The press conference and rally will be hosted by Compassion and Choices

 climateClimate Justice Lobby Day: February 5th
The NY Renews Coalition will be holding a 100% Renewable Energy and Climate Justice lobby day in Albany on February 5th. Although the League is not a member of this coalition we are sharing because we know a large number of our members support and are interested in these issues.
 You can find out more and register here.

censusNew York Counts 2020 Lobby Day: March 5th
The League recently became a coalition partner with New York Counts 2020.  New York Counts 2020 is a broad-based, statewide coalition composed of racial, ethnic, immigrant, religious, health, education, labor, housing, social services, and business groups working in partnership with state and local government officials.  Their aim is to ensure that New Yorkers across the state - particularly marginalized communities in hard-to-count districts - can fully maximize their participation in the 2020 Census. 
On March 5th they will hold a lobby day in Albany in support of funding for educational efforts surrounding the census question. You can learn more about New York Counts 2020 here and sign up for their lobby day here.

League Lobby Day: April 30th
Mark your calendar! The League will hold its annual lobby day in Albany on April 30th. We will once again be convening in meeting rooms A and B of the New York State Museum. Stay tuned for an upcoming registration form and additional details on the format for the day.
SessionCalendarWeekly Session Calendar:

Monday, January 28th
-Assembly Session @ 2:00 pm watch live
- Senate Session @ 3:00 pm watch live
Medical Aid in Dying Press Conference and Rally @ 10:30

Tuesday, January 29th
-Assembly Session @ 1:00 pm watch live
- Senate Session @ 11:00 pm watch live
Joint Public Hearing on Public Protection @ 9:30. The League will be testifying in support of funding for early voting in the state budget. You can watch live here

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