When New York’s legislature closed this week, several fashion-related bills stalled despite their best efforts.
For the past few years, Albany’s calendar has stretched out to June, but this year’s expected June primary is said to draw the attention of lawmakers elsewhere.
At the end of May, Gov. Kathy Ho-Chol signed into law the Adult Survivor Act, taking the position of Adult Survivor of Sexual Abuse. Model Alliance activist and executive director Sarah Ziff expressed her sympathy and gratitude for the passage.
“Many survivors of the fashion industry are time-limited to seeking justice,” she said. “By passing the Adult Survivors Act, the Senate will affirm that all survivors deserve to be on the road to justice, regardless of age or when abuse occurred. and urge Congress to comply with it before the end of its session.”
Senator Brad Hoylman introduced the ASA with Congressman Reyes in March with the Model Alliance-backed Fashion Workers Act (S8638). Despite passing a major milestone in May by passing the Senate Labor Committee, the Fashion Workers Act, designed to protect models and other fashion creators over things like fair and transparent compensation, has gone further. I didn’t see the
Another bill from Hoylman and Congressman Patricia Fahy to ban PFAS in common clothing (S6291/A07063) was passed by both the Senate and the House. Hochul has yet to sign the law and is prioritizing a package on gun reform. Dubbed the “forever chemical,” her PFAS is a known carcinogen present in many common clothing items. This bill will ensure that PFAS are eliminated from clothing sold in New York.
One of the bills that initially gained a lot of support, although pending on the Consumer Protection Commission, was New York state policymaker Sen. Alessandra Biaggi and Congressman Dr. Anna Keres in October. Touting the bill in early season pressers on requirements for environmental and social due diligence and Sen. It may impair your cry.
At Sourcing Journal’s sustainability event earlier this week, Nicole Bivens Collinson, president of international trade and government relations at Travis & Rosenberg, Sandler, Pennsylvania, spoke more about the legislative initiatives impacting fashion. I spoke broadly. “I don’t think anything will work, but when you’re trying to fund the government at the end of the year, something can slip through.”
Policy efforts are being driven by young consumers’ passion for sustainability, and fashion could go ‘blind’ if it doesn’t adapt to what’s happening at the state and federal level. Early on, a federal bill called the “Fabric Act” was introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (reflecting the Wage Theft Act passed in California), reflecting efforts seen at the state level.
Bills that have not yet passed enter another circuit as the New York Legislature allocates two years from the time of their introduction.