New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Update: 2019 End of Session Summary

June 25, 2019

At the close of last week's session, the legislature went home, having acted on more than 900 two-house bills. This session, the newly unified Senate and Assembly acted on a wide variety of issues, from election reform to decriminalization of marijuana. Luckily, efforts to impose massive expansions of the state's MWBE program and the prevailing wage faltered, and school districts avoided those new mandates and the associated costs, for another year.  A summary of some of the key bills NYSSBA advocated on this session can be found at the link below.

2019 End of Session Summary

August Congressional Visits

Work is underway to begin scheduling NYSSBA's annual congressional visits. Meeting information and attendance will be coordinated through the Advocacy Liaison network. If your district has not yet appointed a liaison or you would be interested in participating, please contact Belinda Heckler at 518-783-0200 or

NYSSBA Resolutions Deadline

The deadline to submit proposed resolutions and bylaw amendments is fast approaching. Districts wishing to submit a resolution or bylaw amendment can use the 2019 Resolution Kit, linked below, as a guide and resource.

All proposed resolutions and bylaw amendments must be received at NYSSBA headquarters no later than the close of business on Friday, July 19, 2019. Information on other key dates, as well as the results of the 2019 Resolutions Survey, is included in the kit. Please consider reviewing this information with your colleagues at your next board meeting and consider submitting resolutions of importance to your board.

If you have any questions about the resolutions process or the survey, you should also feel free to reach out to NYSSBA staff at any time. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Danielle Grasso at or 518-783-3734.

NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team will continue to report on these and other issues. For more information, visit our Key Issues Page,

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