senate Bill S2000A

Requires video cameras to be placed on the entrance/exits of all facilities run by the office for people with developmental disabilities

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • 04 / Feb / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 08 / Mar / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 08 / Mar / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 2000A
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • 29 / Apr / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Requires video cameras to be placed on the entrances/exits of all facilities run by the office for people with developmental disabilities.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1715A
Versions:
S2000
S2000A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง13.25, Ment Hyg L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S4817, A7128

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2000A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to
requiring video cameras in facilities operated by the office for
people with developmental disabilities

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To allow the Office for people with
Developmental Disabilities to place video cameras on the entrance and
exit of all facilities.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 - Amends the mental hygiene law to provide that, the Office
for People with Developmental Disabilities, including group homes,
residential homes, inpatient facilities, and all other facilities to
install video cameras at all entrances and exits; to ensure safety the
commissioner, in consultation with the State police, shall develop a
system for maintaining such recorded images.

Section 2 - This act shall take effect on the 180th day after it shall
have become law.

JUSTIFICATION: This act shall informally be known as "Paula's Law" for
Paula Liblick a 61 year old OPWDD resident in a group home in the
Hudson Valley. Ms. Liblick was assaulted and raped by a intruder to
the home but since no mechanism existed to catalogue visitors to the
home, no suspects were identified except for the two longterm staff at
the home. Also, recently the New York Times ran a series of stories
entitled "At State Run Homes, Abuse and Impunity" which highlighted
many of the problems in the state run homes, facilities and programs.

We have cameras recording information on visitors to many public
buildings and institutions in an effort to protect the residents and
property at these sites. So, certainly, the residents and participants
of the state run OPWDD programs, who are society's most vulnerable,
deserve to be protected in the same manner

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.4817 - Referred to Mental Health
and Developmental Disabilities

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

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

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

                                 2000--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop-
  mental Disabilities -- reported  favorably  from  said  committee  and
  committed  to  the  Committee on Finance -- committee discharged, bill
  amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  commit-
  tee

AN  ACT  to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to requiring video
  cameras in facilities operated by the office for people with  develop-
  mental disabilities

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

  Section 1. Section 13.25 of the  mental  hygiene  law  is  amended  by
adding a new subdivision (c) to read as follows:
  (C) FACILITIES OPERATED BY THE OFFICE, INCLUDING GROUP HOMES, RESIDEN-
TIAL  HOMES,  INPATIENT  FACILITIES  AND ALL OTHER FACILITIES UNDER THIS
TITLE SHALL INSTALL VIDEO  CAMERAS  AT  ALL  ENTRANCES  AND  EXITS.  THE
COMMISSIONER,  IN  CONSULTATION  WITH  THE STATE POLICE, SHALL DEVELOP A
SYSTEM FOR MAINTAINING SUCH RECORDED IMAGES.
  S 2.  This act shall take effect on  the  one  hundred  eightieth  day
after it shall have become a law.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02682-02-3

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