senate Bill S1685

Relates to authorizing registration records of victims of sexual violence to be kept confidential in certain cases

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    • Passed Assembly
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 22 / Apr / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.365
  • 23 / Apr / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 24 / Apr / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 29 / Apr / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 29 / Apr / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 29 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ELECTION LAW
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1375
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ELECTION LAW

Summary

Relates to authorizing registration records of victims of sexual violence to be kept confidential in certain cases.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8902
Versions:
S1685
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง5-508, El L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S4073B, S4073G, A2901E
2009-2010: S7242B, S7424, S7424B, A11014A

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BILL NUMBER:S1685

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to
authorizing registration records of victims of sexual violence to be
kept confidential in certain cases

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill allows victims of sexual
violence protection against their attacker by enabling them to have
their voter records sealed. The victim is able to do this by
petitioning the supreme court for the county where the victim is
registered, who may then issue an order requiring confidentiality of
the records.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section One amends section 5-508 of the
election law, adding paragraph (c) to define "victim of sexual
violence" as any person who is a victim of any offense under article
one hundred thirty of the penal law.

Section Two amends subdivision 3 of section 5-508 of the election law
to allow victims of domestic violence to apply to the supreme court in
the county where the victim is registered to vote. The court may then
issue an order that the victim's registration file be kept separate
and not be available for inspection or copying, except by an election
official when pertinent and necessary in connection with their
official duties. This section also adds a new subdivision 3 to allow
the same protection to victims of sexual violence.

Section Three is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Under current law, victims of domestic violence may
petition the supreme court to have their voter records sealed. Upon
receipt of this application, the court may issue an order that the
victim's information will be kept separate from the records which are
available for public inspection.

This bill extends that protection to victims of sexual violence to
whom anonymity is not currently provided. It is equally important for
victims of these heinous crimes to be protected from their attackers,
and this legislation closes the gap in the current law to allow sexual
violence victims the same protection as victims of domestic violence
so that they too can feel secure in registering to vote.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012 -- Passed Senate

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None noted.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred
twentieth day after it shall have become a law.

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

                                  1685

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. ZELDIN, MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections

AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to  authorizing  registra-
  tion  records of victims of sexual violence to be kept confidential in
  certain cases

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

  Section  1.    Subdivision  1  of section 5-508 of the election law is
amended by adding a new paragraph (c) to read as follows:
  (C) "VICTIM OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE" MEANS ANY PERSON WHO IS  A  VICTIM  OF
ANY OFFENSE UNDER ARTICLE ONE HUNDRED THIRTY OF THE PENAL LAW.
  S  2.  Section  5-508  of  the election law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 3 to read as follows:
  3. UPON APPLICATION MADE TO THE SUPREME COURT, IN THE COUNTY WHEREIN A
VICTIM OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE IS REGISTERED PURSUANT TO  THIS  ARTICLE,  THE
COURT  MAY ISSUE AN ORDER REQUIRING THAT ANY REGISTRATION RECORD KEPT OR
MAINTAINED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS ARTICLE WITH RESPECT TO SUCH AN INDI-
VIDUAL BE KEPT SEPARATE AND APART FROM OTHER  REGISTRATION  RECORDS  AND
NOT  BE  MADE  AVAILABLE  FOR INSPECTION OR COPYING BY THE PUBLIC OR ANY
OTHER PERSON, EXCEPT ELECTION OFFICIALS ACTING  WITHIN  THE  COURSE  AND
SCOPE  OF  THEIR  OFFICIAL DUTIES AND ONLY AS PERTINENT AND NECESSARY IN
CONNECTION THEREWITH.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition,  amend-
ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
tation  of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made on or
before such date.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01059-01-3

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