In 2024, New York raises the minimum wage: $16/hr in NYC, Long Island, Westchester, and $15/hr elsewhere, aiming for future increases tied to inflation.
A groundbreaking law mandates Medicaid coverage for doula services in response to rising infant and maternal mortality rates, particularly affecting low-income and minority communities.
Discrimination against LGBTQ residents in nursing homes is prohibited, establishing a "bill of rights" for them, addressing admission denial, eviction, room sharing, and use of preferred names or pronouns.
Private middle and high schools must provide free menstrual products, tackling the stigma around menstruation and promoting equal access for all students.
In a bid to boost civic engagement, schools will distribute voter registration forms to eligible students, including preregistration for 16- and 17-year-olds, encouraging long-term participation in the political process.
Inmates with prior felonies are to be informed verbally and in writing about their restored voting rights upon release, with assistance provided for voter registration.
Governor Kathy Hochul signs approximately 900 bills in 2023, ushering in extensive legislation covering wages, healthcare, education, and more.
New laws also address discrimination against LGBTQ couples in nursing homes, aiming to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for older LGBTQ adults.