|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 03, 2018||referred to elections|
|Jan 05, 2017||referred to elections|
senate Bill S960
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Elections Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S960 - Details
S960 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S960 TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the election law and the correction law, in relation to voting by convicted felons PURPOSE : This bill would restore voting rights to parolees, to facilitate community reintegration and participation in the civic process, rather than requiring a parolee to wait until he or she has been discharged from parole or reached the maximum expiration date of the sentence. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section one of the bill amends subdivision two of section 5-106 of the Election Law to restore voting rights to individuals who have been released to community supervision from New York state sentences imposed because of New York felony convictions. Election Law § 5-106(2) bars a person convicted of a New York felony from voting or registering to vote, and also, as currently drafted, restores voting rights when the person is either discharged from parole or reaches the maximum expiration date of his or her sentence. This bill would restore voting rights while the person is serving the community supervision portion of the sentence, so that he or she can exercise
S960 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 960 2017-2018 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 5, 2017 ___________ Introduced by Sens. COMRIE, MONTGOMERY, PARKER, PERKINS, RIVERA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections AN ACT to amend the election law and the correction law, in relation to voting by convicted felons THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 5-106 of the election law, as amended by chapter 373 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows: 2. No person who has been convicted of a felony AND SENTENCED TO A PERIOD OF IMPRISONMENT FOR SUCH FELONY pursuant to the laws of this state, shall have the right to register for or vote at any election unless he [shall have been pardoned or restored to the rights of citi- zenship by the governor, or his maximum sentence of imprisonment has expired, or he has been discharged from parole. The governor, however, may attach as a condition to any such pardon a provision that any such person shall not have the right of suffrage until it shall have been separately restored to him] OR SHE HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM INCARCERATION FOR SUCH FELONY OR RELEASED FROM SERVING A TIME ASSESSMENT PURSUANT TO SUBPARAGRAPH (X) OF PARAGRAPH (F) OF SUBDIVISION THREE OF SECTION TWO HUNDRED FIFTY-NINE-I OF THE EXECUTIVE LAW. § 2. Subdivision 3 of section 5-106 of the election law is amended to read as follows: 3. No person who has been convicted in a federal court, of a felony, or a crime or offense which would constitute a felony under the laws of this state, AND SENTENCED TO A PERIOD OF IMPRISONMENT FOR SUCH FELONY, shall have the right to register for or vote at any election unless he [shall have been pardoned or restored to the rights of citizenship by the president of the United States, or his maximum sentence of imprison- ment has expired, or he has been discharged from parole] OR SHE HAS BEEN EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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