With new electoral legal guidelines, Democrats are stopping new energy in New York
New York is also poised to pass a spate of other laws in the coming weeks that will make the state one of the most liberal in the country, including plans to pass two laws on Tuesday to prevent so-called “conversion therapy” the practice is gay minors and the passing of the Law on Non-Discrimination of Gender Expression (Genda), which bans discrimination based on “gender identity or gender expression”.
Legislators are expected to pass bills to protect and extend abortion rights next week, marking the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade are bound and could face threat from a right-wing supreme court.
The Senate action was welcomed by many in the State Assembly who had previously passed such safeguards only to see them stall in the Republican-led Senate.
“It’s really nice that a lot of things that we’ve sometimes been working on for decades are finally going to happen,” said Richard Gottfried, a Manhattan MP who is the longest serving member of the Chamber. “I’m happy to be cheering the Senate on.”
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Mr Cuomo’s timetable for his agenda, which he also set out in a speech in mid-December and in his inaugural address on New Years Day, is the first 100 days of the meeting.
If anything, the legislature appeared to be agitating to act even faster than the governor, passing all seven electoral laws on the second day of its session and before its state address.
Part of this urgency apparently came from past frustration; Similar efforts to get an early vote, already legal in some form in 38 states, died of fierce fighting amid opposition from Republicans who were already in the New York elections, where there are 3.5 million more registered Democrats than Republicans stand. And the three new bills passed on Monday that would facilitate voter registration could only widen that gap.