|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jun 20, 2014||committed to rules|
|Jun 03, 2014||advanced to third reading|
|Jun 02, 2014||2nd report cal.|
|May 29, 2014||1st report cal.1053|
|May 09, 2014||referred to codes|
senate Bill S7280
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S7280 - Details
S7280 - Summary
Requires awarding of costs and attorney fees in frivolous action involving public petition and participation; expands application of actions involving public petition and participation.
S7280 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S7280 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the civil rights law, in relation to actions involving public petition and participation PURPOSE OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to extend the protection of New York's current law regarding Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation ("SLAPP suits"). The amendment will protect citizens' from frivolous litigation that is intended to silence their exercise of the rights of free speech and petition about matters of public concern. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS OF BILL: Section 1 of the bill would amend section 76-a of the Civil Rights Law to define an "action involving public petition and participation" to include a claim related to: i. Any communication in a place open to the public or a public forum in connection with an issue of public concern; or ii.Any other lawful conduct in furtherance of the exercise of the constitutional right of free speech in connection with an issue of public concern, or in furtherance of the exercise of the constitutional right of petition.
S7280 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7280 I N S E N A T E May 9, 2014 ___________ Introduced by Sen. ESPAILLAT -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes AN ACT to amend the civil rights law, in relation to actions involving public petition and participation THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 70-a of the civil rights law, as added by chapter 767 of the laws of 1992, is amended to read as follows: (a) costs and attorney's fees [may] SHALL be recovered upon a demon- stration, INCLUDING AN ADJUDICATION PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (G) OF RULE THIRTY-TWO HUNDRED ELEVEN OR SUBDIVISION (H) OF RULE THIRTY-TWO HUNDRED TWELVE OF THE CIVIL PRACTICE LAW AND RULES, that the action involving public petition and participation was commenced or continued without a substantial basis in fact and law and could not be supported by a substantial argument for the extension, modification or reversal of existing law; S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 76-a of the civil rights law, as added by chapter 767 of the laws of 1992, is amended to read as follows: 1. For purposes of this section: (a) An "action involving public petition and participation" is [an action,] A claim[, cross claim or counterclaim for damages that is brought by a public applicant or permittee, and is materially related to any efforts of the defendant to report on, comment on, rule on, chal- lenge or oppose such application or permission] BASED UPON: (1) ANY COMMUNICATION IN A PLACE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC OR A PUBLIC FORUM IN CONNECTION WITH AN ISSUE OF PUBLIC CONCERN; OR (2) ANY OTHER LAWFUL CONDUCT IN FURTHERANCE OF THE EXERCISE OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH IN CONNECTION WITH AN ISSUE OF PUBLIC CONCERN, OR IN FURTHERANCE OF THE EXERCISE OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT OF PETITION. (b) ["Public applicant or permittee" shall mean any person who has applied for or obtained a permit, zoning change, lease, license, certif- icate or other entitlement for use or permission to act from any govern- EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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