|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
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|Jan 06, 2016||referred to codes|
|Jan 07, 2015||referred to codes|
senate Bill S341
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Codes Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
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- Delivered to Governor
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S341 - Details
S341 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S341 TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the criminal procedure law, in relation to providing witnesses with facility dogs PURPOSE : To facilitate the truth finding process through fair and accurate testimony by providing a judge with the discretion to allow vulnerable witnesses the ability to testify in the presence of a facility dog. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 entitles the bill "Rosie's Law." Section 2 sets forth the legislative intent. Section 3 adds a new article sixty-seven to the criminal procedure law. Section 67.00 defines facility dog and "vulnerable witness" for the purpose of this new Article. Section 67.10 sets forth the procedure for use by a judge to allow at their discretion to permit a vulnerable witness to have a facility dog present while testifying. Section 4 provides that this act shall take effect immediately. JUSTIFICATION :
S341 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 341 2015-2016 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) 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 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. This act shall be known and shall be cited as "Rosie's Law". 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 USE OF FACILITY DOGS FOR CERTAIN WITNESSES SECTION 67.00 DEFINITIONS. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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