senate Bill S1538
(D, WF) 30th Senate District
- In Committee
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- Passed Senate
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Provides for unlisted telephone directory numbers without charge, for victims of domestic violence for whose benefit an order of protection has been issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to
providing for unlisted telephone numbers without charge for certain
victims of domestic violence
PURPOSE: This bill would allow for unlisted telephone numbers without
charge for victims of domestic violence for whose benefit an order of
protection has been issued.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Subdivision 8 of the bill would amend Section
91 of the public Service Law to provide victims of domestic violence
for whose benefit an order of protection has been issued, other than a
temporary order of protection, for the duration of such order, an
unlisted telephone number from any directory of telephone numbers
published by it or any and a affiliated companies, free of charge.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill corrects an existing discrepancy regarding
orders of protection and victims of domestic violence. Our State has a
duty, under the "Parent patre mantra", to protect those citizens
seeking refuge and protection against their aggressors. Allowing
aggressors to obtain unlisted/non private telephone numbers of their
victims to harass, intimidate and sometimes coerce the victim
circumvent the purpose of an order of protection. Recent reports that
44% of the women killed between 2003 and 2005 died at the hands of
their boyfriends or spouses. That means that nearly half of all the
women murdered in the city are killed by their intimate partners.
This proposed Amendment would provide the help that victims still
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-2012: Referred to Energy and
Telecommunications 2009-2010: Referred to Energy and
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: One hundred twenty days after it shall become a law.
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