assembly Bill A3079

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Prohibits participation in torture and improper treatment of prisoners by health care professionals

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May 18, 2017 advanced to third reading cal.404
May 16, 2017 reported
Feb 28, 2017 reported referred to codes
Jan 26, 2017 referred to higher education

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A3079 - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S112
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §25, Pub Health L; amd §§6509 & 6530, Ed L; amd §§740 & 741, Lab L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: A4489, S105
2013-2014: A4440, S2397
2011-2012: A5891A, S6795
2009-2010: A6665C

A3079 - Summary

Prohibits participation in torture and improper treatment of prisoners by health care professionals; prohibits a health care professional from engaging, assisting, planning the torture or improper treatment of a prisoner; requires health care professionals to report torture and improper treatment.

A3079 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  3079

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 26, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. GOTTFRIED, CAHILL, RIVERA, GLICK, PAULIN, HOOPER,
  JAFFEE,  LIFTON,  COOK, PERRY, ENGLEBRIGHT, O'DONNELL, ARROYO, TITONE,
  ROSENTHAL, McDONALD, KAVANAGH, HEVESI, BRONSON, FAHY, MOSLEY,  WEPRIN,
  OTIS,  STECK,  PICHARDO,  SEPULVEDA, AUBRY, ORTIZ, SEAWRIGHT -- Multi-
  Sponsored by -- M.  of A. CARROLL, DINOWITZ, FARRELL, GALEF,  LUPARDO,
  PEOPLES-STOKES,  PRETLOW -- read once and referred to the Committee on
  Higher Education

AN ACT to amend the public health law, the education law and  the  labor
  law,  in relation to prohibiting participation in torture and improper
  treatment of prisoners by health care professionals

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Legislative  policy and intent. This legislation is based
on, and is intended to give effect to, international treaties and stand-
ards; federal, state and local law; and professional standards  relating
to  torture, improper treatment of prisoners, and related matters. It is
guided by two basic principles: (1) health care professionals  shall  be
dedicated  to  providing  the  highest  standard  of  health  care, with
compassion and respect for human dignity and rights; and (2) torture and
improper treatment of prisoners are  wrong  and  inconsistent  with  the
practice  of the health care professions. The legislature finds that the
conduct prohibited by this act violates  the  ethical  and  legal  obli-
gations  of  licensed  health care professionals.  This legislation will
further protect the professionalism of New York  state  licensed  health
care  professionals  by  authorizing  and  obligating  them to refuse to
participate in torture and improper treatment  of  prisoners,  which  in
turn  will  protect  the  life and health of the people of the state and
those with whom New York licensed health care professionals interact.  A
health care professional who comes to the aid of a prisoner  should  not
be  presumed to be in violation when she or he is fulfilling the ethical
principle of beneficence. In contrast, a health care  professional  who,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02609-01-7

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