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

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) 2019-02-04 - referred to transportation [A04546 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A04546-Introduced.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, HYNDMAN, SIMON -- read  once
          and referred to the Committee on Transportation
        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. 1. In each motor vehi-
     6  cle accident or any other event or  incident  in  which  any  person  is
     7  killed,  who was not in violation of any law, rules, regulations, proce-
     8  dures or summons, the police officer, agency or individual who,  in  the
     9  regular  course  of  duty, investigates such accident, event or incident
    10  shall use reasonable efforts to identify and notify in person, a  member
    11  of the person's family or household of the fatality as soon as practica-
    12  ble after such accident, event or incident.
    13    2.  Such  notification  shall indicate that the person was killed, the
    14  location of the accident, event or incident  and  the  location  of  the
    15  person's body or remains.
    16    §  3.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
    17  have become a law.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.