senate Bill S1275

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Protects constitutional or civil rights of people against infringement by those not acting under color of law

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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Jan 08, 2014 referred to investigations and government operations
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S1275 - Details

Law Section:
Civil Rights Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง44-b, Civ Rts L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1761
2009-2010: S1128

S1275 - Summary

Provides for protection of persons in exercise or enjoyment of rights under state and federal laws; provides for civil action by attorney general, civil action by person aggrieved, and criminal penalties; applies to defendants acting or not acting under color of law; provides for various penal sanctions in addition to civil relief (view more) defines "sexual orientation".

S1275 - Sponsor Memo

S1275 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  1275

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  PERKINS,  ADAMS, DIAZ, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KRUEGER,
  PARKER -- read twice and ordered  printed,  and  when  printed  to  be
  committed to the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations

AN  ACT to amend the civil rights law, in relation to protecting consti-
  tutional or civil rights of the people

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

  Section  1.  The  civil  rights law is amended by adding a new section
44-b to read as follows:
  S 44-B. VIOLATIONS OF CONSTITUTIONAL OR CIVIL RIGHTS;  CIVIL  ACTIONS;
AND  CRIMINAL SANCTIONS. 1. LEGISLATIVE INTENT. THE LEGISLATURE DECLARES
THAT IT IS THE POLICY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK TO ASSURE THAT EACH RESI-
DENT IS AFFORDED AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY  A  FULL  AND  PRODUCTIVE
LIFE  WITHOUT  FEAR  OF DISCRIMINATION BASED UPON RACE, RELIGION, CREED,
COLOR, SEX, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AGE, DISABILITY OR NATIONAL ORIGIN.  THE
STATE  HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT TO PROTECT THE CONSTITUTIONALLY GUAR-
ANTEED RIGHTS OF ITS RESIDENTS. THE LEGISLATURE  NOTES  WITH  ALARM  THE
CONTINUED GROWTH IN THE STATE OF ACTS AND THREATS OF VIOLENCE AND INTIM-
IDATION, DENYING TO MEMBERS OF RACIAL, RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC GROUPS THEIR
FUNDAMENTAL CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS. ACTS WHICH DENY OR DEPRIVE OTHERS OF
THEIR  CONSTITUTIONALLY GUARANTEED RIGHTS THREATEN THE RIGHTS AND PRIVI-
LEGES OF ALL PERSONS AND UNDERMINE THE FOUNDATION OF A  FREE  DEMOCRATIC
SOCIETY.  THE  LEGISLATURE FINDS THAT ENACTMENT OF THIS LEGISLATION WILL
ENHANCE THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE.
  2. WHENEVER ANY PERSON OR PERSONS, WHETHER OR NOT ACTING  UNDER  COLOR
OF  LAW,  INTERFERE  BY THREATS, INTIMIDATION OR COERCION, OR ATTEMPT TO
INTERFERE BY THREATS, INTIMIDATION OR COERCION,  WITH  THE  EXERCISE  OR
ENJOYMENT  BY  ANY  OTHER  PERSON  OR  PERSONS  OF RIGHTS SECURED BY THE
CONSTITUTION OR LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES, OR OF RIGHTS SECURED  BY  THE
CONSTITUTION  OR  LAWS  OF  THIS STATE, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL MAY BRING A

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

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