Our Legislative goals are membership education, maintaining a direct relationship with the legislature, preparing annual testimony for the budget hearings, obtaining legislation that supports our members’ rights, working conditions and wages.
Each year the NYSCOPBA legislative department drafts new legislation seeks Senate/ Assembly sponsorship and then aggressively lobbies for the passage of our legislation. Of the approximately 14,000 bills introduced each year, only 2,000 are acted upon and of those only 800 are signed into law on average. Together, with our professional lobbyists, we have consistently shown results (Legislative History) through the many bills that have been signed into law each year since we’ve become an independent Union. Our relationship with the Legislators has been built on respect, honesty and professionalism. We keep your legislators informed year round on law enforcement and corrections issues and ask you to help us during scheduled lobby days.
NYSCOPBA has made a dramatic impact on the legislative process and achieved our incredible results through membership involvement, membership education and proper use of our financial resources. We have a state of the art database, conducted statewide seminars , lobby days, make selective endorsements, voter registration drives and participated in many campaigns across the state to name a few. We encourage all members to contact their legislators on a regular basis by calling, visiting, or writing.
At each Executive Assembly (bi-monthly), your Chief Sector Steward receives an update on the status of our legislation. Each member can follow our legislation daily by clicking Legislative Tracking Sheet . This update gives the bill number, a description, the legislative sponsor, and the current status of the legislation.