|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jun 10, 2021||committed to rules|
|Feb 03, 2021||advanced to third reading|
|Feb 02, 2021||2nd report cal.|
|Feb 01, 2021||1st report cal.207|
|Jan 06, 2021||referred to judiciary|
senate Bill S949
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Rules Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S949 (ACTIVE) - Details
S949 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S949 SPONSOR: GAUGHRAN TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the judiciary law, in relation to excusing prospective jurors who are over the age of 75 or have a health condition putting such person at greater risk for severe illness from COVID-19; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof PURPOSE: This bill gives prospective jurors the ability to opt out of jury duty due to advanced age or underlying medical conditions, which make them susceptible to severe illness from COVID-19. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section One amends section 517 of the judiciary law to provide a process whereby a prospective juror may be excused from jury service due to being aged 75 or older, or upon certification by the individual's doctor
S949 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 949 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 6, 2021 ___________ Introduced by Sen. GAUGHRAN -- 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 excusing prospective jurors who are over the age of 75 or have a health condition putting such person at greater risk for severe illness from COVID-19; 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. Paragraph 1 of subdivision (a) of section 517 of the judi- ciary law, as amended by chapter 380 of the laws of 2019, is amended and a new paragraph 3 is added to read as follows: (1) Except as otherwise provided in [paragraph] PARAGRAPHS two AND THREE of this subdivision, the commissioner of jurors may, in his or her discretion, on the application of a prospective juror who has been summoned to attend, excuse such prospective juror from a part or the whole of the time of jury service or may postpone the time of jury service to a later day during the same or any subsequent term of the court, provided that if the prospective juror is a breastfeeding mother and submits with her application a note from a physician indicating that the prospective juror is breastfeeding, the commissioner shall excuse the prospective juror or postpone the time of jury service. The applica- tion shall be presented to the commissioner at such time and in such manner as he or she shall require, except that an application for post- ponement of the initial date for jury service may be made by telephone. (3) AN APPLICATION TO BE EXCUSED FROM JURY SERVICE SHALL BE GRANTED IF THE PROSPECTIVE JUROR IS OVER THE AGE OF SEVENTY-FIVE OR IF SUCH APPLI- CANT SUBMITS A LETTER WITH THEIR APPLICATION FROM A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER STATING THAT THE PROSPECTIVE JUROR HAS AN UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITION WHICH PUTS SUCH PERSON AT GREATER RISK FOR SEVERE ILLNESS FROM COVID-19. § 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed April 1, 2022.
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