senate Bill S737

Amended

Relates to verification of a name change

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 20 / May / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 24 / May / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 24 / May / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 737A
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.987
  • 05 / Jun / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 10 / Jun / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO JUDICIARY

Summary

Relates to verification of a name change.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2716
Versions:
S737
S737A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Judiciary
Law Section:
Civil Rights Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง61-a, amd ยงยง61 & 62, Civ Rts L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S528A, A954A
2009-2010: S7667A, A11349A

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S737

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the civil rights law, in relation to verification of a name
change

PURPOSE:
To assure that individuals are not able to legally change
their names in order to evade legal process or obligation as well as
to assure that convicted violent felons and sex offenders disclose
their convictions on the name change petitions and that such persons
alert the prosecuting agency and sentencing court of their intent to
change their names.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one provides that prior to the
granting of any petition for name change, the court which the
petition is before shall take all reasonable steps necessary to
verify the information provided by the petitioner. Additionally, it
provides that the Office of Court Administration (OCA) shall
promulgate rules and regulations to give effect to the verification
requirement. Finally, OCA is authorized to create a fee schedule to
recover the cost of verification.

Section two amends Section 61 of the Civil Rights Law to assure that
even after the period of incarceration, parole or probation ends for
a violent felon or sex offender, such individual would be required to
disclose their conviction for purpose of a name change petition.

Section three amends Section 62 of the Civil Rights Law to assure that
even after the period of incarceration, parole or probation ends for
a violent felon or sex offender, such individual would be required to
provide notice of their intent to change their name to the district
attorney's office that prosecuted them as well as to the court which
sentenced them.

JUSTIFICATION:
The amount of change of name petitions in many courts
around the state is voluminous.
And in many courts, a change of name petition is viewed as a
perfunctory matter, most times granted without any effort to verify
the information provided by the petitioner. There are however myriad
circumstances under which a change of name petition is used as a
vehicle to escape legal process or obligation. The change of name,
while ultimately traceable through a paper trail, creates an
additional step for law enforcement in discovering an -individual's
original identity and legal obligation. This additional step often
times allow such individual to escape detection in ordinary
verification circumstances such as traffic stops.

Recognizing both the need to verify the identity of an individual
seeking a name change and the volume and general character of such
petitions, this bill direct the courts to take all reasonable steps
in verification and authorizes OCA to promulgate such rules and
regulations as are necessary to achieve the twin objectives of


preventing name change in undue circumstances and utilizing the
resources of the courts in an economical manner.

Additionally, this bill amends Sections 61 and 62 of the Civil Rights
Law to require that convicted violent felons and sex offenders
disclose their convictions on a name change petition and that they
provide notice to the DA's office that prosecuted them and to the
court that sentenced them of their intent to change their name. It
would further require that such individuals publish notice of their
name change, if granted, in not only the county of petition, but the
county of conviction. Under current law, these requirements only
exist when the violent felon or sex offender is incarcerated, on
parole or on probation. By extending the notice requirements to any
violent felon or sex offender, this bill recognizes the seriousness
of such a conviction, and assures that a change of name petition
includes all relevant information in order that due consideration
may be given by the petitioned court. Further, by extending the
publication requirement, it assures that communities are given due
notice of such a name change, if granted.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12: Passed Senate (S.528/A.954A)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to the state. The cost of any verification
will be borne by the petitioner through a fee schedule created by OCA.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
180 days after it shall become law.

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

                                   737

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  FUSCHILLO,  DeFRANCISCO,  LARKIN, LAVALLE -- read
  twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to  the
  Committee on Codes

AN  ACT  to amend the civil rights law, in relation to verification of a
  name change

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

  Section  1.  The  civil  rights law is amended by adding a new section
61-a to read as follows:
  S 61-A. VERIFICATION. 1. PRIOR TO THE ISSUANCE OF ANY ORDER GRANTING A
CHANGE OF NAME, THE COURT IN WHICH THE PETITION  HAS  BEEN  FILED  SHALL
TAKE  ALL  REASONABLE  STEPS  TO  VERIFY THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE
PETITIONER PURSUANT TO SECTION SIXTY-ONE OF THIS ARTICLE.
  2. THE OFFICE OF COURT ADMINISTRATION  SHALL  PROMULGATE  SUCH  RULES,
REGULATIONS AND FEE SCHEDULE AS ARE NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT THIS SECTION.
IN  PROMULGATING  SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS, THE OFFICE SHALL TAKE INTO
ACCOUNT THE LEGISLATURE'S INTENT THAT THE  PROCESS  OF  VERIFICATION  AS
DESCRIBED  IN  SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE MEANT TO PREVENT
THE PETITIONER FROM USING NAME CHANGE TO EVADE LEGAL  PROCESS  OR  OBLI-
GATION.
  S  2.  Subdivision 2 of section 61 of the civil rights law, as amended
by section 54 of subpart B of part C of chapter 62 of the laws of  2011,
is amended to read as follows:
  2.  If  the petitioner stands convicted of a violent felony offense as
defined in section 70.02 of the penal law or a felony defined in article
one hundred twenty-five of such law or any of the  following  provisions
of  such  law  sections  130.25, 130.30, 130.40, 130.45, 255.25, 255.26,
255.27,  article  two  hundred  sixty-three,  SECTIONS  135.10,  135.25,
230.05,  230.06,  subdivision  two  of section 230.30 or SECTION 230.32,
[and is currently confined as an inmate in any correctional facility  or

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01317-01-3

S. 737                              2

currently  under  the  supervision  of the department of corrections and
community supervision or a county probation department as  a  result  of
such  conviction,]  the  petition shall for each such conviction specify
such  felony conviction, the date of such conviction or convictions, and
the court in which such conviction or convictions were entered.
  S 3. Subdivision 2 of section 62 of the civil rights law,  as  amended
by  section 55 of subpart B of part C of chapter 62 of the laws of 2011,
is amended to read as follows:
  2. If the petition be to  change  the  name  of  a  person  [currently
confined  as  an  inmate in any correctional facility or currently under
the supervision of the department of corrections  and  community  super-
vision or a county probation department as a result of a conviction for]
WHO  STANDS  CONVICTED OF a violent felony offense as defined in section
70.02 of the penal law or a felony defined in article one hundred  twen-
ty-five  of  such  law  or  any  of the following provisions of such law
sections 130.25, 130.30, 130.40, 130.45, 255.25, 255.26, 255.27, article
two hundred sixty-three, SECTIONS 135.10, 135.25, 230.05, 230.06, subdi-
vision two of section 230.30 or SECTION 230.32, notice of the  time  and
place  when and where the petition will be presented shall be served, in
like manner as a notice of a motion upon an attorney in an action,  upon
the  district  attorney  of  every  county in which such person has been
convicted of such felony and upon the  court  or  courts  in  which  the
sentence for such felony was entered. Unless a shorter period of time is
ordered  by  the  court,  said  notice  shall  be  served upon each such
district attorney and court or courts not less than sixty days prior  to
the date on which such petition is noticed to be heard.
  S 4. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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