Bill Text: NY A02566 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Expands eligibility for those who receive awards under crime victims' compensation to include a domestic partner; defines domestic partner; further provides for out-of-pocket loss to include the cost of counseling for surviving family members of homicide victims.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 15-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-05-14 - RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY [A02566 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A02566-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 23, 2019
        Introduced   by  M.  of  A.  GLICK,  JAFFEE,  PERRY,  GOTTFRIED,  AUBRY,
          M. G. MILLER, SEAWRIGHT, COLTON, OTIS -- Multi-Sponsored by --  M.  of
          A.  O'DONNELL  --  read  once and referred to the Committee on Govern-
          mental Operations
        AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to eligibility of  domes-
          tic partners for compensation from the crime victims' board
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 624 of the execu-
     2  tive law, as amended by chapter 104 of the laws of 2015, is  amended  to
     3  read as follows:
     4    (b)  a  surviving spouse, domestic partner, grandparent, parent, step-
     5  parent, guardian, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, child, step-
     6  child or grandchild of a victim of a crime who died as a  direct  result
     7  of such crime;
     8    §  2.  Section  624  of  the  executive law is amended by adding a new
     9  subdivision 1-a to read as follows:
    10    1-a. For the purposes of this  section,  "domestic  partner"  means  a
    11  person who, with respect to another person:
    12    (a) is formally a party in a domestic partnership or similar relation-
    13  ship  with  the  other  person, entered into pursuant to the laws of the
    14  United States or of any state, local or foreign jurisdiction, or  regis-
    15  tered  as  the  domestic  partner  of the other person with any registry
    16  maintained by the employer of either party or any  state,  municipality,
    17  or foreign jurisdiction; or
    18    (b)  is  formally  recognized as a beneficiary or covered person under
    19  the other person's employment benefits or health insurance; or
    20    (c) is dependent or mutually interdependent on the  other  person  for
    21  support,  as evidenced by the totality of the circumstances indicating a
    22  mutual intent to be a domestic partner including  but  not  limited  to:
    23  common  ownership  or joint leasing of real or personal property; common
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  householding, shared income or  shared  expenses;  children  in  common;
     2  signs  of  intent  to marry or become a domestic partner under paragraph
     3  (a) or (b) of this subdivision; or the length of the personal  relation-
     4  ship of the persons.
     5    §  3.  Section  626  of  the  executive law is amended by adding a new
     6  subdivision 4 to read as follows:
     7    4. Out-of-pocket loss shall also include the cost  of  counseling  for
     8  surviving  family members of homicide victims who are otherwise eligible
     9  pursuant to paragraph (b) of subdivision  one  of  section  six  hundred
    10  twenty-four of this article.
    11    § 4. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    12  it shall have become a law.