Bill Memos

Clean Slate Act

Memorandum of Concern

Re: S211-A Myrie / A1029-A Cruz
In relation to the Clean Slate Act

The above-referenced legislation would seal most misdemeanor and felony convictions following a waiting period and subject to certain conditions. While the NYS Catholic Conference is generally supportive of measures to give people convicted of crimes a second chance following the conclusion of their sentence, this bill has one critical flaw in that it would make it impossible for many organizations that work with children or vulnerable adults to adequately assess whether someone who wants to work or volunteer in one of their programs can safely be around children.

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Legally Protecting Health Care Providers Arranging Abortion Services via Telehealth

Memorandum of Opposition

Re: A1709-B Reyes / S1066-B Mayer
Relates to providing protections to health service providers who perform legally protected health services

The above referenced legislation purports to shield health care practitioners from legal action in other states for prescribing abortion medication via telehealth services. It also prevents medical malpractice insurers from taking adverse action against health care practitioners for providing these services. The New York State Catholic Conference is strongly opposed to this measure.

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Hospice and Palliative Care Access & Quality

Memorandum of Support

Re: A5587 Wallace / S4858 Hinchey
Establishes the offices of hospice and palliative care access and quality

The above-referenced bill would establish the office of hospice and palliative care access and quality. Sadly, this important legislation was vetoed by the Executive last year. The New York State Catholic Conference strongly supports this bill, and we hope to see it passed again and signed into law.

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Physician-Assisted Suicide

Memorandum of Opposition

Re:  A995-A Paulin/S2445-A Hoylman-Sigal
Relates to the medical aid in dying act

The above-referenced bill would add a new section of the Public Health Law to allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medication for the express purpose of ending a patient’s life.

The New York State Catholic Conference opposes this bill for many reasons.


Defining the human embryo as “tissue”

Memorandum of Opposition

Re: S3230-A Hoylman-Sigal / A117-A Paulin 
In relation to defining the human embryo as “tissue”

The above-referenced bill would add the “embryo” to the definition of human tissue under our Public Health Law. The New York State Catholic Conference opposes this legislation.

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Prohibited Hospital Interference with Patient Care

Memorandum of Opposition

Re: A5297 Paulin / S6616 May
Relates to prohibited hospital interference with patient care

The above-referenced legislation would purportedly prohibit hospital interference with patient care where the practitioner is acting in good faith and within their scope of practice. The bill is a clear violation of the rights of Catholic hospitals, and yet another attempt to disrupt the exceptional services that they provide.

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Down Syndrome Diagnosis Awareness

Memorandum of Support

Re: A4138-A McMahon
In relation to Down syndrome diagnosis awareness 

The above-referenced legislation would create a Down syndrome awareness program to provide up-to-date and evidence-based information on Down syndrome to health care providers who order tests for a pregnant woman or infants to screen for Down syndrome. The New York State Catholic Conference supports this legislation.

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Coverage for Prenatal Vitamins

Memorandum of Support

Re: S1965 Addabbo / A3865 Gunther
In relation to coverage for prenatal vitamins 

The above-referenced bill would require certain health and casualty insurers to provide coverage for prenatal vitamins. The New York State Catholic Conference supports this legislation.

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Support and Services for Unaccompanied Minors

Memorandum of Support

Re: A3271 Hevesi / S4419 Fernandez
Provides for support and services for unaccompanied minors with no lawful immigration status

The above-referenced legislation would provide a variety of supports and services to minors in New York State who have entered the United States unaccompanied and without lawful immigration status. Services include health and behavioral health services under the Child Health Insurance Program, counseling sessions with social workers, legal services, language services, employment assistance, bilingual support groups, and enrollment in public schools.

The New York State Catholic Conference supports this legislation.

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Policy-Based Exclusions

Memorandum of Opposition

Re: A733-A Rozic / S1003-A Hinchey
Relates to providing information to patients and the public on policy-based exclusions

The above referenced bill would require the commissioner of health to collect from each healthcare facility a list of its policy-based exclusions and publish such information on the department’s website. The New York State Catholic Conference is opposed to this legislation.

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