Supported Legislation

2016-2017

Pay Equity  Prohibits employers from seeking salary history from prospective employees.

2014-2015

PAID FAMILY LEAVE ACT The PFLA  would allow New York State’s workers to remain in the workforce and still receive income, while taking leave to care for their family. The PFLA will provide workers in New York State with up to 12 weeks of paid leave a year to bond with a new child, care for a seriously ill family member, or address certain issues arising from a family member’s military service. It will be part of the existing Temporary Disability Insurance program, and will be initially financed through small employee payroll contributions. With the high participation rates in the workforce by mothers and caregivers, combined with the competing pressures of paid work and family responsibilities, the PFLA will work to close gaps in our current leave system.

2012-2015

TRAFFICKING VICTIMS PROTECTION AND JUSTICE ACT    The TVPJA seeks to address child sexual abuse and exploitation, including forcing minors into prostitution, in a comprehensive way by enhancing protection for trafficking victims.  It increases accountability for buyers and traffickers who are fueling the growth of this massive underground industry and it helps prevent re-victimization of trafficking victims by the justice system.  The bill looks to close any gaps and loopholes from the 2007 NYS Human Trafficking Law and the 2008 Safe Harbor Law that deal with how prostituted minor children are treated within the justice system.  To read NYSPAC’s position statement on the TVPJA, please click here.

This important bill was passed in both the NYS Senate and NYS Assembly in 2015, largely due to NYSPAC’s advocacy efforts.

2011-2012

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS JUSTICE ACT   The New York State Public Affairs Committee (NYSPAC) of the Junior League supports the enactment of legislation that would allow for judicial discretion during sentencing of victims of domestic violence who are convicted of crimes directly related to the abuse they suffered.

PROHIBITING HOUSING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS The New York State Public Affairs Committee (NYSPAC) of the Junior League supports the enactment of legislation that would prohibit housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence (DV).  The legislation aims to include victims of DV as a protected class in the housing provisions of the Human Rights Law, allowing the State to ensure that they will not be prevented from obtaining or maintaining housing as a result of their status as victims of DV.

2010-2011

CHILDREN’S NUTRITION    The New York State Public Affairs Committee (NYSPAC) of the Junior League urges New York State Assembly and Senate members to support the passage of legislation A.6900, providing for the sale and availability of healthy foods and beverages sold in school vending machines and setting standards on their nutritional value.

2009-2010

CHILDREN’S NUTRITION    The New York State Public Affairs Committee of the Junior Leagues urges the enactment of legislation to improve the nutritional well-being of New York’s children. Current bills that would address this issue being considered by the New York State legislature include the Healthy Schools Act (A.7804/S.4118), establishing healthy nutritional standards for food and beverages served in schools; A.7124.S.1446, providing for the sale of healthy foods and beverages on school property and at school functions; and S.5785, establishing statewide school nutrition standards.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS JUSTICE ACT   The New York State Public Affairs Committee of the Junior League requests that the Legislature consider efforts to support proposed legislation allowing for judicial discretion during sentencing of defendants who are victims of domestic violence, the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (DVSJA). The DVSJA would ease the burdens of domestic violence victims and their families while decreasing both prison costs and population.

2008-2009

MERIT TIME FOR INCARCERATED DV VICTIMS    The New York State Public Affairs Committee (NYSPAC) of the Junior League supports the Legislature’s efforts to pass legislation on merit time provisions for incarcerated victims of domestic violence, and urges the enactment of A.04516B and S.3438.

INTERNET LURING     The New York State Public Affairs Committee (NYSPAC) of the Junior League supports the enactment of legislation to amend the current penal code by creating the crime of enticing or luring a child on the internet, or via any electronic means, for the purpose of committing a violent or sexual act, and to apply it as a class C felony. We support the New York State Assembly’s efforts to pass legislation on this important issue, and urge the Members to work together to enact A.01527 immediately.

