assembly Bill A5318

Signed By Governor
2019-2020 Legislative Session

Requires companies to allow victims of domestic violence to cancel contracts when there is a domestic violence incident report, a police report, an order of protection or a signed affidavit

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  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Aug 28, 2019 signed chap.186
Aug 27, 2019 delivered to governor
May 14, 2019 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.119
substituted for s2356
referred to energy and telecommunications
delivered to senate
passed assembly
Mar 14, 2019 advanced to third reading cal.144
Mar 12, 2019 reported
Mar 06, 2019 reported referred to codes
Feb 08, 2019 referred to corporations, authorities and commissions

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A5318 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S2356
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §91, Pub Serv L; amd §399-yy, add §399-yyy, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A8018, S5033
2015-2016: A274, S526
2017-2018: A1056, S2711

A5318 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires companies to allow victims of domestic violence to cancel contracts when there is a domestic violence incident report, a police report, an order of protection or a signed affidavit.

A5318 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  5318

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 8, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by M. of A. ROZIC, ABBATE, ABINANTI, BLAKE, BRONSON, COLTON,
  CRESPO, JONES, OTIS, RAIA, RICHARDSON,  RODRIGUEZ,  SIMON,  SEAWRIGHT,
  PHEFFER AMATO, BICHOTTE -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. GALEF, McDO-
  NOUGH,  THIELE  --  read  once and referred to the Committee on Corpo-
  rations, Authorities and Commissions

AN ACT to amend the public service law and the general business law,  in
  relation  to requiring companies to allow victims of domestic violence
  to cancel contracts when there is a domestic violence incident report,
  a police report, an order of protection, or a signed affidavit

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

  Section 1. Section 91 of the public service law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 8 to read as follows:
  8.  EVERY  TELEPHONE  CORPORATION,  AS  DEFINED IN THIS CHAPTER, SHALL
ALLOW A PERSON WHO IS UNDER CONTRACT INCLUDING, BUT NOT  LIMITED  TO,  A
MULTI-YEAR  CONTRACT OR BUNDLE CONTRACT WITH SUCH TELEPHONE CORPORATION,
TO OPT-OUT OF SUCH CONTRACT WITHOUT CHARGE WHEN SUCH PERSON IS A  VICTIM
OF  DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND REQUESTS TO OPT-OUT IN WRITING. SUCH VICTIM OF
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHALL PROVIDE TO SUCH TELEPHONE CORPORATION ANY OF THE
FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS, WHICH SHALL RELATE TO SUCH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, WITH-
IN SIX MONTHS OF THE DOCUMENT'S ISSUANCE: (A) A VALID DOMESTIC  VIOLENCE
INCIDENT  REPORT FORM, AS SUCH TERM IS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION FIFTEEN OF
SECTION EIGHT HUNDRED THIRTY-SEVEN OF THE EXECUTIVE  LAW;  (B)  A  VALID
POLICE  REPORT;  (C) A VALID ORDER OF PROTECTION; (D) A SIGNED AFFIDAVIT
FROM A LICENSED MEDICAL OR MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER,  EMPLOYEE  OF  A
COURT ACTING WITHIN THE SCOPE OF HIS OR HER EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL WORKER, A
RAPE  CRISIS  COUNSELOR, AS DEFINED IN SECTION FORTY-FIVE HUNDRED TEN OF
THE CIVIL PRACTICE LAW AND RULES, OR ADVOCATE ACTING  ON  BEHALF  OF  AN
AGENCY THAT ASSISTS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS. A CLAIM FOR OPTING-OUT OF
SUCH CONTRACT WITHOUT CHARGE SHALL BE MADE IN GOOD FAITH. SUCH TELEPHONE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00798-01-9