End of Session Recap: Major Wins Blocking Harmful Bills, Progress on Priorities, Some Troubling Bills Passed

The New York Assembly and Senate adjourned early this morning, dropping the gavel on the 2021 legislative session. Barring a special session, the legislature will not return to Albany until January 2022. This year's session was dominated by challenges and many new dynamics: the pandemic, multiple scandals rocking the Governor, and significant power gains by the Democrats following the 2020 elections, resulting in 2/3rds supermajorities in both houses. Big I NY has your back in Albany, and this year truly underscored the value of a strong defense, with an unprecedented number of harmful bills advancing, and in some cases passing. The passage of the NY…

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Albany Update: Agents Fight Single Payer, Lead Paint Exclusion Ban, Insurance Settlement Practices Bills

​Legislative session is scheduled to adjourn next Thursday, with only four session days remaining. However, four days is an eternity in Albany, and anything can happen. Bills can be introduced and passed in a matter of only hours. This is the most important and tense time at the Capitol, and the time when your team in Albany fights hardest for you!This week, Big I NY kicked off Single Payer Action Week, recruiting dozens of agents to participate in meetings with key Senators who are swing votes on the bill. Read the recap here.Our legislation to make the auto photo inspection optional has advanced to the Assembly…

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Single Payer Action Week: Agents Fight Against Government Takeover of Healthcare

 This week, Big I NY members met with several key state senators to push back on the New York Health Act, which would eliminate private health insurance in favor of a government-run system. The numbers for such a plan are staggering: more than 160,000 jobs eliminated, including 50,000 in the insurance industry; $253 billion in new taxes on employers and workers; business tax increases of over 2,000%.Big I NY identified half a dozen key “swing votes" in the Senate, and targeted these lawmakers for meetings during Single Payer Action Week. This week's meetings were productive, with Big I NY members urging senators to consider the…

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