senate Bill S1063

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Authorizes mutual aid agreements between counties for the provision of services by coroners and medical examiners and requires certain training

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May 29, 2014 referred to local governments
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 19, 2014 advanced to third reading
May 14, 2014 2nd report cal.
May 13, 2014 1st report cal.734
Jan 08, 2014 referred to local government
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 03, 2013 referred to local governments
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 06, 2013 advanced to third reading
May 01, 2013 2nd report cal.
Apr 30, 2013 1st report cal.485
Jan 09, 2013 referred to local government

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May 13, 2014 - Local Government committee Vote

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Local Government Committee Vote: May 13, 2014

Apr 30, 2013 - Local Government committee Vote

S1063
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Excused
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Local Government Committee Vote: Apr 30, 2013

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S1063 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
County Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยงยง672 & 672-a, County L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S277B
2009-2010: S3220

S1063 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes mutual aid agreements between counties for the provision of services by coroners and medical examiners; establishes medical-legal investigation training requirements for coroners and coroner's deputies.

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BILL NUMBER:S1063

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the county law, in relation to mutual
aid agreements between counties for the provision of services by
coroners and medical examiners and establishes certain training
requirements

PURPOSE:
To allow coroners' services from adjacent counties to assist a county
in a time of disaster and to establish training requirements for
coroners.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends the county law by adding two new sections 672 and
672-a, which authorizes counties to enter into written or mutual aid
agreements far the provision of services provided by the county
coroner's office or the office of the medical examiner in such
counties requirement.

Also, this bill shall not alter the liability of any county that
enters into a mutual aid agreement under this bill to a third party
claimant for any cause of action that arises out of such an agreement.
Proper venue shall be any of the counties involved. In addition,
certain training requirements are established for coroners.

Section 2 states the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
Recent events, natural catastrophe or terrorist-related, have brought
to light the need for cooperation between counties to assist one
another in the expedient management of mass casualties. As the law
exists today, a large scale catastrophe would be too large of a burden
for counties with only one coroner. Additionally, if the existing
coroner falls ill, there is no one to replace him. These mutual aid
agreements would improve counties' capabilities to manage emergencies
and deaths. In addition, proper training of coroners is needed to
ensure the prevision of proper services.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.2621A 2007/2008; Advanced to Third Reading, Committed to Rules
Committee.
S.3220 of 2009/2010; Referred to Local Government
S.277B of 2011/2012; Referred to Local Government

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the 180th day after becoming law, with
provisions.

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

                                  1063

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. MAZIARZ, BONACIC, DeFRANCISCO, GOLDEN -- read twice
  and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
  on Local Government

AN ACT to amend the county law, in relation  to  mutual  aid  agreements
  between counties for the provision of services by coroners and medical
  examiners and establishes certain training requirements

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

  Section 1. The county law is amended by adding two  new  sections  672
and 672-a to read as follows:
  S  672.  MUTUAL AID AGREEMENTS FOR CORONERS' SERVICES. 1.  TWO OR MORE
COUNTIES ARE AUTHORIZED TO ENTER INTO WRITTEN MUTUAL AID AGREEMENTS  FOR
THE  PROVISION  OF  SERVICES  PROVIDED BY THE COUNTY CORONER'S OFFICE OR
OFFICE OF THE MEDICAL EXAMINER IN SUCH COUNTIES. EACH  COUNTY  SHALL  BE
LIABLE  FOR  ACTS  OR  OMISSIONS  OF ITS EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS WHEN ACTING
PURSUANT TO SUCH AN AGREEMENT IN THE SAME MANNER AND TO THE SAME  EXTENT
AS  IF  SUCH  ACTS  OR  OMISSIONS  OCCURRED  WITHIN THE COUNTY; AND SUCH
EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS SHALL HAVE IMMUNITIES AND PRIVILEGES FOR THEIR  ACTS
OR  OMISSIONS  WHEN  ACTING  PURSUANT  TO  SUCH AN AGREEMENT IN THE SAME
MANNER AND TO THE SAME EXTENT AS IF  SUCH  ACTS  OR  OMISSIONS  OCCURRED
WITHIN  THE  COUNTY; EXCEPT THAT SUCH A CONTRACT MAY APPORTION LIABILITY
OTHERWISE BETWEEN OR AMONG THE COUNTIES.
  2. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO ALTER  THE  LIABILITY
OF  ANY  COUNTY THAT ENTERS INTO A MUTUAL AID AGREEMENT PURSUANT TO THIS
SECTION TO A THIRD PARTY CLAIMANT FOR ANY CAUSE OF  ACTION  THAT  ARISES
OUT  OF  SUCH  AGREEMENT.  THE PROPER VENUE FOR ANY SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION
SHALL BE IN ANY OF THE COUNTIES INVOLVED IN SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION.
  S 672-A. TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR CORONERS  AND  CORONER'S  DEPUTIES.
EACH CORONER AND CORONER'S DEPUTY, WHETHER ELECTED OR APPOINTED PURSUANT
TO  SECTION  FOUR HUNDRED OF THIS CHAPTER, SHALL ATTEND AND SUCCESSFULLY

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02092-01-3

S. 1063                             2

COMPLETE STATE-APPROVED COURSES IN MEDICAL-LEGAL INVESTIGATION PRIOR  TO
THE  TAKING  OF SUCH OFFICE, OR IF SUCH COURSE CANNOT BE COMPLETED PRIOR
TO TAKING OFFICE, THEN NO LATER THAN THIRTY DAYS  AFTER  TAKING  OFFICE.
THE  COST  OF SUCH COURSES SHALL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CORONER OR
CORONER'S  DEPUTY,  PROVIDED  HOWEVER  THAT  THE  COUNTY  MAY,  AT   ITS
DISCRETION,  REIMBURSE  THE  CORONER  OR  CORONER'S  DEPUTY FOR ALL OR A
PORTION OF THE COST OF SUCH COURSES.  SUCH COURSES SHALL BE  PRESCRIBED,
CERTIFIED  AND CREDITED IN RULES PROMULGATED BY THE DIVISION OF CRIMINAL
JUSTICE SERVICES IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER  OF  HEALTH,  THE
SUPERINTENDENT OF STATE POLICE, THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION, AND OTHER
INTERESTED  PROFESSIONAL  GROUPS  INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE NEW
YORK STATE ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY CORONERS  AND  MEDICAL  EXAMINERS.  THE
FREQUENCY  AND  DURATION  OF  SUCH  COURSES SHALL BE ESTABLISHED BY SUCH
RULES.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law; provided, however, that the commissioner  of
criminal  justice  services is authorized and directed to promulgate any
rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this  act
on its effective date on or before such date.

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