senate Bill S4622

Signed By Governor
2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to permitting combination last name changes to occur when separated by a space

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Archive: Last Bill Status Via A3487 - Signed by Governor

  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Nov 20, 2019 signed chap.497
Nov 08, 2019 delivered to governor
Mar 28, 2019 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.354
substituted for s4622
Mar 28, 2019 substituted by a3487
Mar 26, 2019 ordered to third reading cal.354
committee discharged and committed to rules
Mar 15, 2019 referred to judiciary


S4622 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
Domestic Relations Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §15, Dom Rel L

S4622 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to permitting combination last name changes to occur when separated by a space, currently it is only allowed if separated by a hyphen.

S4622 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4622 (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

                             March 15, 2019

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

AN ACT to amend the domestic relations law, in  relation  to  permitting
  combination last name changes to occur when separated by a space


  Section 1. Clause (iv) of subparagraph 3 of paragraph (b) of  subdivi-
sion  1 of section 15 of the domestic relations law, as added by chapter
583 of the laws of 1985, is amended to read as follows:
  (iv) a combination name separated by a hyphen OR SPACE, provided  that
each part of such combination surname is the premarriage surname, or any
former surname, of each of the spouses.
  § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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


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