Albany, N.Y. - Governor Cuomo has laid out his 2019 budget proposal.
During yesterday's speech at the Empire State Plaza, he highlighted several key issues including marijuana legalization, banning single-use plastic bags, expanding the bottle bill, more money for schools and health care. The address also served as Cuomo's State of the State.
The Governor wants to write into the state constitution a law that would protect a woman's right to choose. The Reproductive Health Act would, conditionally, expand abortions into the third trimester. Viable late-term pregnancies could be terminated for largely unspecified "health" concerns. Changing the state constitution requires the state legislature to approve the amendment in addition to passage in a statewide voter referendum. The earliest such an amendment could be passed is 2021.
The governor likely won't have much resistance to his agenda since Democrats have control of the state Legislature