senate Bill S341

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Relates to providing witnesses with facility dogs

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 06, 2016 referred to codes
Jan 07, 2015 referred to codes


S341 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Criminal Procedure Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 67 ยงยง67.00 & 67.10, CP L
Versions Introduced in 2013-2014 Legislative Session:
S4865, A7159

S341 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to providing witnesses with facility dogs.

S341 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S341 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E


                             January 7, 2015

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

AN ACT to amend the criminal procedure law,  in  relation  to  providing
  witnesses with facility dogs


  Section 1. This act shall be known and  shall  be  cited  as  "Rosie's
  S  2.  Legislative  intent.  Testifying  in court is an unfamiliar and
stressful event for most people and certain individuals are at a greater
predisposition to be impacted by this experience. Stress can hamper  the
ability  of a witness to provide testimony in a proceeding and interfere
with the truth finding process. Scientific evidence has shown that  calm
dogs  reduce stress in humans. When certain individuals are permitted to
have a facility dog assist them while testifying during a court proceed-
ing it helps reduce their stress so that they  can  better  communicate.
The purpose of this legislation is to facilitate the truth finding proc-
ess  through  fair  and  accurate  testimony.  If in order to facilitate
testimony that is fair and accurate, the court determines by  a  prepon-
derance of the evidence that a vulnerable witness could suffer emotional
distress  while testifying in court that could impair the ability of the
victim or witness to effectively communicate, the court may order that a
facility dog or the equivalent thereof, if available, may accompany  the
vulnerable  witness to the witness stand or be visible to the vulnerable
witness in the courtroom.
  S 3. The criminal procedure law is amended by adding a new article  67
to read as follows:
                               ARTICLE 67

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


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