Bill S1403-2013

Relates to lever voting machines

Relates to lever voting machines.






TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to lever voting machines; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To provide a domestic abuse toll-free hotline for teens and require all New York State high schools to hold an assembly addressing the dangers of domestic violence and providing information for the toll-free hotline.


Section 459-h of the social services law is renumbered section 459-1, and a new section, 459-h, is added which would establish a toll-free domestic abuse hotline for teens. The education law is amended by adding a new section 3235, which would establish a mandatory domestic abuse assembly.

JUSTIFICATION: Violence in adolescent relationships is a growing problem in society, and may result in long term trauma for the victims. The years during adolescence are the time when patterns of abuse develop, violence in dating relationships may be a precursor for abuse in adult relationships. Teens must be educated about the dangers of domestic violence during these formative years.

A recent report on youth domestic violence indicated that one in five or 30,000 teenage girls in New York City are victims of dating violence. Another study has shown that nearly 251 of female students have been victims of forced sexual intercourse by grade 12. A large scale survey of the college population has also shown that one in four women have been victims of rape or attempted rape. In New York City alone there has been a 701 increase in adolescent calls to the City's Domestic Violence Hotline since 1998.

Abuse is not only a physical assault on the victim, many adolescents are victims of verbal abuse by their partner as well. Studies show that nearly half of all adolescent girls report verbal abuse in their relationship. Proper education must be implemented to address the many forms and dangers of domestic violence. Adolescents must also be educated about the many avenues they may take for assistance in their abusive relationship.

This legislation will provide adolescents with a toll-free hotline, which would be available 24 hours a day to assist victims or potential victims of teen domestic abuse. Additionally, an assembly addressing the dangers of domestic violence would be required in each high school across the state, The assembly would also supply the students with the toll-free number of the domestic abuse hotline for teens.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2004:8.10029 - Referred to Children and Families 2005-06:A.926 - Referred to Children and Families 2007-08:A.3768 - Referred to Children and Families 2009-10:8.7630-A - Held in Children and Families 2011-12:5.983 - Died in Committee


EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that section two of this act shall apply to any school year commencing at least thirty days after such effective date.


STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1403 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. MONTGOMERY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to lever voting machines THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 15-114 of the election law is renumbered subdivision 3 and a new subdivision 2 is added to read as follows: 2. LEVER VOTING MACHINES SHALL REMAIN LOCKED AGAINST VOTING FOR A PERIOD OF THIRTY DAYS OR UNTIL FIFTEEN DAYS BEFORE THE NEXT ELECTION, IF SUCH MACHINES ARE NEEDED FOR USE AT SUCH NEXT ELECTION. PROVIDED HOWEVER THAT A MACHINE MAY BE UNLOCKED IF A DISCREPANCY DISCOVERED IN THE RECAN- VASS OF VOTING MACHINES REQUIRED BY THIS CHAPTER MAKES IT NECESSARY TO EXAMINE THE MACHINE TO DETERMINE IF IT HAS MALFUNCTIONED AND PROVIDED FURTHER THAT A MACHINE MAY BE OPENED AND ALL THE DATA AND FIGURES THERE- IN EXAMINED UPON THE ORDER OF ANY COURT OR JUDGE OF COMPETENT JURISDIC- TION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that the amendments to section 15-114 of the election law made by section one of this act shall not affect the expiration of such section and shall be deemed to expire therewith.


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