senate Bill S792A

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to audio-visual coverage of judicial proceedings; and repeals section 218 of the judiciary law and section 52 of the civil rights law relating thereto

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Finance Committee


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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 14, 2022 reported and committed to finance
Mar 07, 2022 print number 792a
Mar 07, 2022 amend (t) and recommit to judiciary
Jan 05, 2022 referred to judiciary
Jan 06, 2021 referred to judiciary

Votes

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Mar 14, 2022 - Judiciary committee Vote

S792A
11
0
committee
11
Aye
0
Nay
4
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Judiciary Committee Vote: Mar 14, 2022

S792 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9592
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Judiciary Law
Laws Affected:
Rpld & add §218, amd §751, Judy L; rpld §52, Civ Rts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A1276
2013-2014: A730
2015-2016: A1818
2017-2018: A4934
2019-2020: S5039, A4216

S792 - Summary

Relates to audio-visual coverage of judicial proceedings.

S792 - Sponsor Memo

S792 - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                    792
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                                (PREFILED)
 
                              January 6, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary
 
 AN  ACT  to  amend  the  judiciary  law,  in  relation  to  audio-visual
   recordings  in the courtroom; to repeal section 218 of such law relat-
   ing thereto; and providing for the  repeal  of  such  provisions  upon
   expiration thereof
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Section 218 of the judiciary law  is  REPEALED  and  a  new
 section 218 is added to read as follows:
   §  218.  AUDIO-VISUAL  COVERAGE  OF  JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS. 1. AUTHORI-
 ZATION.   NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF  SECTION  FIFTY-TWO  OF  THE
 CIVIL  RIGHTS  LAW  AND  SUBJECT  TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION, THE
 CHIEF JUDGE OF THE COURT OF APPEALS OR HIS OR HER DESIGNEE MAY AUTHORIZE
 AN EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAM  IN  WHICH  PRESIDING  TRIAL  JUDGES,  IN  THEIR
 DISCRETION, MAY PERMIT AUDIO-VISUAL COVERAGE OF CIVIL AND CRIMINAL COURT
 PROCEEDINGS, INCLUDING TRIALS.
   2. DEFINITIONS. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION:
   (A) "ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE" SHALL MEAN THE ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE OF EACH
 JUDICIAL  DISTRICT;  THE  ADMINISTRATIVE  JUDGE  OF  NASSAU COUNTY OR OF
 SUFFOLK COUNTY; THE ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE OF THE CIVIL COURT OF THE  CITY
 OF  NEW  YORK  OR  OF THE CRIMINAL COURT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK; OR THE
 PRESIDING JUDGE OF THE COURT OF CLAIMS.
   (B) "AUDIO-VISUAL COVERAGE" SHALL MEAN THE ELECTRONIC BROADCASTING  OR
 OTHER TRANSMISSION TO THE PUBLIC OF RADIO OR TELEVISION SIGNALS FROM THE
 COURTROOM,  THE  RECORDING  OF SOUND OR LIGHT IN THE COURTROOM FOR LATER
 TRANSMISSION OR REPRODUCTION, OR THE TAKING OF STILL OR MOTION  PICTURES
 IN THE COURTROOM BY THE NEWS MEDIA.
   (C) "NEWS MEDIA" SHALL MEAN ANY NEWS REPORTING OR NEWS GATHERING AGEN-
 CY  AND  ANY  EMPLOYEE  OR  AGENT ASSOCIATED WITH SUCH AGENCY, INCLUDING
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

S792A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9592
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Judiciary Law
Laws Affected:
Rpld & add §218, amd §751, Judy L; rpld §52, Civ Rts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A1276
2013-2014: A730
2015-2016: A1818
2017-2018: A4934
2019-2020: S5039, A4216

S792A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to audio-visual coverage of judicial proceedings.

S792A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S792A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  792--A
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                                (PREFILED)
 
                              January 6, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary  --  recommitted
   to the Committee on Judiciary in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8
   --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended
   and recommitted to said committee
 
 AN ACT to amend the judiciary law, in relation to audio-visual  coverage
   of  judicial  proceedings;  and to repeal section 218 of the judiciary
   law and section 52 of the civil rights law relating thereto
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1.  Section  218  of  the judiciary law is REPEALED and a new
 section 218 is added to read as follows:
   § 218. AUDIO-VISUAL COVERAGE OF JUDICIAL  PROCEEDINGS.  1.    AUTHORI-
 ZATION.  SUBJECT TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE JUDGE OR JUSTICE PRESIDING OVER
 THE PROCEEDING TO EXERCISE  SOUND  DISCRETION  TO  PROHIBIT  FILMING  OR
 PHOTOGRAPHING  OF  PARTICULAR  PARTICIPANTS  IN  JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS TO
 ENSURE SAFETY AND THE FAIR ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE,  AUDIO-VISUAL  AND
 STILL  PHOTOGRAPHY COVERAGE OF PUBLIC JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS IN THE APPEL-
 LATE AND TRIAL COURTS OF THIS STATE SHALL BE ALLOWED IN ACCORDANCE  WITH
 THIS SECTION.
   2.  EQUIPMENT  AND  PERSONNEL. THE FOLLOWING SHALL BE PERMITTED IN ANY
 TRIAL OR APPELLATE COURT PROCEEDING:
   (A) AT LEAST TWO COMPACT VIDEO CAMERAS, EACH OPERATED BY NO MORE  THAN
 ONE CAMERA PERSON. ADDITIONAL PERMITTED CAMERAS SHALL BE WITHIN THE SOLE
 DISCRETION  AND  AUTHORITY  OF  THE  JUDGE OR JUSTICE PRESIDING OVER THE
 PROCEEDING.
   (B) NOT MORE THAN TWO STILL PHOTOGRAPHERS, USING  NOT  MORE  THAN  TWO
 STILL CAMERAS EACH.
   (C)  NOT  MORE  THAN  ONE  AUDIO  SYSTEM FOR RADIO BROADCAST PURPOSES.
 AUDIO PICKUP FOR ALL MEDIA PURPOSES SHALL BE PROVIDED BY EXISTING  AUDIO
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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