senate Bill S6349

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or expression and includes offenses regarding gender identity or expression under the hate crimes statute

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

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Mar 16, 2012 committee discharged and committed to rules
notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 31, 2012 referred to investigations and government operations

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S6349 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5039
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§291, 292, 295, 296 & 296-a, Exec L; amd §40-c, Civ Rts L; amd §313, Ed L; amd §§485.00, 485.05, 240.30, 240.31 & 240.00, Pen L; amd §200.50, CP L

S6349 - Summary

Prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or expression; defines "gender identity or expression" as having or being perceived as having a gender identity, self image, appearance, behavior or expression whether or not that gender identity, self image, appearance, behavior or expression is different from that traditionally associated with the sex assigned to that person at birth; further includes offenses regarding gender identity or expression within the list of offenses subject to treatment as hate crimes.

S6349 - Sponsor Memo

S6349 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  6349

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 31, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
  ment Operations

AN ACT to amend the executive law, the civil rights law and  the  educa-
  tion  law,  in  relation to prohibiting discrimination based on gender
  identity or expression; and to amend the penal law  and  the  criminal
  procedure  law,  in  relation  to  including offenses regarding gender
  identity or expression within the list of offenses subject  to  treat-
  ment as hate crimes

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

  Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature  reaffirms
that  the state has the responsibility to act to assure that every indi-
vidual within this state is afforded an equal  opportunity  to  enjoy  a
full  and  productive  life,  and that the failure to provide such equal
opportunity, whether because of discrimination,  prejudice,  intolerance
or  inadequate  education,  training,  housing  or  health care not only
threatens the rights and  proper  privileges  of  its  inhabitants,  but
menaces  the  institutions and foundation of a free democratic state and
threatens the peace, order, health, safety and general  welfare  of  the
state and its inhabitants.
  The  legislature  further finds that many residents of this state have
encountered prejudice on account of their gender identity or expression,
and that this prejudice  has  severely  limited  or  actually  prevented
access to employment, housing and other basic necessities of life, lead-
ing  to  deprivation  and  suffering. The legislature further recognizes
that this prejudice has fostered a  general  climate  of  hostility  and
distrust,  leading  in some instances to physical violence against those
perceived to live in a gender identity or expression which is  different
from  that traditionally associated with the sex assigned to that person
at birth.
  In so doing, the legislature makes clear its action is not intended to
promote any particular attitude, course of conduct or way of life. Rath-
er its purpose is to ensure that individuals who live in our free socie-

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

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