Bill Text: NY A01050 | 2017-2018 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Relates to establishing a court-appointed special advocates program to aid the family court.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 58-15)

Status: (Enrolled) 2018-09-19 - delivered to governor [A01050 Detail]

Download: New_York-2017-A01050-Amended.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                         1050--A
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 10, 2017
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by M. of A. STIRPE, JAFFEE, LUPARDO, O'DONNELL, BLAKE, GOTT-
          FRIED, CAHILL, SKOUFIS,  GOODELL,  FINCH,  PALMESANO,  PAULIN,  STECK,
          ARROYO, DAVILA, PICHARDO, FRIEND, BUCHWALD, MAGNARELLI, SIMON, HAWLEY,
          GUNTHER,  HUNTER,  PEOPLES-STOKES,  WEPRIN, DiPIETRO, QUART, ABINANTI,
          SEAWRIGHT,  OTIS,  BARRETT,  RYAN,  M. G. MILLER,  BENEDETTO,   JENNE,
          ZEBROWSKI,   CUSICK,  L. ROSENTHAL,  FAHY,  ROZIC,  LIFTON,  McDONALD,
          WRIGHT, M. L. MILLER, ORTIZ, CARROLL, BRINDISI, JEAN-PIERRE,  BARCLAY,
          ENGLEBRIGHT,  DILAN,  DE LA ROSA,  WALKER,  D'URSO,  RAMOS, MORINELLO,
          McDONOUGH, WALLACE, TITONE, ERRIGO -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M.  of  A.
          ABBATE,  COOK,  CROUCH, GALEF, GIGLIO, HEVESI, MONTESANO, PRETLOW, RA,
          RIVERA, WOERNER -- read once and referred to the Committee on  Judici-
          ary  --  recommitted  to the Committee on Judiciary in accordance with
          Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
          reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
        AN ACT to amend the judiciary law, in relation  to  the  court-appointed
          special advocates program
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Subdivision 2 of  section  212  of  the  judiciary  law  is
     2  amended by adding a new paragraph (w) to read as follows:
     3    (w)  Adopt  rules and regulations standardizing use of court-appointed
     4  special advocate (CASA) programs in this state and governing the  struc-
     5  ture, administration and operation of such programs.
     6    § 2. The judiciary law is amended by adding a new article 21-C to read
     7  as follows:
     8                                ARTICLE 21-C
     9                  COURT-APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES PROGRAM
    10  Section 849-l. Appointment.
    11          849-m. Confidentiality.
    12    §  849-l.  Appointment.  A  person employed by, or volunteering for, a
    13  court-appointed special advocate (CASA) program shall  not  be  eligible
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD04741-08-8

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     1  for  appointment  by  a  family  court  to assist such court unless such
     2  program is in compliance with the rules and  regulations  of  the  chief
     3  administrator  of the courts adopted pursuant to paragraph (w) of subdi-
     4  vision  two  of  section  two  hundred  twelve of this chapter, and such
     5  program has been approved by the chief  administrator.  Such  person  or
     6  volunteer  so  appointed  shall  only  exercise the functions and duties
     7  specifically authorized by the court.
     8    § 849-m. Confidentiality. Each CASA program shall safeguard the confi-
     9  dentiality of all information and material in accordance with applicable
    10  state and federal laws, rules and regulations and, to  this  end,  shall
    11  ensure that all of its board members, officers, employees and volunteers
    12  are trained in, and comply with, such laws, rules and regulations.
    13    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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