1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Penal
  4. Part 3: Specific Offenses
  5. Title L: Offenses Against Public Administration
  6. Article 215: Other Offenses Relating to Judicial and Other Proceedings


Section 215.60 Criminal contempt of the legislature

Penal (PEN)

  A person is guilty of criminal contempt of the legislature when, having been duly subpoenaed to attend as a witness before either house of the legislature or before any committee thereof, he:

  1. Fails or refuses to attend without lawful excuse; or

  2. Refuses to be sworn; or

  3. Refuses to answer any material and proper question; or

  4. Refuses, after reasonable notice, to produce books, papers, or documents in his possession or under his control which constitute material and proper evidence.

  Criminal contempt of the legislature is a class A misdemeanor.