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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to investigations and government operations|
|Jan 14, 2013||referred to investigations and government operations|
senate Bill S2185
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S2185 - Details
S2185 - Summary
Prohibits certain discriminatory practices against victims of domestic violence relating to housing, including but not limited to, the purchase, rent or lease of a housing accommodation; defines domestic violence victim to include victims of domestic violence pursuant to the social services law and victims of stalking offenses.
S2185 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S2185 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to prohibiting discriminatory practices against domestic violence victims PURPOSE: To protect domestic violence victims from housing discrimi- nation based on their status as a victim. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill amends Executive Law § 292 (the Human Rights Law) to add domestic violence victim status to the list of bases that may not lawfully be relied on when denying an individual the right to purchase, rent, lease or inhabit housing accommodation. A new defi- nition of "domestic violence victim" is added. JUSTIFICATION: Homelessness among domestic violence victims is a significant problem, which can prevent such victims, who axe primarily women, from stabilizing their lives and the lives of their children and other dependents. While homelessness can result from a number of factors, in a 1999 publication the United States Conference of Mayors identified domestic violence as a significant cause of homelessness. In a 1999 study conducted by the National Resource Center on Domestic violence, 67% of domestic violence service providers identified housing discrimination as a barrier to battered women seeking alternative hous- ing. Battered women who cannot find a place to live may be forced to return to their abusers. Landlords and sellers of property should not be permitted to discriminate against domestic violence victims based upon
S2185 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 2185 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 14, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. ROBACH -- 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, in relation to prohibiting discrimi- natory practices against domestic violence victims THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 292 of the executive law is amended by adding a new subdivision 35 to read as follows: 35. THE TERM "DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM" MEANS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS OR IS PERCEIVED BY THE ACTOR TO BE A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AS DEFINED IN SECTION FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY-NINE-A OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES LAW, OR STALKING AS DEFINED IN ARTICLE ONE HUNDRED TWENTY OF THE PENAL LAW. S 2. Paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) of subdivision 2-a of section 296 of the executive law, as amended by chapter 106 of the laws of 2003, are amended to read as follows: (a) To refuse to sell, rent or lease or otherwise to deny to or with- hold from any person or group of persons such housing accommodations because of the race, creed, color, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, sex, marital status, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM STATUS, or familial status of such person or persons, or to represent that any housing accommodation or land is not available for inspection, sale, rental or lease when in fact it is so available. (b) To discriminate against any person because of his or her race, creed, color, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, sex, marital status, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM STATUS, or familial status in the terms, conditions or privileges of any publicly- assisted housing accommodations or in the furnishing of facilities or services in connection therewith. (c) To cause to be made any written or oral inquiry or record concern- ing the race, creed, color, disability, national origin, sexual orien- EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01040-01-3
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