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Legislative Agenda 2019

Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts will always advocate for bills essential to our health and well-being. While the New York State legislative session runs from January to June, we never stop working so that our state's public policy protects our access to reproductive health care and keeps New Yorkers healthy. The legislation we support during New York State’s 2019 legislative session includes but is not limited to the following:

2019 Legislative Accomplishments 

  • Protect funding for family planning and reproductive health care services.
  • Reproductive Health Act (A 21 Glick/S 240 Krueger): Preserves access to safe, legal abortion. Passed by the Assembly and Senate and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on January 22, 2019. Learn more.
  • Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (A 585-A Cahill/S 659-A Salazar): Strengthen contraceptive access through insurance. Passed by the Assembly and Senate on January 22, 2019 and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on April 12th, 2019. 
  • Maternal Mortality Review Board (A 3276 Joyer/S 1819 Rivera): Establishes a Maternal Mortality Review Board to review every maternal death that takes place in the state and to develop strategies aimed at preventing maternal deaths and complications in the future is a step forward. Passed the Assembly and Senate on March 20, 2019. 
  • Banning Unconsented Pelvic Exams (A 6325 Solages/S 1092 Persaud): Unconsented pelvic exams are a violation of consent and bodily autonomy, widely unnecessary, and they normalize toxic behavior that displays women’s bodies as open for unconsented invasion. The practice of unconsented pelvic exams is outlawed in Hawaii, California, Illinois, Virginia, Utah, and Oregon, but it is still legal in the rest of the country, despite widespread condemnation of the practice. Passed the Senate on June 14th, 2019 and the Assembly on June 18th, 2019. Signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on October 7th, 2019.
  • GENDA (A 747 Gottfried/S 1047 Hoylman): Prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression and includes offenses regarding gender identity or expression under the hate crimes statute. Passed both the Senate and Assembly on January 15, 2019 and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on January 25, 2019. 
  • The Boss Bill (A 584 Jaffee/S 660 Metzger): Prevents employers from retaliating against employees based on their personal reproductive health care decisions. Passed by the Assembly and Senate on January 22, 2019
  • Expedited Partner Therapy (A 2998 Bichotte/S 1799 Rivera): Allows for Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) where the CDC recommends it. At present, that means the addition of gonorrhea. Passed by the Senate on April 14th, 2019 and passed by the Assembly on April 25th, 2019. 
  • Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Access for Sexual Assault Survivors (A 1204 Peoples-Stokes/S 2279 Hoylman): Would afford sexual assault victims access to a full regimen of PEP with the option for payment assistance from the Office of Victim Services. These changes, though subtle, would give victims peace of mind—clinically and financially. Passed by the Assembly on June 17th, 2019 and passed by the Senate on June 19th, 2019. 
  • Ending the Use of the Gay/Tran "Panic" Defense (A 8375 O'Donnell/S 6573 Hoylman): Eliminate the affirmative defense of extreme emotional distress in cases where the perpetrator became violent due to the “discovery, knowledge, or disclosure” of the victim’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex assigned at birth. Passed both the Senate and Assembly on June 19th, 2019. 
  • Child Victims Act (A 2683 Rosenthal/S2440 Hoylman): Extend by five years the criminal statute of limitations for sexual crimes committed against minors, allowing survivors more time to process and disclose. It would also extend the statute of limitations for civil actions until the victim turns 50 and open a window for the civil and criminal prosecution of cases that have already passed the current statute of limitations. Passed both the Senate and Assembly on January 28, 2019 and was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on February 14, 2019.
  • Voting Rights reform package: A participatory democracy creates a better government for all New Yorkers. To increase voter participation, New York must make voting more accessible. Voting reforms include early voting (A780 Lavine/S1102 Myrie), streamlined transfer of registration within the state (A775 Dinowitz/S1099 Carlucci), no excuse absentee voting (A 778 Vanel/S 1049 Comrie), same day registration (A 777 Carroll/S 1048 Gianaris), pre-registration for 16- and 17-year olds (A 774 Lavine/S 1100 Carlucci), and extending the time for mailing overseas ballots for military personnel (A 779 Lavine/S 1103 Stewart-Cousins). Passed the Assembly and Senate on January 14th, 2019 and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on January 24th, 2019. 
  • Jose Peralta NYS DREAM Act (A 782 De La Rosa/S 1250 Sepulveda: Allows undocumented immigrants in New York to apply for state college tuition assistance. Passed by the Assembly and Senate on January 23, 2019 and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on April 12th, 2019.
  • Menstrual Equity (A 290 Rosenthal / S 3125 Biaggi): Provides menstrual products free of charge in charter schools. Passed by the Senate and Assembly on February 27th, 2019. 
  • Menstrual Product Labeling (A 164 Paulin/S 2387 Persaud): Requires all menstrual products sold in New York to include a printed list of ingredients. Passed by the Senate on June 17th, 2019 and passed by the Assembly on June 20th, 2019. Signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on October 11th, 2019.

Priorities looking forward to 2020 Session

  • Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) (A 6512 Nolan/S 4844 Metzger): The inclusion of comprehensive, medically accurate, culturally, age and developmentally appropriate sexuality education (CSE) in publicly funded K-12 schools statewide.
  • Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC) Study Bill (A 8212 Glick /S 311 Hoylman): Anti-abortion pregnancy centers often masquerade as full-service health centers promising customers services including free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and unbiased counseling. Anecdotal evidence suggests their main purpose is to persuade women not to seek abortion care. PPESA supports legislation that will advance the study of Limited Services Pregnancy Centers (commonly referred to as CPCs) in our state to understand how they function and affect reproductive health care.
  • Essential Plan for All (A 5974 Gottfried/S 3900 Rivera): Supports a state-funded Essential Plan program for immigrants whose status makes them ineligible for other state and federally-funded coverage. Everyone's health depends on access to health care and coverage. 
  • Temporary Protected Status (A 3316 Solages/S 1809 Rivera): Ensures that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries are eligible for Medicaid benefits despite any federal actions aimed at eliminating this program.
  • Menstrual Equity (A 686 Rosenthal, A 305 Rosenthal): PPESA supports a series of bills to improve access to free menstrual products for incarcerated women, women in temporary housing, and youth.
  • Removal of Loitering for the Purpose of Prostitution (A 654 Paulin/S 2253 Hoylman): Repeals a section of the Penal Law, relating to loitering for the purpose of engaging in a prostitution offense.  This section of the law has led to arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement by targeting cisgender and transgender women of marginalized communities that are at high risk for sex trafficking or other exploitation and abuse. 
  • Vacating Offenses Resulting from Sex Trafficking (A 982 Gottfried/S 3181 Lanza): Relates to confidentiality of records in proceedings to vacate convictions for offenses resulting from sex trafficking, labor trafficking and compelling prostitution. 
  • Ending the Practice of Solitary Confinement: PPESA supports efforts to eliminate solitary confinement, including legislation that codifies in New York state law the prohibition against the use of solitary confinement for pregnant inmates - a critical reform measure designed to protect the health and safety of pregnant people while they are incarcerated.