senate Bill S4922

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to witnesses to a health care proxy and the crime of forgery in the second degree

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to health
May 01, 2013 referred to health

S4922 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A619
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §2981, Pub Health L; amd §170.10, Pen L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A2186
2009-2010: A3787

S4922 - Summary

Relates to witnesses to a health care proxy; changes the witness requirement for the health care proxy from two adult witnesses to one adult witness; makes an exception for persons who reside in mental health facilities by requiring such persons to have two adult witnesses; also includes falsely making or altering a health care proxy within the crime of forgery in the second degree.

S4922 - Sponsor Memo

S4922 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  4922

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Health

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation  to  witnesses  to  a
  health care proxy and to amend the penal law, in relation to the crime
  of forgery in the second degree

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

  Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision  2  of  section  2981  of  the
public  health  law,  as  added  by  chapter 752 of the laws of 1990, is
amended to read as follows:
  (a) A competent adult may appoint a health care agent by a health care
proxy, signed and dated by the adult in the presence of [two] ONE  adult
[witnesses] WITNESS who shall also sign the proxy. HOWEVER, A PERSON WHO
RESIDES  IN  A  FACILITY  OPERATED  OR  LICENSED BY THE OFFICE OF MENTAL
HEALTH OR THE OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL  DISABILITIES,  SHALL
SIGN  SUCH  PROXY  IN THE PRESENCE OF TWO ADULT WITNESSES WHO SHALL ALSO
SIGN THE PROXY.  Another person, WHO SHALL NOT BE A  WITNESS,  may  sign
and  date  the health care proxy for the adult if the adult is unable to
do so, at the adult's direction and in the adult's presence, and in  the
presence  of  [two  adult]  THE  WITNESS OR witnesses who shall sign the
proxy. The WITNESS OR witnesses shall state that the principal  appeared
to  execute  the  proxy  willingly  and  free  from  duress.  The person
appointed as agent shall not act as witness to execution of  the  health
care proxy.
  S  2.  Subdivision 1 of section 170.10 of the penal law, as amended by
chapter 949 of the laws of 1984, is amended to read as follows:
  1. A deed, will, codicil, contract, assignment, commercial instrument,
credit card, as that term is defined in  subdivision  seven  of  section
155.00,  HEALTH  CARE  PROXY  UNDER  ARTICLE TWENTY-NINE-C OF THE PUBLIC
HEALTH LAW, or other instrument which  does  or  may  evidence,  create,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04427-01-3

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