Bill Text: NY A07515 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Relates to participation in the address confidentiality program; authorizes victims of sexual offenses, human trafficking and stalking to participate.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 29-5)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-18 - substituted by s5444 [A07515 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A07515-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          7515
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                       May 8, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  M. of A. CRUZ, TITUS -- (at request of the Department of
          State) -- read once and referred  to  the  Committee  on  Governmental
          Operations
        AN  ACT  to amend the executive law, in relation to participation in the
          address confidentiality program
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1. The opening paragraph of section 108 of the executive law,
     2  as added by chapter 502 of the laws of  2011,  is  amended  to  read  as
     3  follows:
     4    There  is created in the office of the secretary of state a program to
     5  be known as the "address confidentiality program" to protect victims  of
     6  domestic  violence,  victims  of  human trafficking, victims of a sexual
     7  offense and victims of stalking by authorizing  the  use  of  designated
     8  addresses  for  such victims and their minor children. The program shall
     9  be administered by the secretary of state.
    10    § 2. Subdivision 1 of section 108 of the executive law is  amended  by
    11  adding three new paragraphs (i), (j) and (k) to read as follows:
    12    (i)  "Victim of a sexual offense" means a victim of any act constitut-
    13  ing an offense as defined  under  article  one  hundred  thirty,  and/or
    14  sections  255.25, 255.26, and 255.27 of the penal law, including threats
    15  or attempts to commit such offenses.
    16    (j) "Victim of stalking" means a victim of  any  act  constituting  an
    17  offense  as  defined under sections 120.45, 120.50, 120.55 and 120.60 of
    18  the penal law.
    19    (k) "Victim of human trafficking" means a victim of any act constitut-
    20  ing an offense as defined  under  section  135.35,  135.37,  230.34,  or
    21  230.34-a of the penal law.
    22    §  3. Clauses (A) and (B) of subparagraph (i) and subparagraph (iv) of
    23  paragraph (a) of subdivision 2 of section 108 of the executive  law,  as
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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     1  added  by  chapter  502  of  the  laws  of  2011, are amended to read as
     2  follows:
     3    (A)  the  applicant,  or  the  minor  or incapacitated person on whose
     4  behalf the application is made, is a victim of domestic violence, victim
     5  of human trafficking, victim of a sexual offense, or victim of stalking;
     6    (B) the applicant, or the  minor  or  incapacitated  person  on  whose
     7  behalf the application is made, has left his or her residence because of
     8  such violence or acts;
     9    (iv)  the  actual address or addresses that the applicant requests not
    10  be disclosed because of the increased risk of domestic violence, a sexu-
    11  al offense, stalking, or physical injury; and
    12    § 4. Subdivision 3 of section 108 of the executive law,  as  added  by
    13  chapter 502 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows:
    14    3.  Designation  of agencies to assist applicants. The secretary shall
    15  designate state, local or nonprofit agencies  that  provide  counseling,
    16  referral,  shelter  or other specialized services to victims of domestic
    17  violence, victims of human trafficking, victims of a sexual offense  and
    18  victims  of  stalking  to  assist persons applying to be program partic-
    19  ipants. Such persons providing assistance shall be trained by the secre-
    20  tary. Any assistance and counseling rendered by an officer of the secre-
    21  tary or his or her designees to applicants shall in no way be  construed
    22  as legal advice.
    23    §  5.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
    24  have become a law.
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