assembly Bill A7159A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to providing witnesses with facility dogs

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2014 referred to codes
Nov 27, 2013 print number 7159a
Nov 27, 2013 amend and recommit to codes
May 03, 2013 referred to codes

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A7159 - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S4865
Current Committee:
Assembly Codes
Law Section:
Criminal Procedure Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 67 §§67.00 & 67.10, CP L
Versions Introduced in 2015-2016 Legislative Session:
A389, S341

A7159 - Summary

Relates to providing witnesses with facility dogs.

A7159 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  7159

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                               May 3, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  SKARTADOS  --  read once and referred to the
  Committee on Codes

AN ACT to amend the criminal procedure law,  in  relation  to  providing
  witnesses with facility dogs

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and  shall  be  cited  as  "Rosie's
Law".
  S  2.  Legislative  intent.  Testifying  in court is an unfamiliar and
stressful event for most people and certain individuals are at a greater
predisposition to be impacted by the stress. The stress can  hamper  the
ability  of a witness to provide testimony in a proceeding and interfere
with the truth finding process. It has  been  shown  that  when  certain
individuals are permitted to have a facility dog assist them in a court-
house setting it helps reduce victim or witness anxiety.  The purpose of
this legislation is to facilitate the truth finding process through fair
and accurate testimony. If in order to facilitate testimony that is fair
and  accurate,  the  court determines by a preponderance of the evidence
that a victim or witness who is either under the age of  18,  physically
or  mentally  impaired  or a victim or witness of a crime of violence or
sexual assault could suffer emotional distress while testifying in court
that could impair the ability of the victim or  witness  to  effectively
communicate,  the  court may order that a facility dog or the equivalent
thereof, if available, may  accompany  the  victim  or  witness  to  the
witness stand or be visible to the victim or witness in the courtroom.
  S  3. The criminal procedure law is amended by adding a new article 67
to read as follows:
                               ARTICLE 67
               USE OF FACILITY DOGS FOR CERTAIN WITNESSES
SECTION 67.00 DEFINITIONS.
        67.10 USE OF FACILITY DOGS; GENERAL RULE.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10376-02-3

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Multi-Sponsors

A7159A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S4865
Current Committee:
Assembly Codes
Law Section:
Criminal Procedure Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 67 §§67.00 & 67.10, CP L
Versions Introduced in 2015-2016 Legislative Session:
A389, S341

A7159A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to providing witnesses with facility dogs.

A7159A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 7159--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                               May 3, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M. of A. SKARTADOS, LAVINE, BROOK-KRASNY, SKOUFIS, LALOR
  -- read once and referred to  the  Committee  on  Codes  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the criminal procedure law, in relation to providing
  witnesses with facility dogs

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

  Section  1.  This  act  shall  be known and shall be cited as "Rosie's
Law".
  S 2. Legislative intent. Testifying in  court  is  an  unfamiliar  and
stressful event for most people and certain individuals are at a greater
predisposition  to be impacted by this experience. Stress can hamper the
ability of a witness to provide testimony in a proceeding and  interfere
with  the truth finding process. Scientific evidence has shown that calm
dogs reduce stress in humans. When certain individuals are permitted  to
have a facility dog assist them while testifying during a court proceed-
ing  it  helps  reduce their stress so that they can better communicate.
The purpose of this legislation is to facilitate the truth finding proc-
ess through fair and accurate  testimony.  If  in  order  to  facilitate
testimony  that  is fair and accurate, the court determines by a prepon-
derance of the evidence that a vulnerable witness could suffer emotional
distress while testifying in court that could impair the ability of  the
victim or witness to effectively communicate, the court may order that a
facility  dog or the equivalent thereof, if available, may accompany the
vulnerable witness to the witness stand or be visible to the  vulnerable
witness in the courtroom.
  S  3. The criminal procedure law is amended by adding a new article 67
to read as follows:
                               ARTICLE 67
               USE OF FACILITY DOGS FOR CERTAIN WITNESSES

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10376-06-3

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