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Selected Sponsorships

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 26, 2013 A 5424 Establishes a Two-Year Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing House Co-sponsor
Jan. 16, 2013 A 2597A Establishes the New York DREAM Fund Commission House Co-sponsor
Jan. 9, 2013 A 1792 Establishes a "Farm Worker Bill of Rights" House Co-sponsor
Jan. 9, 2013 A 38 Increases Minimum Wage House Sponsor
Jan. 4, 2012 A 5039 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity or Expression House Co-sponsor
June 14, 2011 A 8354 Marriage Equality Enactment House Sponsor
Jan. 5, 2011 A 1157B Requires Firearms to Have Microstamping Technology House Co-sponsor
March 9, 2010 A10163 Establishing the Wage Theft Prevention Act House Sponsor
Dec. 1, 2009 A 40003 Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Senate Co-sponsor
June 14, 2009 A 8903-A Extending City Board Jurisdiction Over New York City Schools House Sponsor
April 22, 2009 A 7732 Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage House Sponsor
Feb. 19, 2009 A 5710 Prohibiting Gender Identity Discrimination House Co-sponsor
Jan. 14, 2009 A 2005 Expanding Rent Control Coverage House Co-sponsor
Jan. 12, 2009 A 1867 Amending Labor Laws for Farm Workers House Sponsor
Jan. 9, 2009 A 1688 Expanding Local Control Over Rent Laws House Co-sponsor
Jan. 7, 2009 A 860 Increasing Income and Rent Threshold to Qualify for Rent Deregulation House Co-sponsor
Jan. 6, 2009 A 1686 Reducing the Cap on Vacated Apartment Rent Increases House Co-sponsor
Jan. 16, 2008 A 9695 Foreclosure Relief House Co-sponsor
June 6, 2007 A 8972 Foreclosure and Lending House Co-sponsor
May 21, 2007 A 8590 Same-Sex Marriage House Co-sponsor
May 3, 2005 A 8098 Drug Law Reform and Drug Treatment House Co-sponsor
Jan. 25, 2005 A 2302 Childproof Firearms Sales House Co-sponsor

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