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A05424 Summary:

BILL NOA05424
 
SAME ASSAME AS S00748
 
SPONSORCrespo (MS)
 
COSPNSRSolages, D'Urso, Pichardo, Seawright, Darling, Reyes, Rosenthal L
 
MLTSPNSRBarrett, Blake, Braunstein, Davila, Hevesi, Hyndman, Jaffee, Jean-Pierre, Joyner, Raia, Simon, Simotas, Steck
 
Amd 517, Judy L
 
Provides an exemption from jury duty for breastfeeding women; allows that such breastfeeding mother's jury duty shall be postponed up to two years after the date on which such service otherwise is to commence.
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A05424 Actions:

BILL NOA05424
 
02/12/2019referred to judiciary
05/30/2019reported
05/30/2019advanced to third reading cal.518
06/04/2019substituted by s748
 S00748 AMEND= MONTGOMERY
 01/09/2019REFERRED TO JUDICIARY
 02/06/2019COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO WOMEN'S ISSUES
 02/11/20191ST REPORT CAL.136
 02/12/20192ND REPORT CAL.
 02/26/2019ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
 02/27/2019PASSED SENATE
 02/27/2019DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
 02/27/2019referred to judiciary
 06/04/2019substituted for a5424
 06/04/2019ordered to third reading cal.518
 06/04/2019passed assembly
 06/04/2019returned to senate
 10/11/2019DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
 10/21/2019SIGNED CHAP.380
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A05424 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A5424
 
SPONSOR: Crespo (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the judiciary law, in relation to providing an exemption from jury duty for breastfeeding women   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Provides exemption from jury duty for women six months pregnant, facing complications with their pregnancy and women nursing a child.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1: Paragraph 2 of subdivision of section 517 of the judiciary law, as added by chapter 86 of the laws of 1995, is amended to read as follows: Subsection la: provided that if the prospective juror is a breastfeeding mother and submits with her application a note from a physician indicat- ing that the prospective juror is a breastfeeding, the commissioner shall excuse the prospective juror or postpone the time of jury service. Subsection 2: An application for postponement of jury service shall be granted hereunder provided: (I) such service has not already been post- poned or excused, (ii) the application is made at such time and in such manor as the commissioner of jurors requires, and (iii) the postponement is to a date certain when the court is in session not more than six months after the date on which such service otherwise is to commence and such date is selected by the prospective juror, provided that if the prospective juror is a breast feeding mother, the postponement date may be a dated certain up to two years after the date on which such service otherwise is to commence. Section 2: This act shall take effect immediately.   JUSTIFICATION: Jury duty exerts its demands on all who are called to serve and perhaps even more on expecting mothers, women facing complications with their pregnancy and women who are breast feeding their infants. In an effort to protect the health of pregnant women and their unborn child, it is imperative that a mechanism is created that allows a physician to explain why an excuse from jury duty should be accepted and facilitated. Many women have decided to breast feed their infants as a matter of promoting better health of their new-born based on the uncontradictable evidence which shows breast feeding as superior nutrition for the devel- opment of the infant's brain and immune system. Jury duty interferes with these efforts at a critical time in the devel- opment of a child's cognitive and cerebral formation. No form of public service should override a mother's primary responsibility and care of their infant child. This legislation provides expecting mothers and new mothers with the ability to be excused from jury duty per the written notice by a physi- cian supporting the reason for excuse. This legislation is a common sense approach to helping mother and child at a critical time during pregnancy and infancy.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.6793A of 2015 referred to judiciary. A06111 Actions: 02/23/2017 referred to judiciary 05/22/2017 amend and recommit to judiciary 05/22/2017 print number 6111a 05/25/2017 amend and recommit to judiciary 05/25/2017 print number 6111b 01/03/2018 referred to judiciary   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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