Mixed Martial Arts? Should New York State authorize it?

Below is our legislative memo opposing a bill to license "ultimate fighting" events in New York State. Do you agree...
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House Committee Scales Back Earned Income Tax Credit for Low-Income Workers

The House Taxation Committee this week approved legislation scaling back the Earned Income Tax Credit.  The Earned Income Tax Credit is a refundable federal income tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families.  The state has its own credit which piggybacks onto the federal credit.
When the credit exceeds a person’s tax liability, it results in a tax refund.  This “refundability” piece is what is eliminated by the bill approved by the House Taxation Committee.  The bill was amended, however, to allow an eligible taxpayer to carry over for five years the amount that exceeds the individual’s tax liability.
In its original form, the bill also dramatically reduced the percentage of the credit, but this provision was amended out of the bill in committee.
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Insurance-Related Life Bills Advance Out of House Committee

Two Pro-Life bills were merged into another separate bill and passed out of the House Insurance Committee this week.  HB 2292 would prevent private insurance providers from covering most abortions under basic health care plans.  HB 2293 would prevent state employees from being able to pay for abortions with their “pre-tax” health care flexible spending accounts.  Both bills are now part of SB 65, which is awaiting action by the full House of Representatives.  The Kansas Catholic Conference testified on behalf of HB 2292 and HB 2293.
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Sex Business Regulations Halted in Senate Committee

Yesterday the Kansas Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee voted against legislation that would regulate sexually oriented businesses.  The regulations would include a prohibition on building such facilities within 1000 feet of churches, schools, parks, and homes.  The Kansas Catholic Conference testified on behalf of the legislation.
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Choose Life License Plate Bill Passes the Senate, Payday Bills to be Heard Next Week, Advocacy Day is Coming Soon!

Choose Life License Plate Bill Passes the Senate, Payday Bills to be Heard Next Week, Advocacy Day is Coming Soon!


This week the Choose Life License Plate bill (SB 257)passed the Senate, and is now on to the House! This week TCC testified on HB 303 ( Fee on money transfers to Mexico or Central or South America - oppose) and Marie Seale, Director of the Office of Pro-Life Activities and Chaste Living for the Diocese of Austin, testified on HB 561 (Ban on hospital districts from using tax revenue to finance an abortion - support). Both bills were left pending in committee. Click on the bill name to view the testimony, or visit our Letters and Testimony page here.

The Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day is less than 20 days away. There are many ways to get involved. Most importantly, please PRAY for the success of the day! You can also participate by attending the day in Austin with your diocese or calling and emailing your legislators prior to our day to let them know that you support the Catholics who will be visiting them on April 6. 
Click here for more information on the Advocacy day and  how to get involved with your diocesan delegation.