FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2019
Contact: Paulette Soltani, 775-340-2359, firstname.lastname@example.org
Advocates Urge Legislature to Remain Until All Bills Promised a Vote Get One
Advocates have trusted legislators who promised them a vote on life-or-death legislation before the session closes. In a statement signed by 7 groups, they say that legislators cannot spend the next six months at home until those votes are counted.
New York, NY (June 20, 2019)—A host of bills–some which have been on the calendar for nearly a week–almost all guaranteed passage, may not get a vote if the legislature wraps up tonight as predicted. In response, the following groups have released the following joint statement: Citizen Action of NY, Communities United for Police Reform Action Fund, Drug Policy Alliance, JustLeadershipUSA, Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, VOCAL-NY
“Daily over the past several weeks, New Yorkers from all over the state have made the journey to the Capitol daily, waiting to hear if legislation that could save and improve their lives–and the lives of their loved ones–would pass in the wake of the ‘Blue Wave.’ Now, we are hearing many say that time is running out–that many legislators are tired, and so we may have to wait until next year for urgently needed legislation. Bills with broad support are pending to expand lifesaving treatment to those struggling with an opioid use disorder; to stop suffering for those locked away in solitary confinement; to see the disciplinary records of police who are sworn to protect us; to be able to show up for a court appearance without fear of Immigration and Customs Enforcement picking them up; to attend school without fear of racially-disparate suspensions; and to simply walk around as a trans or gender-nonconforming person unharrassed by discriminatory policing.”
“Legislators have had six months to make good on their promises to get this done. If they have not been able to do it yet, it is their fault alone–and they should remain in Albany until every bill gets a fair vote. By adjourning any minute before then, Democratic leadership is leaving critical bills on the table that we know have the votes to pass and would transform the lives of millions of New Yorkers. All these bills must be voted on in this session.”