Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today claimed victory as one bill, of which he is a co-sponsor, in the omnibus Women’s Equality Act (WEA) was passed by the Assembly. McLaughlin said it is unfortunate that New York’s women were left vulnerable for three years while Assembly Democrats used passage of the entire 10-bill package, which included a controversial late term abortion provision, for political gain.
“I am happy that my Assembly Majority colleagues have finally stepped up and will move forward with the WEA as separate pieces of legislation,” McLaughlin said. “It is an embarrassment and disgrace that it has taken over two years for a measure of this magnitude to be sent to the Assembly Floor for a vote. Assembly Democrats have left women at risk for the past two years to use this issue to further their political aspirations and that has been unacceptable. I was simply astounded to see the Assembly Democrats hold a press conference today calling for the passage of a bill that they themselves have blocked from becoming law for over three years.”
McLaughlin’s comments come after the Assembly passed A.506, which enacts the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act. Assembly Republicans introduced identical legislation, A.2704, several years ago, which Assembly Democrats refused to sponsor.
EDITOR’S NOTE: To view Assemblyman McLaughlin’s comments from today use the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-76DNWPZ3Y
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
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