2007-2008

FUNDING FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS     The New York State Public Affairs Committee (NYSPAC) of the Junior League urges New York State Assembly and Senate members to support the passage of legislation A10228, a bill to amend the social services law to permit all victims of human trafficking and domestic violence, including non-qualified aliens, to be eligible for emergency domestic violence residential services while at the same time ensuring that the service providers are reimbursed by the State.

MERIT TIME FOR INCARCERATED DV VICTIMS    The New York State Public Affairs Committee (NYSPAC) of the Junior League supports the enactment of legislation on merit time provisions for incarcerated victims of domestic violence. We support the New York State Assembly’s and Senate’s efforts to pass legislation on this important issue, and urge the Members to work together to enact A.06150/S.3164 immediately.

CHILDREN’S NUTRITION    The New York State Public Affairs Committee (NYSPAC) of the Junior League supports the enactment of legislation to improve the nutritional well-being of New York’s children. Examples of such bills being considered by the New York State legislature include The Healthy Schools Act, establishing healthy nutritional standards for the food and beverages served in schools, and A.3826, adding diabetes screening to existing school physicals. NYSPAC urges members of the New York State Senate and Assembly to support the passage of these important pieces of legislation.

2006-2007

CHILDREN’S NUTRITION    The New York State Public Affairs Committee (NYSPAC) of the Junior League urges New York State Assembly and Senate members to support the passage of legislation A.07086/S.4169, providing for the sale, availability and distribution of healthy foods and beverages in school stores, vending machines, cafeterias and at school functions, and setting requirements on portion sizes and nutritional value.

COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING    The New York State Public Affairs Committee (NYSPAC) of the Junior League supports the enactment of legislation to combat human trafficking. NYSPAC applauds the New York State Senate in supporting legislation that helps to address this important issue by passing S.78A earlier this year, and also supports the Assembly’s efforts to pass a bill on this important issue. NYSPAC urges members of the New York State Assembly and Senate to work together to enact a strong, comprehensive state law immediately.

FAIR HOUSING FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS    Domestic violence increases the risk of homelessness in families. Of the 24 cities surveyed by the 2005 U.S. Conference of Mayors, 50% of them identified domestic violence as a primary cause of homelessness. A comprehensive study from 2005 cited by National Coalition for the Homeless found that “one out of every four homeless women is homeless because of violence committed against her.”

SUPPORTING CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE    The New York State Public Affairs Committee (NYSPAC) of the Junior League supports the enactment of legislation that would reform the foster care system and improve the lives of children within it. The current system is in dire need of change. Caseworkers are overloaded, and every year children who age out of the State’s foster care system lose access to medical care, including many who require medications that enable them to stay healthy and have a better chance at functioning in society.

2005-2006

PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH PARITY FOR INSURANCE COVERAGE    The New York State Public Affairs Committee (NYSPAC) of the Junior League supports the enactment of “Timothy’s Law,” legislation that establishes mental health parity for health insurance coverage, and urges members of the New York State Senate and Assembly to support the passage of such legislation.

PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATORY HOUSING PRACTICES FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE VICTIMS    Homelessness among domestic violence victims is a significant problem that can prevent such victims from stabilizing their lives, and the lives of their children and other dependents. While homelessness can result from a number of factors, in a 1999 publication the United States Conference of Mayors identified domestic violence as a significant cause of homelessness.

HEALTHY VENDING MACHINES    The New York State Public Affairs Committee (NYSPAC) of the Junior League supports the enactment of A.05882/S.4940, prohibiting sales of food and beverages of minimal nutritional value in vending machines on the ground or property of schools during school hours. NYSPAC urges members of the New York State Senate and Assembly to support the passage of this important legislation.

MEAGAN’S LAW    We thank the Senate and Assembly for passing tighter registration requirements under Megan’s Law. We also applaud their efforts in reaching agreement on a compromise bill for Governor Pataki to sign. The new legislation helps our communities and law enforcement agencies to better monitor those who pose a threat to our children’s safety.