Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 17, 2023||
referred to codes
Senate Bill S1966
2023-2024 Legislative Session
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Codes Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2023-S1966 (ACTIVE) - Details
2023-S1966 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S1966 SPONSOR: SEPULVEDA TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to individuals engaged in prostitution who are victims of or witnesses to a crime PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To encourage sex workers who are crime victims and witnesses to seek help without fear of being prosecuted for prostitution. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 creates a new Penal Law § 230.45 to provide immunity from prosecution under § 230.00 (prostitution), § 230.03 (prostitution in a school zone), and § 230.40 (permitting prostitution) to victims of and witnesses to crimes under the following circumstances: when the victim or witness reports the crime to a law enforcement agency, seeks or receives health care services, or aids in the investigation of the crime.
2023-S1966 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1966 2023-2024 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 17, 2023 ___________ Introduced by Sen. SEPULVEDA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to individuals engaged in prostitution who are victims of or witnesses to a crime THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 230.45 to read as follows: § 230.45 IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION. THIS SECTION APPLIES WHERE A PERSON IS THE VICTIM OF OR A WITNESS TO A CRIME (INCLUDING AN INDIVIDUAL WHO BECOMES AWARE THAT ANOTHER PERSON IS A VICTIM OF A CRIME), AND HAS ENGAGED OR IS ALLEGED TO HAVE ENGAGED IN AN ACT PROHIBITED UNDER SECTION 230.00, 230.03, OR 230.40 OF THIS CHAP- TER AT OR IN REASONABLE PROXIMITY TO THE TIME OF THE CRIME OR UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES REASONABLY RELATED TO THE CRIME, AND, IN GOOD FAITH, (A) REPORTS THE CRIME TO A CRIMINAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, (B) SEEKS OR RECEIVES HEALTH CARE SERVICES AS A RESULT OF THE CRIME, OR (C) ASSISTS OR ATTEMPTS TO ASSIST IN THE INVESTIGATION OR PROSECUTION OF THE CRIME. NO SUCH VICTIM OR WITNESS TO THE CRIME SHALL BE CHARGED OR PROSECUTED FOR THE OFFENSE UNDER SECTION 230.00, 230.03, OR 230.40 OF THIS CHAPTER. AS USED IN THIS SECTION, "CRIME" SHALL INCLUDE AN ACT THAT REASONABLY APPEARS TO BE A CRIME, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IT RESULTS IN A CONVICTION AS A CRIME. § 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law, and shall apply to any prosecution pending on or after the time it shall take effect. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05238-01-3
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