senate Bill S7090

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Modifies the offense of forcible touching by removing the element of the actor's intent

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to codes


S7090 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §130.52, Pen L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2017-2018: A8751
2021-2022: S842, A208

S7090 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Modifies the offense of forcible touching by removing the element of the actor's intent, including the intent to degrade or abuse another person.

S7090 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7090 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                            I N  S E N A T E


                             January 8, 2020

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

AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to modifying the  offense  of
  "forcible  touching"  to  "unwanted  touching" and by removing certain
  elements of the actor's intent


  Section  1. Section 130.52 of the penal law, as amended by chapter 264
of the laws of 2003, the opening paragraph and subdivision 1 as  amended
and  subdivision  2  as  added  by  chapter  250 of the laws of 2015, is
amended to read as follows:
§ 130.52 [Forcible] UNWANTED touching.
  A person is guilty of [forcible] UNWANTED touching  when  such  person
intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose:
  1.  [forcibly]  touches  the sexual or other intimate parts of another
person [for the purpose of degrading or abusing such person, or for  the
purpose  of  gratifying  the actor's sexual desire] WITHOUT THE LATTER'S
  2. subjects another person to sexual contact [for the purpose of grat-
ifying the actor's sexual desire and with intent  to  degrade  or  abuse
such  other person] WITHOUT THE LATTER'S CONSENT while such other person
is a passenger on a bus, train, or subway car operated  by  any  transit
agency,  authority  or  company,  public  or private, whose operation is
authorized by New York state or any of its political subdivisions.
  For  the  purposes  of  this  section,  [forcible]  UNWANTED  touching
includes BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO squeezing, grabbing, RUBBING or pinching.
  [Forcible] UNWANTED touching is a class A misdemeanor.
  § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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


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