As a Christian organization, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms seeks to influence legislation and legislators for the Lord Jesus Christ. Legislatively, we exercise our influence by protecting human life, promoting strong families, preserving religious liberty, and proclaiming justice and mercy.
NYCF recently released our 2017-2018 State Legislative Agenda. This document is a useful tool that helps to introduce our ministry to legislators, staffers, and potential supporters. Our Legislative Agenda explains the principles that we fight for and identifies key legislative proposals within the categories of life, family, religious liberty, and justice and mercy that have earned our support or our opposition.
While our 2017-2018 Legislative Agenda includes ideas that NYCF has been promoting for many years, it also features a variety of new topics. For example, the pro-family portion of NYCF’s agenda calls for a legislative resolution recognizing that pornography is a public health hazard. We also support legislation to correct grievous wrongs committed by the executive and judicial branches of state government. Last year, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that a person without a biological or adoptive relation to a child may seek child custody or visitation. Also, the Cuomo Administration has issued a regulation allowing Medicaid funding to be used to treat minors with gender dysphoria with puberty-suppressing drugs or cross-sex hormones; shockingly, the regulation even opens the door for Medicaid-funded “sex reassignment surgery” for minor patients. NYCF intends to introduce legislation to reverse these decisions.
Regarding religious liberty, NYCF is circulating a bill (S.2935-Gallivan/A.3765-Dinowitz) that would make it possible for churches to sell properties worth less than $200,000 without obtaining a court order. This bill would save churches—especially small churches—both time and money when they engage in real estate transactions. We also support S.895-Amedore, which would provide for a one-minute moment of silence at the beginning of each public school day; this bill would encourage badly-needed prayer in our schools.
Last year, the New York State Senate passed a bill that would ban colleges and universities from requiring homeschooled high school graduates to obtain General Education Development (GED) exams in order to (a) be admitted to college, or (b) graduate from college. NYCF is working on pushing this bill (A.1196-Simanowitz) across the finish line in 2017.
These are just some of the exciting ideas that NYCF is working on in Albany.