In our last blog we spoke to the necessity of having an independent transgender voice that is separate from the LGB. Gender has to come to the fore and sexual orientation ignored when advocating for transgender equality under the law.
But even if we accomplish that, we need to understand the legislative preferences of the NY Legislature. We believe this past year amply demonstrates them.
What did not make it into law?
GENDA. A woman’s right of choice. Consumer protection against unexpected billing. Campaign finance reform. There were others, but these are the most glaring examples.
What they have in common
Not getting to a vote in the Senate
Not having corporate sponsors
Having massive public support
Risky to the status quo
What got into law
Casino gambling. Tax free zones for new corporations. Workman’s compensation reform for public employees. Minimum wage increases coupled with tax breaks for corporations.
What these have in common
Money for the legislators
Guaranteed campaign funds flow
Lots of lobbying events
A cost to all but the rich
So what we might say about the legislature
Money for legislators is important
Public opinion/wishes are not important
Corporate sponsors are key
Risk to individual legislators is to be avoided
If in doubt, keep the status quo
Must never offend your voting base that can primary you if you do
The legislature is not a democracy of the whole but rather a democracy of legislative districts. If an issue doesn’t fly in the district, it will not be supported.
Do you think you should add one sentence saying something like
So those in control of what goes to the floor have super power to thwart democracy or some such thing
- this may be true in all legislative bodies, but is it worse in NY??? My ignorance showing