The county legislative reporter will be on the ground in New York City next week to cover the next step in state and federal legislation designed to protect the rights of LGBT New Yorkers.
The New York Times recently published an article detailing the many steps in the legislative process, and the state and city governments are pushing to make the bill even stronger than it already is.
On Tuesday, the Times reported that state legislators had passed an anti-transgender bill that would have required public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law.
Andrew Cuomo is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, February 8, 2020, after signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, which makes it legal for businesses to discriminate against customers because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)New York State Senate President Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan) told the Times that the bill would not be enough to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender New Yorkers from discrimination in public spaces.
He said he is “very pleased” with the final bill.
The bill was passed in the Assembly by a vote of 10-2, with two abstentions.
It passed the Assembly in a unanimous vote of 67-31.
The Times reported last week that the state legislature will begin debating the bill next week, which is the last chance for a legislative hearing before it takes effect on January 1, 2021.
Legislators will discuss how to make it more palatable for transgender and gender non-conforming people in public accommodations, and how to provide the legal protections needed to make those accommodations legal.
The proposed law would allow schools to change bathrooms and locker rooms to match the gender with which the student identifies, but the law requires all businesses to allow people to use restrooms and locker spaces consistent with their gender identity.
New York’s proposed bill does not address the transgender rights that have been legal in many other states, including California and Maryland, but it does give transgender people equal access to public accommodations.
A separate bill passed the state Senate in March that requires all public schools in the state to allow students to change gender markers on their identification cards and to be able to change their birth certificates.
The legislation passed in New Jersey, where Gov.
Chris Christie (R) signed the legislation into law in July.