senate Bill S7062A

Relates to providing counsel for the local social services districts the authority to subpoena records

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 23 / Apr / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
  • 13 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.671
  • 14 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 19 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 7062A
  • 17 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 17 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 17 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Summary

Provides the counsel for a local social services district, or his or her designee, the authority to subpoena records for use in any investigation of any report received from the state central register or proceeding relating to severe abuse, abuse or neglect.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S7062
S7062A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Children And Families
Law Section:
Family Court Act
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง1038, Fam Ct Act

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7062A REVISED MEMO 06/17/2014

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the family court act, in relation to
allowing the counsel for a local department of social services the
authority to subpoena records for use in any investigation or proceeding
relating to severe abuse, abuse or neglect

PURPOSE:

To give the counsel for a department of social services the authority to
subpoena records for use in any investigation of any report received
from the State Central Register or proceeding relating to severe abuse,
abuse or neglect.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends Section 1038 of the Family Court Act to
make three changes regarding obtaining subpoenas in child abuse and
neglect proceedings:

It adds the counsel for a department of social services to the list of
officials able to subpoena records, photographs or other evidence relat-
ing to abuse or neglect from hospitals and any other public or private
agencies;

It also expands the use of subpoenaed records from use in proceedings to
also include use in investigations of a report received from the State
Central Register;

and it also allows service of any such subpoena upon a hospital to be
made by personal service to the hospital director.

Section 2: Effective Date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Child protection agencies do not have an established right to records,
photographs or other evidence relating to abuse or neglect. It is there-
fore often difficult for child protection workers to conduct a meaning-
ful investigation when the subject of the investigation refuses access
to the records, photographs or other evidence. This legislation would
establish a mechanism by which child protective agencies can get access
to these records, photographs or other evidence during the initial stag-
es of an investigation through a subpoena issued by the counsel for the
department of social services. This new subpoena power will allow for a
more complete and rapid investigation and therefore has the potential to
better protect children, will save children from further acts of abuse
and neglect and ultimately may save the lives of children who have expe-
rienced abuse or neglect. This is one in a series of measures being
introduced to improve the provision of child protective services to New
York's children and families.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Undetermined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 7062--A
    Cal. No. 671

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 23, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  FELDER, GOLDEN, KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Children
  and Families -- reported favorably from  said  committee,  ordered  to
  first  and  second  report,  ordered  to  a third reading, amended and
  ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading

AN ACT to amend the family court act, in relation to allowing the  coun-
  sel for a local department of social services the authority to subpoe-
  na  records  for  use  in  any investigation or proceeding relating to
  severe abuse, abuse or neglect

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

  Section 1. Subdivision (a) of section 1038 of the family court act, as
separately  amended  by  chapters  272  and  724 of the laws of 1989, is
amended to read as follows:
  (a) Each hospital and any other public or private agency having custo-
dy of any records, photographs or other evidence relating to  A  PENDING
INVESTIGATION BY A LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT UPON A REPORT RECEIVED
FROM THE STATE CENTRAL REGISTER OR A PENDING PETITION UNDER THIS ARTICLE
ALLEGING SEVERE ABUSE, abuse or neglect, upon the subpoena of the court,
the  corporation counsel, county attorney, COUNSEL FOR THE LOCAL DEPART-
MENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, district attorney, counsel for  the  child,  or
one  of  the  parties  to the proceeding, shall be required to send such
records, photographs or evidence to the court for use  in  any  INVESTI-
GATION  OF A REPORT RECEIVED FROM THE STATE CENTRAL REGISTER OR proceed-
ing relating to abuse or neglect under this article. Notwithstanding any
other provision of law to the contrary, service of any such subpoena  on
a  hospital  may be made by certified mail, return receipt requested, OR
BY PERSONAL SERVICE, to the director of the hospital.   The court  shall
establish procedures for the receipt and safeguarding of such records.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14823-04-4

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