senate Bill S1538

Provides for unlisted telephone numbers without charge for victims of domestic violence for whose benefit an order of protection has been issued

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Summary

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.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1538
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง91, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1767
2009-2010: S5527
2007-2008: S1518

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BILL NUMBER:S1538

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
need.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-2012: Referred to Energy and
Telecommunications 2009-2010: Referred to Energy and
Telecommunications

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: One hundred twenty days after it shall become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1538

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  PERKINS, KENNEDY, KLEIN, SAVINO -- read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
  Energy and Telecommunications

AN  ACT  to  amend  the public service law, in relation to providing for
  unlisted telephone numbers  without  charge  for  certain  victims  of
  domestic violence

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 91 of the public service law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 8 to read as follows:
  8. EVERY LOCAL EXCHANGE TELEPHONE CORPORATION SHALL, WHERE AN ORDER OF
PROTECTION EXISTS AND AT THE CUSTOMER'S REQUEST (ACCOMPANYING A COPY  OF
THE  ORDER),  WAIVE  THE CHARGES THEREFOR AND OMIT FROM ANY DIRECTORY OF
TELEPHONE NUMBERS PUBLISHED BY IT OR AN AFFILIATED COMPANY  THE  LISTING
OF  ANY  PERSON  WHO  IS  A  VICTIM  OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, AS DEFINED IN
SECTION FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY-NINE-A OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES  LAW,  AND  FOR
WHOSE  BENEFIT  ANY ORDER OF PROTECTION, OTHER THAN A TEMPORARY ORDER OF
PROTECTION, HAS BEEN ISSUED BY A COURT OF  COMPETENT  JURISDICTION,  FOR
THE DURATION OF SUCH ORDER.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it  shall  have  become  a law. Effective immediately the public service
commission is authorized to promulgate any and all rules and regulations
and take any other measures necessary  to  implement  this  act  on  its
effective date on or before such date.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04235-01-3

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