As part of my community engagement platform, I promised to provide a regular weekly update on what’s happening up in Albany. The purpose of this update is to explain the major bills that we voted on in Albany, highlight upcoming issues, and demystify the legislative process overall.

As I gather your feedback, the format of this update may change as I play around with the best way to share this information — providing enough detail without over-sharing. Of course, I’m always more than happy to delve into more detail about specific bills or issues as they come up.

You can always email me directly at gounardes@nysenate.gov if you have any questions, ideas, or want additional information about what’s happening in Albany or the District. I’ll try my best to follow up with any comments posted below, but the best and most direct way to contact me is by email.

This is the second full week of the legislative session, and we were in session for two days this week. To see the full schedule of the legislation session, click here: https://www.nysenate.gov/sites/default/files/pdfs/2019_new_york_state_legislative_session_calendar.pdf

*Committee Meetings This Week*

Two of my committees met this week: Labor and Higher Education.

On Tuesday, the Labor Committee considered four important pieces of legislation that would add protections for workers in our state and create additional educational opportunities for our students. I voted for all four of them in the committee meeting:

All four of the bills were successfully voted out of the Labor Committee. Three of the bills are now in the Finance Committee. S660 was reported from the Rules Committee and passed the Senate with a vote of 56–6.

On Tuesday, the Higher Education committee considered S1250 and S1889, legislation to provide educational opportunities to many previously disenfranchised New Yorkers.

*Major Bills on the Senate Floor This Week*

This was another remarkable week in Albany. For the second week in a row, the New York State Legislature made bold, historic reforms that will advance New York in the direction that so many have been waiting for. On both Tuesday and Wednesday, we passed a number of bills that would ensure the protection of women’s health rights and expand access to educational opportunities in our State. For years, these bills were passed by the State Assembly, only to be blocked from even being brought up for debate and a vote in the State Senate in the past.

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On Tuesday, my Democratic colleagues in the State Senate and I achieved yet another historic milestone that was years in the making. Passed on the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, New York not only protected women’s reproductive rights, we also passed historic legislation to protect women’s access to health services and information, and to protect employees from discrimination based upon their reproductive choices.

The following bills were passed by the Senate:

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On Wednesday, we passed more historic legislation to expand access to educational opportunities in our state. I was a co-sponsor of all three of these bills and they passed the Senate:

Thanks for reading! As always, you can email me directly at gounardes@nysenate.gov or call my office at 718–238–6044.

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NYS Senator, District 22.

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NYS Senator, District 22.

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