For several years now, much of the progressive legislation we support has been rolled up into the budget. This year, we'll probably see it again. The budget is the most important moral document to come out of the Legislature each year. The budget for 2018-2019 gets put together from now through November, as the Governor, Senate and Assembly create their budget documents. Here are some especially important bills to look at during this runup to the next session of the legislature:
- The Climate and Community Protection Act. This would move up the timetable for all renewable energy in New York State.
- The Humane Alternatives to Long Term Solitary Confinement Act (HALT), which would put the brakes on the excessive use of isolation torture in New York prisons.
- The Dream Act, which would help the children of undocumented immigrants get through college.
There may be more. We'll let you know.
Yours in Community,
Robb Smith, Executive Director, IINYS