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lnyvEarly Voting Funding Testimony
This week the League testified before the Joint Budget Committee on Public Protection. This committee oversees funding related to government agencies that provide judicial services and government security. One of the many agencies under this umbrella is the State Board of Elections.

The League presented testimony calling for $9 million in funding for the implementation of early voting in 2019. This funding would cover the cost of poll site rentals, security, staff, and voter education. We recommended the state allocate an additional $9 million for technology upgrades and new voting equipment including electronic poll books.

You can read our full testimony here.
 
senLetter to Legislative Leaders on Ethics Reforms
 In addition to our voting advocacy, this week the League signed on to a letter to legislative leaders calling for passage of reforms to increase transparency and accountability in New York's contract procurement process.

The League has been working with our good government partners to pass meaningful reforms that would prevent future corruption in the state's contract bidding and awardment process. We are once again working with our partners to see these reforms included in the state budget legislation.

You can read the letter and statement here.

sblkState Budget Lobby Kit
Next week we will be releasing a packet of lobbying materials that local Leagues can use to conduct their own advocacy on funding for early voting, campaign finance, and ethics. This packet will include a simplified version of our testimony and talking points on some of the ethics legislation included in the Governor's budget proposal.
 
highlightMember Call on Voting Reform Bills: February 7th
Join us next Thursday, February 7th, at 7:00 pm for a member-wide call 
to discuss the current state of voting reforms recently passed by the legislature and budgetary implications for these reforms.

Call In: (800) 220-9875
Code: 24883385
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 climateFair Elections Lobby Day: February 12th
Fair Elections NY is A broad coalition of individuals and groups from across New York working to pass comprehensive campaign finance reform, including public financing with a small-donor match. The coaltion will be holding a lobby day on February 12th. The coalition is arranging buses from all over the state as plans to provide lunch for attendees.
 
 You can find out more and register here.

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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, February 4th
-Assembly Session @ 2:00 pm watch live
- Senate Session @ 3:00 pm watch live
Senate Election Law Committee @10 am. Watch Live.
The committee will take up a bill to allow for Electronic Poll Books and the voter Friendly Ballot Act.

Tuesday, February 5th
-Assembly Session @ 1:00 pm watch live
- Senate Session @ 11:00 pm watch live



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