There’s only one week left of the legislative session this year, so it is crunch time. All eight members of the IDC, the rogue group of Democrats that often caucuses with the Republicans, are co-sponsoring the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA; S 6617). Now is the time to put the pressure on them to bring the CCPA to a vote in the Senate. The bill has a shot of passing if it’s brought to a vote, so reach out to these Reps and make it happen!
If you are a constituent of Jesse Hamilton or Diane Savino, then please sign on to the following Google Forms corresponding with your Senator, and share them widely.
Sen Savino: https://goo.gl/forms/
Sen Hamilton: https://goo.gl/forms/
We are looking for a constituent of each of these senators who’s able to bring the collected signatures to their offices next week. Please contact: Legislation@350Brooklyn.org if you can volunteer for this action.
If you’re a constituent of either Sen. Hamilton or Sen. Savino you can also call their office using the following script:
Hi I’m a constituent, and I’d like to speak with your legislative director regarding bill S 6617.
[Wait for legislative director, or chief of staff. If unavailable, ask for the director’s name, and when you can call back]
Hi, I saw that Senator ________ co-sponsored S 6617, the Climate and Community Protection Act.
I’m calling to say that Senator ____ must now bring the bill up for an actual vote. With President Trump’s disastrous decision to pull the United States out of the historic Paris Climate Agreement, passing strong climate legislation in New York has never been more urgent. The only way to do that is to bring the bill up for a vote. Can I count on Senator to make sure the Climate and Community Protection Act is brought to a vote by the end of session?
[If they say YES]
Great! Which colleagues specifically will the Senator be talking to to make sure this bill gets a vote? ….Ok, thanks, I will be monitoring the bill and look forward to it getting voted on.
[If they say NO, or MAYBE]
My impression was that the entire rationale for the existence of the IDC was that you can engage the Republicans to get progressive policies actually passed. If the Senator can’t guarantee that this critical bill gets a vote, are you saying that that’s not true?