A01059 Summary:

BILL NO    A01059 

SAME AS    SAME AS S03623

SPONSOR    Gunther (MS)

COSPNSR    Dinowitz, Schimel, Benedetto, Markey, Jaffee, Weprin, Simanowitz,
           Englebright, Thiele, Kearns, Montesano, Raia, McDonough, Wozniak,
           Barrett, Linares, Fahy

MLTSPNSR   Arroyo, 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 NO    A01059 

01/08/2015 referred to health
02/18/2015 reference changed to mental health
04/28/2015 reported referred to codes
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A01059 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A01059 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A1059

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
Disabilities, 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 problems in the state run homes, facilities and programs.

We have cameras recording information on visitors to many public
buildings 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
eightieth day after it shall have become law.
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A01059 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         1059

                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                    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    S 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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