The following email was sent to our New York supporters on Friday, June 17:
Today marks the end of New York’s 2016 legislative session.
As you know, this year we brought lawmakers to the table to negotiate the Medical Aid in Dying Act. Thanks to more than 1300 supporters like you who contacted your legislators, the New York Assembly Health Committee passed the Medical Aid in Dying Act, our biggest victory in the state yet.
This afternoon, we expect lawmakers to head back home to their districts. Many important bills, including the Medical Aid in Dying Act, will not see a vote by the legislature this year.
This is far from the end of our fight; we’re just hitting our stride. I will host a call on June 29 to fill you in on our plans for the summer and our strategy to come back even stronger next session. I’ll be joined by Senator Diane Savino and Assemblymember Amy Paullin, the sponsors of the Medical Aid in Dying Act, who will give an update on their legislative efforts and strategy for next session.
WHAT: Compassion & Choices New York Statewide Campaign Telephone Town Hall
WHEN: Wednesday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Call-in number: 310-372-7549, access code 401746
Even though we’ve come further than ever before, we still have so much work ahead of us before we can count on support from the majority of lawmakers. That’s why we’re pushing ahead with an aggressive strategy for the summer.
On the call, I’ll talk about our top priorities for the summer, including strengthening our action teams, speaking to legislative candidates about supporting aid-in-dying legislation, visiting lawmakers at their district offices, and recruiting your family’s doctors to join our efforts.
Looking forward to talking to you soon,
NY Campaign Director