Friday, April 20, 2007

A look at what's up in the NY State legislature

The Dignity for All Students Act easily passed (again) in the Assembly earlier this week (::crickets::crickets::). Unfortunately, no one really noticed. Maybe it's because this is the sixth year in a row that it has passed in the Assembly...and it's going to take a lot of work to move it in the State Senate.

The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) is scheduled to be voted on in the Assembly's Government Operations Committee next Tuesday, April 24. GENDA is expected to pass in the committee, which would bring the bill to Speaker Silver, who can put it to a floor vote (a first for GENDA). The Pride Agenda's legislative scorecard shows more than a majority (84 to be exact) of Assemblymembers support the bill.

No news at the moment on the introduction of the marriage bill, but we think it's coming soon. As always, marriage is what's getting much of the buzz lately, so next week we'll be posting a timeline of how marriage has moved from 35 supporters in the Assembly last fall to 60 current supporters.

We'll leave the rest of this post to your comments--so until Monday, we leave you with a weekend open thread.

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