senate Bill S949

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates 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

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Rules Committee


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  • Delivered to Governor
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Actions

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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

Votes

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Feb 2, 2021 - Judiciary committee Vote

S949
15
0
committee
15
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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S949 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1879
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Judiciary Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §517, Judy L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S8636, A10710

S949 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Excuses 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 from service.

S949 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

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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