|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 11, 2019||referred to codes|
senate Bill S1254
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Codes Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S1254 (ACTIVE) - Details
S1254 (ACTIVE) - Summary
Enacts the reproductive health care facilities access act; provides that the crime of criminal interference with health care services or religious worship shall be established by the mens rea of knowingly injuring, intimidating or interfering with a person obtaining or providing or assisting in obtaining or providing reproductive health services; includes in the definition of such crime engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly committing acts within twenty-five feet of the premises of a reproductive health care facility; defines such premises… (view more) provides for a civil cause of action for any person harmed by conduct constituting such a crime.
S1254 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S1254 SPONSOR: PARKER TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law and the civil rights law, in relation to enacting the reproductive health care facilities access act PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To prohibit interference with access to reproductive health care services so that persons harmed by such conduct can seek redress in the courts and the state can obtain injunctive relief and damages. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill specifies that the act shall be cited as the "reproductive health care facilities access act". Section 2 is the legislative intent.
S1254 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1254 2019-2020 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 11, 2019 ___________ Introduced by Sens. PARKER, MAYER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes AN ACT to amend the penal law and the civil rights law, in relation to enacting the reproductive health care facilities access act THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "reproduc- tive health care facilities access act". § 2. Legislative intent. The legislature finds that the right to obtain reproductive health services is an essential personal right protected by state and federal law. Equally, the right to peaceably protest and express one's views is protected by state and federal law. Such actions include, but are not limited to, the right to speak, march, demonstrate, or engage in other activity protected by the First Amend- ment. The legislature finds that current law does not adequately protect reproductive health care facilities and those who work in or seek services from such facilities. Therefore, the legislature has determined that it is appropriate for the protection of the public health, safety and welfare, to enact legislation to prohibit interference with access to reproductive health care services, so that persons harmed by such conduct can seek redress in the courts and the state can obtain injunc- tive relief and damages. Furthermore, the legislature has determined that it is appropriate to enact this legislation to: ensure public safe- ty and order; protect freedom to receive reproductive health services; advance medical privacy and the well-being of patients seeking reproduc- tive health care services at facilities; and safeguard private property. § 3. Section 240.70 of the penal law, as added by chapter 635 of the laws of 1999, is amended to read as follows: § 240.70 Criminal interference with health care services or religious worship in the second degree. 1. A person is guilty of criminal interference with health services or religious worship in the second degree when:
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