|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 06, 2010||referred to codes|
|Jan 07, 2009||referred to codes|
senate Bill S231
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S231 - Details
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Law Section:
- Penal Law
S231 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S231 TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the penal law, in relation to making unreasonable noise PURPOSE : This legislation would overturn existing judicial precedents that provide that to sustain a charge of unreasonable noise, there must be at least three (3) complaining witnesses. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : This legislation amends subdivision 2 of Section 240.20 of the Penal Law by providing that a charge of unreasonable noise may be sustained with only one (1) complainant. JUSTIFICATION : A key element of local government efforts to protect the peace and good order of their communities is the enforcement of noise ordinances. Under existing law, state courts have rules that no charge of unreasonable noise may be sustained unless there are at least three (3) complaining witnesses. The magic number of three has been determined by the courts to be necessary for a disturbance to be "public" and therefore prosecutable under the law.
S231 - Bill Text download pdf
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