Daily interaction with the Executive and Legislative branches of government is conducted through the Association’s Department of Governmental Relations. The Department works on behalf of the Association to coordinate legislative activity regarding issues of interest to the legal profession. Additionally, the Department is responsible for the editing and distribution of legislation reports, bill tracking, and the promotion of the Association’s affirmative legislative program.
NYSBA State Legislative Priorities
NYSBA Federal Legislative Priorities
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NYSBA periodically creates and publishes policy documents available to the public on a broad range of issues.
You can browse memoranda submitted by NYSBA, its Sections or Committees, along with the bill text of the legislation via the following link.
Additionally, the Association presents a series of affirmative legislative proposals to the State Legislature annually. Affirmative legislation is generally developed at the Section or Committee level and must receive the approval of the Association’s Executive Committee or the House of Delegates prior to introduction in the Legislature. The development of New York State Bar Association policy on major issues follows a similar pattern, although Sections and Committees may independently express their support for, or opposition to, legislation pending in the New York State Legislature and Congress.
The State Legislature returned for a week in July under new rules permitting debate and voting on legislation via video teleconference. The Governmental Relations Department would like members to be aware of certain legislation that passed both chambers and awaits the signature or veto of the Governor.
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NYSBA offers several ways for its members to become active in the legislative process, whether by recommending a policy issue to be adopted as a NYSBA state or federal legislative priority or through a memoranda or comment on the impact of specific legislation by a Section or Committee. The Government Relations Department regularly notifies Sections and Committees of bills before the New York State Legislature and Congress relevant to their area of interest.
Sections or Committees that wish to submit memoranda to the Legislature must provide the Department of Governmental Relations with the text of the memoranda. The Department will format the memoranda with the appropriate disclosures and comply with applicable lobby law regulations for submission to the Legislature.