Prohibits the disclosure of contact information of seniors who visit senior centers.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to the privacy of contact information of senior center members
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Prohibits the disclosure of contact information of seniors who visit senior centers.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Privacy of senior visitor records definition: Senior Center: shall mean facilities operated by an areas office of the aging or operated by an entity that has contracted with office or municipality to provide services to senior citizens on a regular basis including, but not limited to meals, recreation and counseling.
Contact information: shall mean name, address and phone of senior citizens.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill will expand the type of information that is exempt from disclosure under to include the name, address, telephone number, or email address of anyone who is a member of or enrolled in a program at a senior center that a public agency administers or sponsors.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A5379 - 2012- referred to aging
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5389 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 16, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to the privacy of contact information of senior center members THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The elder law is amended by adding a new section 224 to read as follows: S 224. PRIVACY OF SENIOR CENTER VISITOR RECORDS. 1. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS SECTION: (A) "SENIOR CENTER" SHALL MEAN FACILITIES OPERATED BY AN AREA OFFICE OF THE AGING OR OPERATED BY AN ENTITY THAT HAS CONTRACTED WITH THE OFFICE OR MUNICIPALITY TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO SENIOR CITIZENS ON A REGU- LAR BASIS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO MEALS, RECREATION AND COUN- SELING. (B) "CONTACT INFORMATION" SHALL MEAN NAME, ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER OF SENIOR CITIZENS. 2. CONFIDENTIALITY OF RECORDS. NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF ANY OTHER LAW, CONTACT INFORMATION OF SENIORS WHO VISIT A SENIOR CENTER SHALL NOT BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, NOR SUBJECT TO DISCLOSURE UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAW PURSUANT TO ARTICLE SIX OF THE PUBLIC OFFI- CERS LAW, AND NO PUBLIC ENTITY OR EMPLOYEE, OFFICER OR AGENT THEREOF SHALL DISCLOSE SUCH INFORMATION. 3. EXCEPTION. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PRECLUDE THE DISCLOSURE OF CONTACT INFORMATION THAT MAY BE OBTAINED AND, IF OTHERWISE ADMISSIBLE, BE USED IN A CIVIL COURT OR OTHER CIVIL ADMINISTRATIVE OR ADJUDICATORY BODY IN ANY ACTION OR PROCEEDING PENDING THEREIN WHEN SUCH ACTION OR PROCEEDING RELATES DIRECTLY TO THE ATTENDANCE OF A SENIOR CENTER. 4. VIOLATIONS. ANY PERSON WHO KNOWINGLY RELEASES OR PERMITS THE DISCLOSURE OF THE CONTACT INFORMATION THAT IS CONFIDENTIAL UNDER THIS SECTION TO A PERSON OR ENTITY NOT ENTITLED TO RECEIVE SUCH INFORMATION SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A CIVIL PENALTY OF UP TO FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00220-01-3