A01059 Summary:

BILL NOA01059
 
SAME ASSAME AS S03623
 
SPONSORGunther
 
COSPNSRDinowitz, Schimel, Benedetto, Markey, Jaffee, Weprin, Simanowitz, Englebright, Thiele, Kearns, Montesano, Raia, McDonough, Wozniak, Barrett, Linares, Fahy, Jean-Pierre, Abinanti
 
MLTSPNSRArroyo, Braunstein, Galef, McDonald, Tenney
 
Amd S13.25, Ment Hyg L
 
Requires video cameras to be placed on the entrances/exits of all facilities run by the office for people with developmental disabilities.
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A01059 Actions:

BILL NOA01059
 
01/08/2015referred to health
02/18/2015reference changed to mental health
04/28/2015reported referred to codes
01/06/2016referred to mental health
01/26/2016reported referred to codes
03/08/2016reported referred to ways and means
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A01059 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A1059
 
SPONSOR: Gunther (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to requiring video cameras in facilities operated by the office for people with developmental disabilities   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To allow the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities to place video cameras on the entrance and exit of all facilities.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 Amends the mental hygiene law to provide that, the Office for People with Developmental Disabili- ties, including group homes, residential homes, inpatient facilities, and all other facilities to install video cameras at all entrances and exits; to ensure safety, the Commissioner, in consultation with the State Police, shall develop a system for maintaining such recorded images. Section 2 This act shall take effect immediately.   JUSTIFICATION: This act shall informally be known as "Paula's Law" for Paula Liblick a 61yo OPWDD resident in a group home in the Hudson Valley. Ms. Liblick was assaulted and raped by an intruder to the home, but since no mechanism existed to catalogue visitors to the home, no suspects were identified except for the 2 long term staff at the home. Also, recently the New York Times ran a series of stories entitled "At State Run Homes, Abuse and Impunity" which highlighted many of the prob- lems in the state run homes, facilities and programs. We have cameras recording information on visitors to many public build- ings and institutions in an effort to protect the denizens and property at these sites. So, certainly, the residents and participants of the state run OPWDD programs, who are society's most vulnerable, deserve to be protected in the same manner.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013-14: A1715A reported to Codes/S2000A reported to Finance 2011-12: A7128 referred to Mental Health/S4817 reported to Finance   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eight- ieth day after it shall have become law.
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A01059 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          1059
 
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     January 8, 2015
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of A. GUNTHER, DINOWITZ, SCHIMEL, BENEDETTO, MARKEY,
          JAFFEE, ROBERTS,  WEPRIN,  SIMANOWITZ,  ENGLEBRIGHT,  THIELE,  KEARNS,
          MONTESANO,  RAIA,  McDONOUGH -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ARROYO,
          BRAUNSTEIN, GALEF, TENNEY -- read once and referred to  the  Committee
          on Health
 
        AN  ACT  to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to requiring video
          cameras in facilities operated by the office for people with  develop-
          mental disabilities
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Section 13.25 of the  mental  hygiene  law  is  amended  by
     2  adding a new subdivision (c) to read as follows:
     3    (c) Facilities operated by the office, including group homes, residen-
     4  tial  homes,  inpatient  facilities  and all other facilities under this
     5  title shall install video  cameras  at  all  entrances  and  exits.  The
     6  commissioner,  in  consultation  with  the state police, shall develop a
     7  system for maintaining such recorded images.
     8    § 2.  This act shall take effect on  the  one  hundred  eightieth  day
     9  after it shall have become a law.
 
 
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01666-01-5
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