senate Bill S1838

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Protects book publishers under the shield law: journalist's right to withhold the identity of confidential sources or notes or elements of professional work

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to codes
Jan 13, 2011 referred to codes

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S1838 - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Civil Rights Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง79-h, Civ Rts L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S3660

S1838 - Summary

Includes book publishers under the Shield Law which protects a journalist's right to withhold the identity of confidential sources or notes or elements of their professional work.

S1838 - Sponsor Memo

S1838 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  1838

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 13, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  OPPENHEIMER, DIAZ, KRUEGER, SAMPSON -- 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  protecting  book
  publishers under the shield law

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

  Section 1.  Paragraph 6 of subdivision (a)  of  section  79-h  of  the
civil  rights  law,  as  amended  by chapter 468 of the laws of 1981, is
amended to read as follows:
  (6) "Professional journalist" shall mean one who, for gain or  liveli-
hood,  is engaged in gathering, preparing, collecting, writing, editing,
filming, taping or photographing of news intended for a newspaper, maga-
zine, BOOK PUBLISHER, news agency, press association or wire service  or
other  professional  medium  or  agency  which has as one of its regular
functions the processing and researching of news  intended  for  dissem-
ination  to  the  public;  such  person shall be someone performing said
function either as a regular employee or as one otherwise professionally
affiliated for gain or livelihood with such medium of communication.
  S 2. Subdivision (a) of section  79-h  of  the  civil  rights  law  is
amended by adding a new paragraph 9 to read as follows:
  (9) "BOOK PUBLISHER" SHALL MEAN A CORPORATION, COMPANY, PARTNERSHIP OR
SOLE  PROPRIETORSHIP  THAT  ROUTINELY  PREPARES  OR  ISSUES  FOR  PUBLIC
DISTRIBUTION OR SALE BOOKS, WHETHER WRITTEN OR  AUDIO,  AND  WHETHER  IN
PRINT,  ON TAPE, ON DISK, OR IN ANY ELECTRONIC OR OTHER MEDIUM, CONCERN-
ING LOCAL, NATIONAL OR WORLDWIDE EVENTS,  OR  OTHER  MATTERS  OF  PUBLIC
INTEREST OR AFFECTING THE PUBLIC WELFARE.
  S  3.  Subdivision  (b)  of  section  79-h of the civil rights law, as
amended by chapter 33 of the  laws  of  1990,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06315-01-1

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