senate Bill S875

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Decriminalizes the possession and sale of hypodermic needles and syringes; repealer

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to codes
Jan 09, 2019 referred to codes


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S875 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §220.03, rpld §220.45, Pen L; amd §850, Gen Bus L; amd §3381, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: S4099, A5471
2017-2018: S1082, A6258
2021-2022: S2523, A868

S875 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Decriminalizes the possession and sale of hypodermic needles and syringes; regulates the sale of hypodermic needles and syringes.

S875 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S875 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 9, 2019

  -- 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 criminal possession of a
  controlled substance in the seventh degree; to amend the general busi-
  ness law, in relation to  drug-related  paraphernalia;  to  amend  the
  public health law, in relation to the sale and possession of hypoderm-
  ic syringes and needles; and to repeal section 220.45 of the penal law
  relating to criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument


  Section 1. The opening paragraph of section 220.03 of the  penal  law,
as  amended by section 4 of part I of chapter 57 of the laws of 2015, is
amended to read as follows:
  A person is guilty of criminal possession of a controlled substance in
the seventh degree when he or she knowingly and unlawfully  possesses  a
controlled  substance;  provided,  however,  that  it  shall  not  be  a
violation of this section when a person possesses a residual amount of a
controlled substance and that residual amount is in or on  a  hypodermic
syringe or hypodermic needle [obtained and possessed pursuant to section
thirty-three hundred eighty-one of the public health law, which includes
the  state's  syringe  exchange  and pharmacy and medical provider-based
expanded syringe access programs]; nor shall it be a violation  of  this
section when a person's unlawful possession of a controlled substance is
discovered  as  a  result of seeking immediate health care as defined in
paragraph (b) of subdivision three of section 220.78 of [the penal  law]
THIS  ARTICLE,  for either another person or him or herself because such
person is experiencing a drug or alcohol overdose or other life  threat-
ening medical emergency as defined in paragraph (a) of subdivision three
of section 220.78 of [the penal law] THIS ARTICLE.
  § 2. Section 220.45 of the penal law is REPEALED.

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


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