New York will pass hundreds of new laws next year, covering issues ranging from campus safety to water supply at New York City Housing Authority complexes. According to Pix11, this year they introduced to the Senate 682 bills, after which they were accepted and signed by Governor Kathy Hochul.
Forty-six bills were vetoed, including one that would have required New York to study stormwater problems in southeastern Queens. Five new laws will come into force on January 46, 1:
1. An Act to Amend the Education Law, Relating to the Reporting of Hate Crimes on College Campuses
New York colleges and universities must comply with new requirements to the reporting and investigation of hate crimes. The legislation requires colleges and universities receiving funding from New York State to:
Report incidents of hate crimes and post them on the school's website as a separate, clearly identified category;
Inform students and future students about the existence of crime statistics and security procedures on campus as part of the educational process at the educational institution;
Adopt and implement a plan that addresses the investigation of any hate crime or violent felony on campus.
2. An Act to amend the Public Health Act, in relation to the minimum age for lifeguards
New law Lowers the minimum age for lifeguards in New York to 15. According to the law, at children's camps, up to half of the lifeguards can be at least 15 years old, as long as they are supervised by an “aquatics director.” Other rescuers in such camps must be at least 17 years old.
3. NYCHA Public Utilities Accountability Amendment Act
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) must notify residents in writing of water shutoffs and that the water is unsafe for drinking and cooking.
4. Law to amend the Public Health Act in relation to menstrual care
New York City private schools would be required to provide free menstrual products in middle and high school bathrooms, according to a bill.
The bill is part of a package of health equity and opportunity bills approved by the state Legislature that, among other things, would recognize March 8th as International Women's Day and require estheticians to be trained and tested for all hair types and textures.
5. Minimum wage law
The state minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2024, to $16,00 per hour in New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties, and to $15,00 per hour in the rest of the state. In addition to this increase, recent amendments to the Labor Law provide for further increases of $0,50 per year on January 1, 2025 and January 1, 2026.