Bill Text: NY A04546 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended

Bill Title: Enacts "Valeria's law"; requires police officers to notify family members in person of a relative's death in certain circumstances.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 20-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-05-23 - print number 4546a [A04546 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A04546-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                    February 4, 2019

        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  COOK, TITUS, ORTIZ, JOYNER, D'URSO, DICKENS,
          Multi-Sponsored  by  --  M. of A. DenDEKKER, EPSTEIN, GRIFFIN, HEVESI,
          HYNDMAN, SIMON -- read once and referred to the Committee on Transpor-
          tation -- committee discharged, bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as
          amended and recommitted to said committee

        AN  ACT  to  amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to requiring
          police officers to notify family members in  person  of  a  relative's
          death in certain circumstances

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

     1    Section 1. This act shall be known and  may  be  cited  as  "Valeria's
     2  law".
     3    §  2.  The  vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new section
     4  603-c to read as follows:
     5    § 603-c. Accidents; police to notify in person.  Every police  officer
     6  to  whom  an accident resulting in death to a person in which the police
     7  officer does not have reasonable cause to  believe  the  deceased  would
     8  otherwise  have  been  charged  with a violation of this chapter for the
     9  conduct which resulted in his or her death, shall use reasonable efforts
    10  to identify and notify in person a member of the  deceased's  family  or
    11  household as soon as practicable after such accident if the police offi-
    12  cer  has knowledge of the person's death and has knowledge that a coron-
    13  er, or other official performing like functions has not already notified
    14  a family member. Such personal notification shall indicate without limi-
    15  tation the time of the deceased's death, the location of  the  accident,
    16  and the location of the deceased's body or remains.
    17    § 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    18  it shall have become a law.  Effective immediately, the addition, amend-
    19  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    20  tation  of  this act on its effective date are authorized to be made and
    21  completed on or before such effective date.

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