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Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts is the statewide representative for Planned Parenthood. We are on the front lines defending and advancing sexual and reproductive rights and access to care for all New Yorkers.

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Legislative Agenda 2017

Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts kicked off the 2017 New York State legislative session at our January Day of Action to defend and advance our access to reproductive health care and our reproductive rights in New York State.

Day of Action Agenda:

  • Support Family Planning Grant funding
  • Support Planned Parenthood
  • Preserve access to safe, legal abortion (A1748 Glick) (S2796 Krueger)
  • Strengthen contraceptive access (A1378 Cahill) (S3668 Bonacic)
  • Lead with bipartisan support with our lawmakers joining the NYS Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus

 

2017 Legislative Agenda:

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, our work continues to ensure that our state's public policy works for all New Yorkers. Legislation we supported during New York State’s 2017 legislative agenda included the following:

Protect our reproductive health access. 

  • Protect Planned Parenthood from federal funding cuts
  • Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (A1378 Cahill) (S3668 Bonacic): Strengthen contraceptive access through insurance.
    Status: Passed Assembly, Sent to Senate Insurance Committee, no Senate floor vote on this bill. Memo of Support 
  • Reproductive Health Act (A1748 Glick) (S2796 Krueger): Preserve access to safe, legal abortion.
    Status: Passed Assembly, Referred to Senate Health, no Senate floor vote on this bill. Memo of Support 
  • The Boss Bill (A566-A Jaffee) (S3791-A Krueger): prevent employers from retaliating against employees based on their personal reproductive health care decisions.
    Status: Passed Assembly , Referred to Senate Labor followed by Senate Rules, no Senate floor vote on this bill. Memo of Support 

Ensure our public policy keeps all New Yorkers healthy.

  • GENDA (A3358 Gottfried) (S502 Squadron): Prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, and includes offenses regarding gender identity or expression under the hate crimes statute.
    Status: Passed Assembly, referred to Senate Investigations and Government Operations, no Senate floor vote on this bill. Memo of Support 
  • DREAM Act: (A3039 Moya) (S471-A Peralta) Allow undocumented immigrants in New York to apply for state college tuition assistance.
    Status: Passed Assembly, referred to Senate Higher Education, no Senate floor vote on this bill.  
  • Healthy Teens Act (A2705 Gottfried) (S1070 Rivera): Establish an age-appropriate sex education grant program
    Status: Assembly bill in Assembly Ways and Means, Senate bill in Senate Finance. Memo of Support 
  • PEP for victims of sexual assault: (A2924 Peoples-Stokes)
    Status: Passed Assembly, referred to Senate Health, No Senate Same As. Memo of Support 
  • End conversion therapy (A3977 Glick) (S263 Hoylman): Designates as professional misconduct, engaging in sexual orientation change efforts by mental health care professionals upon patients under 18 years of age.
    Status: Passed Assembly, referred to Senate Higher Education. Memo of Support 
  • Menstrual equity (A588-A Rosenthal) (S6176 Little): Provides feminine hygiene products at no cost to individuals in correctional facilities. Passed Assembly, referred to Senate Rules. Memo of Support
  • Protection for pregnant inmates (A1610 Rozic) (S4795 Lanza) Codifies in New York State law the prohibition against the use of solitary confinement for pregnant inmates, and is a critical reform measure designed to protect the health and safety of pregnant women while they are incarcerated. Passed Assembly, referred to Senate Crime and Correction. Memo of Support