Requires that notice be given to correctional facility annexes and special housing units upon closure.
BILL NUMBER: S6165
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the correction law, in relation to closure of facilities
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : To ensure that special housing units and correctional facility annexes receive the same 12-month notification by the commissioner of corrections that general facility closures receive.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : Section 1 amends section 79-a of the correction law, as amended by section 1 of part H of the Chapter 56 of the laws of 2009 to read as follows:
Before the closure of any correctional facility, which for purposes of this section shall include a correctional facility annex, or any special housing unit established to confine inmates in accordance with the provisions of subdivision six of section one hundred thirty-seven of this chapter.
Section 2 provides that the act shall take effect immediately.
JUSTIFICATION : Under current law, the commissioner of corrections must give notice of a correctional facility closure 12 months prior to such closure, and provide for a plan of adaptive reuse of the facility 6 months prior to closure. Through an unforeseen loop-hole in the law, this notification is not applied to correctional facility annexes and special housing units upon closure. This legislation would correct this inequity to make sure that adequate time is being provided for these corrections employees, their families, their communities and the local economies when annexes, special units are being closed.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2009: New
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS : Undetermined at this time.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6165 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE September 10, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. AUBERTINE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the correction law, in relation to closure of facilities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The opening paragraph of section 79-a of the correction law, as amended by section 1 of part H of chapter 56 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: Before the closure of any correctional facility, WHICH FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION SHALL INCLUDE A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY ANNEX, OR ANY SPECIAL HOUSING UNIT ESTABLISHED TO CONFINE INMATES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION SIX OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-SEVEN OF THIS CHAPTER, for reasons other than those set forth in paragraph (a) of subdivision eight of section forty-five of this chapter, the commission- er shall take the following actions: S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14560-01-9