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A09343 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A9343

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the executive law, in relation to
changing the date the justice center shall report by and the contents
of such report

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This bill enacts reforms to increase the reporting requirements of the
Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs
(Justice Center).

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Requires the Justice Center to submit a report to the
Governor and the Legislature on or before January first and July first
annually.

Section 2: Requires the Justice Center to update its website on a
weekly basis with the number of reports received, the number of active
administrative and criminal cases, and the number of closed
investigations.

Section 3: Makes changes to current law to require a bi-annual report,
and increases the requirements of what must be included in such
reports to include the current number of active criminal
investigations, the number of criminal convictions to date and the
names of facilities providing the suspect care.

Section 4: States the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

In 2012, the State created the Justice Center in order to ensure
stronger oversight of the State programs and facilities that provide
assistance for individuals with special needs. The original
legislation that created the Justice Center (Chapter 501 of 2012)
included reporting requirements that were intended to promote
transparency, and to inform the public on the progress in assisting
individuals with special needs.

However, recent articles have made it clear that the reporting
requirements are not strong enough to keep the public informed on the
activities of the Justice Center. The Justice Center has a
responsibility to the public, and to the families of individuals with
special needs, to, provide more up-to-date reporting of its
activities, and to make it clear that the Justice Center is successful
in carrying out its mission. That is why this legislation would
increase the reporting requirements on the Justice Center to require
bi-annual reports and weekly updates on the Justice Center website
(http://www.justicecenter.ny.gov/).

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:


Minimal costs for increased reporting requirements.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.
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