June 17, 2013State Senate Co-President Jeff KleinState Senator David CarlucciState Senator Diane SavinoState Senator David ValeskyLegislative Office BuildingAlbany, NY 12247Dear Members of the Independent Democratic Conference: At the formation of your coalition government in the New York State Senate, wetrusted in your public promises to "move a progressive agenda that otherwise mightbe stalled in Albany."
Time is running out. With only a few days left in this year's legislative session, weare waiting for you to make good on those promises.We write to ask for a vote on the following critically important pieces of legislation: 1)
Comprehensive campaign finance reform with public funding at itscore
, to address corruption and the undue influence of wealthy donors in ourpolitical process. 2)
The Women's Equality Agenda
, to break down barriers that perpetuatediscrimination and inequality based on gender.3)
The New York DREAM Act
, to provide critical financial support enablingundocumented students access to higher education opportunities. 4)
Marijuana decriminalization legislation
, to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, and put an end to racially biased "stop and frisk"practices and illegal marijuana arrests.
IDC Leader, Senator Jeffrey Klein:http://statepolitics.lohudblogs.com/2012/12/04/klein-pledges-progressive-agenda-says-idc-welcomes-to-new-members/