Bill Text: NY A01531 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended

Bill Title: Relates to reporting a nonemergency incident involving a member of a protected class.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 4-2)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-07-08 - print number 1531a [A01531 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A01531-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                    January 15, 2019

        Introduced  by  M. of A. RICHARDSON, D'URSO, ASHBY, SAYEGH, DeSTEFANO --
          Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. SIMON -- read once and referred to  the
          Committee  on  Codes  --  committee  discharged, bill amended, ordered
          reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

        AN ACT to amend the civil rights law, in relation to reporting  a  none-
          mergency incident involving a member of a protected class

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 79-n of the civil rights  law,  as
     2  added by chapter 227 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows:
     3    2.  Any person who intentionally selects a person or property for harm
     4  or causes damage to the property of another or causes physical injury or
     5  death to another or summons a police officer or  peace  officer  without
     6  reason  to  suspect  a  violation  of  the penal law, any other criminal
     7  conduct, or an imminent threat to a person or property, in whole  or  in
     8  substantial  part  because of a belief or perception regarding the race,
     9  color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious  practice,
    10  age, disability or sexual orientation of a person, regardless of whether
    11  the  belief or perception is correct, shall be liable, in a civil action
    12  or proceeding maintained by such individual or group of individuals, for
    13  injunctive relief, damages, or any other appropriate relief  in  law  or
    14  equity.  If  it shall appear to the satisfaction of the court or justice
    15  that the respondent has, in fact, violated this section,  an  injunction
    16  may  be  issued  by such court or justice, enjoining and restraining any
    17  further violation, without requiring proof that any person has, in fact,
    18  been injured or damaged thereby. For the purposes  of  this  section,  a
    19  person  lacks  reason to suspect a violation of the penal law, any other
    20  criminal conduct, or an imminent threat to a person or property where  a
    21  reasonable person would not suspect such violation, conduct, or threat.
    22    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.