senate Bill S68

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Requires awarding of costs and attorney fees in frivolous action involving public petition and participation

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Jan 03, 2018 referred to codes
Jan 04, 2017 referred to codes

S68 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Civil Rights Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§70-a & 76-a, Civ Rts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: S7280
2015-2016: S1638
2019-2020: S52, S1458

S68 (ACTIVE) - 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.

S68 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S68 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                   68

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 4, 2017
                               ___________

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 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;
  § 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

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

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