This sixth annual iteration of the report assesses the New York City Council’s progress in advancing a local human rights agenda. Considering legislation introduced in the Council between July 2012 and September 2013, the 162-page report identifies proposals aligned with the international human rights framework and analyzes the progress of these bills relative to the Council’s overall docket. The report also assigns letter grades to each member of the 2013 City Council based on her or his voting and sponsorship record – breaking out grades in a number of areas of interest, such as housing rights and criminal justice.
At the close of the 2010-2013 legislative session – and the end of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s third term in office – the Human Rights Project finds the Council’s record to be mixed. While human rights-aligned bills received committee hearings at or above the same rate as other proposals – a turnaround from previous reports – a much smaller proportion of human rights bills were brought to a vote following the hearing. Among these, 17 bills were not put to a vote despite the sponsorship support of a majority of council members. The report applauds the Council on passing 39 human rights-aligned bills during this period, and recognizes the 13 current and outgoing members that received an A grade based on their support for human rights in New York City.
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