Sneak Peak: New York Chapter's 2015 Advocacy Agenda
The New York Chapter's Advocacy & Government Affairs Committee met in New York City on Thursday, September 25 for its annual strategic planning meeting. The Committee worked with March of Dimes volunteers and staff to identify pressing maternal and infant health issues and recommend policy solutions. The Advocacy & Government Affairs Committee then developed the advocacy agenda, paying particular attention to issues most critical to helping New York's moms have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.
The New York Chapter's 2015 Advocacy Agenda includes:
Securing $4 million in new funds for Nurse-Family Partnership.
Mandating employers make reasonable accommodations for pregnancy related conditions.
Expanding the definition of "smoking" under New York's Indoor Clean Air Act to include electronic cigarettes.
Requiring children be vaccinated against Meningococcal Meningitis.
- November 17 - 21: District Visits
- January 26: FDR Birthday Bash at the New York State Capitol
- June 2: Advocacy Day
Issue Highlight: 2014 General Election
The 2014 general election occurred on Tuesday, November 4.
Highlights from the state results include Andrew Cuomo's election to a second term as Governor of New York State and Republicans taking the majority in the New York State Senate, raising questions about the role of the Independent Democratic Conference moving forward.
At the federal level, Elise Stefanik was elected to represent New York's 21st district. At 30-years-old, Ms. Stefanik is the youngest person ever to serve in Congress.
2015 - 2016 Budget Timeline:
The Division of the Budget sends Agency Call Letter to all agency heads. Agency heads submit budget requests that comply with instructions in the Agency Call Letter to the Division of the Budget.
- Director of the Budget Robert Megna issued his annual agency call letter to all agency heads on October 1. Agency heads were directed to submit budget requests for 2015-2016 State Operations and Aid to Localities that assume zero growth from 2014-2015 cash ceilings to the Division of the Budget by October 21.
Next Step - Governor presents Executive Budget proposal to legislature.
Next Step - New York State Senate and Assembly finalize negotiations and pass budget bills.
Next Step - Governor reviews budget bills passed by the New York State Legislature - may use line item veto.
Next Step - Enacted Budget.
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Did you know...
- The March of Dimes Foundation created a "Law Research Unit" to track statutes and legislation in 1945.
- The Office of Public Affairs was established in Washington, DC in 1974 to track federal legislation impacting moms and babies.
- The Office of Public Affairs was renamed the Office of Government Affairs in 1991.