Bill Memos

S.7154-A, Hannon / A.9566-B, Rosenthal: In relation to health care decision-making

Memorandum of Opposition

The above-referenced bill would remove an important safeguard currently in the Public Health Law that sets a reasonable and prudent standard that physicians and hospitals must observe when making decisions for individuals who lack capacity. This bill proposes to lower a decision-making standard currently found in our state’s Health Care Proxy Law. More


S.4178, Klein / A.3369, Morelle: In relation to the sale of monuments

Memorandum of Opposition

The above-referenced bill applies to cemeteries organized and operated under the Religious Corporations Law and attempts to prohibit those cemeteries from selling monuments and memorials. The Catholic Conference continues to object to governmental encroachment on the operation of church-affiliated cemeteries. These cemeteries perform burial services according to the rites and rituals of the Church and, as such, are and should remain outside the purview of governmental intrusion.

In addition, in these difficult fiscal times, it is necessary for financial stability to allow all cemeteries, not just religious cemeteries, to supplement and diversify their revenue sources to ensure perpetual care, maintenance and stability of the cemetery.

The New York State Catholic Conference strongly opposes this legislation. More


A.9938, Weinstein / S.7691, Felder: In relation to determinations of appropriate educational programs for certain students

Memorandum of Support

The above-referenced bill strengthens the special education placement and dispute resolution process, in the City of New York, to help ensure students with disabilities are placed in the most appropriate programs and that their families, when approved, receive tuition reimbursement in a timely and consistent manner.
The New York State Catholic Conference strongly supports this legislation.

New York State law reflects our long and well-established tradition of caring for students with disabilities – a law that is designed to ensure that our most fragile children are provided with the program and services that best meet their needs.

This legislation simply strengthens the provisions regarding tuition reimbursement to ensure that the family can continue to afford the most appropriate setting for their child. Specifically, the measure requires that the amount and schedule of tuition reimbursement be specified in any written settlement agreement. It requires the continuation of tuition reimbursement for a child’s program unless the Committee on Special Education amends or modifies the child’s Individualized Education Program.

The bill would also require a parent’s appeal of a district’s special education placement recommendation to be resolved via settlement or decision of an impartial hearing officer or state review officer within any applicable time periods prescribed by federal law.

For the above stated reasons, the New York State Catholic Conference strongly supports this measure and urges that it be enacted.


S.5879-B, Lanza / A.2240-D, Paulin: In relation to the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act

Memorandum of Support

This legislation would increase criminal penalties and facilitate prosecutions of those who buy and sell sex slaves in the human trafficking industry in New York State. The New York State Catholic Conference supports this measure and urges its enactment into law. More


S.3626-D, Lanza / A.7413-A, Colton: Teacher tax deduction for school supplies

Memorandum of Support

The above-referenced bill provides a personal income tax deduction up to $500 a year for school supplies paid for out of-pocket by elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and other personnel in public and non-public schools.

The New York State Catholic Conference supports this legislation. More


A.8769-A, Jaffee / S.6578-B, Krueger: In relation to reproductive health care decisions

Memorandum of Opposition

The above-referenced legislation aims to prevent employers — whether private, non-profit, for-profit or religious–from exercising their religious freedom in the businesses they operate. The New York State Catholic Conference opposes this bill. More


S.6286, DeFrancisco / A.8634, Perry: In relation to establishing a Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct

Memorandum of Support

The above-referenced legislation would establish the Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct. This Commission would be modeled after the State Commission on Judicial Conduct and would establish acceptable standards and reasonable accountability for prosecutors as they carry out their duties and responsibilities.

The New York State Catholic Conference supports the establishment of the State Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct, and strongly urges enactment of this legislation. More


A.497-A, Paulin / S.3134, Krueger: In relation to vaccines for minors without parental knowledge

Memorandum of Opposition

The above-referenced legislation would allow health practitioners to administer vaccines against sexually transmitted diseases to children without parental knowledge or consent. Because this proposal would seriously undermine parental authority, the New York State Catholic Conference opposes it and urges that it be defeated. More


A.619, Rosenthal / S.4922, Savino: Requiring only one witness to execute a valid Health Care Proxy

Memorandum of Opposition

The above-referenced bill amends the Public Health Law to require only one witness to execute a valid health care proxy in New York State. The current law requires that two witnesses be present.

The New York State Catholic Conference opposes this legislation. More


A.9640, Moya: In relation to NYS DREAM Act

Memorandum of Support

The above-referenced legislation would create the New York DREAM Fund Commission and would provide opportunities for immigrant students who meet certain criteria to be eligible for financial aid to assist them attend institutions of higher education.

The New York State Catholic Conference supports the New York State DREAM Act, and strongly urges enactment of this legislation. More