senate Bill S6908

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to eligibility requirements for victims of sex offenses to receive awards from the office of victim services

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Current Bill Status - Stricken

  • Introduced
  • In Committee
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Dec 10, 2021 recommit, enacting clause stricken
May 20, 2021 referred to crime victims, crime and correction

S6908 (ACTIVE) - Details

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Current Committee:
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §631, Exec L

S6908 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to eligibility requirements for victims of sex offenses to receive awards from the office of victim services; removes time limitations on when reports of a sex offense must be made; removes requirement that a victim of a sex offense participate in the criminal justice system; establishes that a written or verbal statement made to certain persons shall be deemed to be a report to a criminal justice agency.

S6908 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6908 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                               May 20, 2021
 Introduced  by  Sen. SALAZAR -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Crime Victims,  Crime  and
 AN  ACT  to amend the executive law, in relation to eligibility require-
   ments for victims of sex offenses to receive awards from the office of
   victim services

   Section  1.    Subdivision  1  of section 631 of the executive law, as
 separately amended by chapters 189 and 295  of  the  laws  of  2018,  is
 amended to read as follows:
   1. No award shall be made unless the office finds that (a) a crime was
 committed,  (b) such crime directly resulted in personal physical injury
 to or the exacerbation of a preexisting  disability,  or  condition,  or
 death  of, the victim, and (c) criminal justice agency records show that
 such crime was promptly reported to the proper authorities;  and  in  no
 case may an award be made where the criminal justice agency records show
 that  such  report  was  made more than one week after the occurrence of
 such crime unless the office, for good cause shown, finds the  delay  to
 have  been  justified.  Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this
 subdivision, in cases involving [an alleged sex offense as contained  in
 article  one  hundred  thirty  of the penal law or] incest as defined in
 section 255.25, 255.26 or 255.27 of the penal law or  labor  trafficking
 as  defined  in  section  135.35  of the penal law or sex trafficking as
 defined in sections 230.34 and 230.34-a of the penal law or  an  offense
 chargeable  as  a  family  offense as described in section eight hundred
 twelve of the family court act or section 530.11 of the criminal  proce-
 dure  law, the criminal justice agency report need only be made within a
 reasonable  time  considering  all  the  circumstances,  including   the
 victim's  physical, emotional and mental condition and family situation.
 For the purposes of this subdivision, "criminal  justice  agency"  shall
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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