Bill Memos

Water Charges for Hospitals and Charities in NYC

Memorandum of Support

Re: S9380 by Sepulveda / A10150 by Lucas

Extends the effectiveness of certain provisions relating to the establishment of certain water charges for hospitals and charities in New York City 

The above-referenced bill would extend a reduction in water charges that has long been offered to hospitals and other charitable organizations in New York City. The New York State Catholic Conference supports this legislation.  More

Composting of Human Bodies

Memorandum of Opposition

Re:  S5535 Comrie / A382 Paulin
In relation to the Composting of Human Bodies

The above-referenced bill seeks to add composting, or “natural organic reduction,” to the approved methods in New York State for the disposition of human remains.

The New York State Catholic Conference opposes this bill. More

Born Alive Abortion Survivors’ Protection Act

Memorandum of Support

Re: A4429 by Manktelow / S2569 by Helming

Establishing the born alive abortion survivors’ protection act

This legislation would restore legal protections to children who are born alive during late-term abortion procedures. The New York State Catholic Conference strongly supports this measure and urges favorable votes.


Parental Notification for Abortions Performed on Minors

Memorandum of Support

Re: A.3780 DeStefano

In relation to parental notification for abortions performed on minors

The New York State Catholic Conference supports the above-referenced legislation which would support parents in the discharge of their parental responsibilities and promote the structure and stability of the family unit. This bill would require 48 hours’ notice to one parent prior to abortions performed on children under age 18.

The Legislature in its wisdom has long recognized and respected the guiding role of parents in the upbringing of their children. It has often determined that immature minors may lack the ability to make fully informed decisions and has taken action to protect them. Absent specific parental consent under the law, children under age 16 cannot get married, work in many professions, obtain tobacco products or tattoos, perform professionally in the arts or sports, go hunting, or have a tooth drilled. Abortion, a potentially traumatic surgical procedure with physical and psychological consequences, is the exception.


Participating in State Contracts

Memorandum of Opposition

Re: S8061 Reichlin-Melnick

In relation to participating in state contracts

The above-referenced legislation declares that any state contract “shall be rendered forfeit and void” by the state comptroller if the contracted agency did not include in its employee health care plans “services for transgender, non-binary, and gender expansive people, including but not limited to hormone replacement therapy, gender-affirming surgery, and treatment typically associated with one particular gender.”


Written Notice for False-Positive Prenatal Testing Results

Memorandum of Support

Re: S8286 by Skoufis / A9413 by Griffin

Requires a written notice on the occurrence of a false-positive result for any condition tested during a prenatal test

The above-referenced bill would require written notice be provided to pregnant women regarding the possibility of false-positive prenatal testing results. The New York State Catholic Conference wholeheartedly supports this legislation.


Promote Public Awareness of Hospice and Palliative Care Services

Memorandum of Support

Re: S8205A by Hinchey / A8880A by Wallace

S8206A by Hinchey / A8881A by Wallace

Establishes a statewide advanced care planning campaign to promote public awareness of hospice and palliative care services

The above-referenced legislation would promote awareness of hospice and palliative care services and establish the office of hospice and palliative care quality.

The New York State Catholic Conference strongly supports both pieces of legislation.


Mother Teresa Remembrance Day

Memorandum of Support

Re: S.4978 Lanza

In relation to establishing September 4 as “Mother Teresa Remembrance Day”

The above-referenced legislation would establish September 4 as Mother Teresa Remembrance Day in New York State, commemorating the date of her canonization as a saint by Pope Francis on September 4, 2016.

The New York State Catholic Conference supports the legislation as a fitting tribute to one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th century.


Public Assistance for Diapers

Memorandum of Support

S63-A Persaud/A3451-A Solages
In relation to allowances for the costs of diapers

The above-referenced bill would amend the Social Services Law to provide eligible parents with an allowance for the purchase of diapers for their infants and toddlers. The New York State Catholic Conference supports this legislation and urges its approval.

Very often, young parents who are receiving public assistance benefits struggle economically to provide the basic necessities for their children, including housing, clothing, proper nutrition and medicines. They are forced to make difficult decisions to ensure the physical, emotional and moral well-being of their families.


Pregnancy Centers ‘Study’

Memorandum of Opposition

Re: A5499 Glick / S470 Hoylman
In relation to pregnancy centers

The above-referenced legislation would authorize the New York State Commissioner of Health to conduct a study and issue a report on the impact of pro-life pregnancy centers in the state. The pre-determined outcome of the “study” is that such services are too “limited” in denying pregnant women access to abortion.

The New York State Catholic Conference opposes this legislation and urges a negative vote. More