senate Bill S7625

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to requiring annual fair housing testing

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Investigations And Government Operations Committee


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Jan 31, 2020 referred to investigations and government operations

S7625 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Investigations And Government Operations
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §292, add §295-a, Exec L

S7625 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to requiring annual fair housing testing; defines fair housing testing; requires the attorney general to conduct yearly fair housing testing to ensure compliance with the human rights law.

S7625 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7625 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  7625

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 31, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  KAPLAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
  ment Operations

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to requiring annual  fair
  housing testing

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

  Section 1. Section 292 of the executive law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 39 to read as follows:
  39. THE TERM "FAIR HOUSING TESTING" SHALL MEAN A COVERT HOUSING INVES-
TIGATION TO GATHER EVIDENCE OF COMPLIANCE WITH  THIS  ARTICLE  INVOLVING
ONE  OR  MORE PERSONS WHO INITIATE CONTACT WITH ANOTHER PERSON OR ENTITY
FOR THE PURPOSE OF COMPARING HOW MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS OF A  PROTECTED
CLASS,  AS DEFINED BY THIS ARTICLE, WHO ARE OTHERWISE SIMILARLY SITUATED
ARE TREATED. THE INVESTIGATION MAY ALSO INCLUDE COMPARING  THE  OBSERVED
CONDUCT  OR  BUSINESS PRACTICES TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FAIR HOUSING LAWS
AND ANALYSIS OF ANY PUBLICLY AVAILABLE DATA TO  IDENTIFY  DISCRIMINATORY
FAIR HOUSING PRACTICES.
  §  2.  The  executive  law is amended by adding a new section 295-a to
read as follows:
  § 295-A. FAIR HOUSING TESTING.  THE  ATTORNEY  GENERAL  SHALL  CONDUCT
YEARLY  FAIR HOUSING TESTING TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THIS ARTICLE. THE
RESULTS OF SUCH FAIR HOUSING TESTING SHALL BE REPORTED ANNUALLY  TO  THE
GOVERNOR  AND  THE  LEGISLATURE, INCLUDING THE NUMBER OF TESTS CONDUCTED
EACH YEAR, THE NUMBER OF INSTANCES OF POSSIBLE DISCRIMINATION FOUND AS A
RESULT OF SUCH TESTING, AND ANY RESULTING ENFORCEMENT ACTION BROUGHT  AS
A  RESULT  OF  SUCH TESTING. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL MAY CONTRACT TO A NON-
PROFIT ORGANIZATION OR ORGANIZATIONS TO EXECUTE ANY PORTION  OR  ALL  OF
THE FAIR HOUSING TESTS. ANY ORGANIZATION OR INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTED BY THE
ATTORNEY  GENERAL  TO  PERFORM  FAIR  HOUSING TESTING UNDER THIS SECTION
SHALL NOT BE PRECLUDED FROM PURSUING  ANY  AND  ALL  REMEDIES  AVAILABLE
UNDER  LAW  FOR  ANY  POTENTIAL DISCRIMINATION FOUND AS A RESULT OF FAIR
HOUSING TESTING DONE PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.

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

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