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Watch-Dog Issues

The National and State Leagues have many reached consensus on scores of issues.  Our League, each year, prioritizes a handful of these based on members who take on responsibility for educating others, tracking legislation, advocating for priority bills, and — after consensus has been reached with the State or National League — lobbying our representatives for legislation related to that handful of priorities.

Some issues, even if ranked as lesser priority for PWM committees, matter to members. Many of these are prioritized by NYS Issues Specialists and committees made up of members from local Leagues around NYS.

We call these “Watch-Dog” issues because … when we hear barking … we roll into action.  Issues Specialists, their committees, and NYS can send “action alerts” about particular bills that need immediate advocacy.

We hear barking from 4 NYS Leagues about Waste

Here is the position they seek to have NYS adopt by concurrence with the Leagues from Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties:  Click here.

Watch-Dog for PWM — Program Priority for other NYS Leagues

If you are interested in working on any of these issues, we can join you up with members of NYS local Leagues who prioritize them.  LWV of PWM will be thrilled to have you bring back what you learn and what we need to act on.

  • Campaign Finance Reform

  • Criminal Justice

  • Education Finance

  • Election Law

  • Energy, Agriculture, and Environment

  • Equality of Opportunity, Domestic Violence, & Human Trafficking

  • Healthcare

  • Judicial/Court Reform

  • Medical Aid In Dying

  • Rural Caucus

Digital Equity

Of importance to all of us for healthcare, for remote work, for education, voter services, you name it.  In achieving the National League Adoption of NYS Healthcare language, we also sought (and won) National League Adoption of a Digital Equity position.  You can read more here (scroll to the bottom).  And here.

Review priority issues in NYS Legislative Agenda 2023 (a brochure)

Review NYS positions:  Impact on Issues

Review US positions: Impact on Issues

NYS Climate Change

Ten Requirements for Effective Packaging Reduction

Governor Hochul signed these key bills

    • Cumulative Impacts bill (S.8830/A.2103D) :ensures that the cumulative impacts of all sources of pollution are taken into consideration in the State’s environmental permitting processes when potentially polluting facilities seek permits in disadvantaged communities. We have been aggressively advocating for this historic law since the beginning of the year. It makes New York the second state in the nation with such a law, following New Jersey’s groundbreaking legislation signed in 2020
    • Bans PFAS in Apparel, making New York and California the first two states to ban the toxic chemicals in clothing.
      PFAS are a synthetic class of chemicals that don’t break down naturally and build up in the environment and our bodies, which is why they are often called “forever chemicals.” They are present in waterways, soil, and the air, and enter our bodies when ingested, absorbed, or inhaled. These chemicals can cause or contribute to cancer, linked to testicular and kidney cancers, altered cholesterol levels, infertility, and learning challenges, among other health implications. This new law is the third in the state addressing toxic PFAS, with the ban on PFAS in fire fighting foam and food packaging signed under the previous administration – both of which were led by our JustGreen Partnership.
    •  Ban on PFAS in use in food packaging that went into effect on the last day of 2022.

Update: The Environmental Bond Act
on the November ballot PASSED

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Reducing Plastics in Everyday life