Bill S6809A-2013

Requires vehicles used to transport recipients of services from a provider, subject to regulation by the office for people with developmental disabilities, to be equipped with video cameras

Requires vehicles used to transport recipients of services from a provider, subject to regulation by the office for people with developmental disabilities, to be equipped with video cameras.

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Actions

  • Jun 5, 2014: PRINT NUMBER 6809A
  • Jun 5, 2014: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • Mar 12, 2014: REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

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BILL NUMBER:S6809A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to requiring surveillance cameras in transport vehicles for people receiving services from the office for people with developmental disabilities

PURPOSE: This legislation would require installation of surveillance cameras with sound capability in all state and voluntary agency vehicles used by providers who are certified, licensed, funded or operated to transport children or adults with mental or physical disabilities.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The Mental Hygiene Law is amended by adding a new section 16.25 to require installation of surveillance cameras with sound capability in all state and voluntary agency vehicles used by providers who are certified, licensed, funded or operated to transport children or adults with mental or physical disabilities.

JUSTIFICATION: Protection of vulnerable populations must be consistent and enforceable. To help insure the health and well-being of individuals with mental or physical disabilities, surveillance cameras should be installed in all state and voluntary agency vehicles that provide transportation of children and adults with mental and physical disabilities.

This legislation would be a critical component of that initiative.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6809--A IN SENATE March 12, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. MARCELLINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to requiring surveillance cameras in transport vehicles for people receiving services from the office for people with developmental disabilities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new section 16.25 to read as follows: S 16.25 VEHICLE SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ADOPT REGULATIONS REQUIRING THE USE OF ONE OR MORE VIDEO SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS WITH SOUND CAPABILITIES IN ALL VEHICLES USED FOR THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF TRANSPORTING SERVICE RECIPIENTS TO PROGRAMMING, ACTIVITIES OR SERVICES BY FACILITIES, PROVIDERS AND PROGRAMS OPERATED, LICENSED, CERTIFIED, AUTHORIZED OR FUNDED BY THE OFFICE. FACILITIES, PROVIDERS OR PROGRAMS MAY ONLY TRANSPORT A SERVICE RECIPIENT IN A VEHICLE WITHOUT SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS IN EMERGENCY CIRCUM- STANCES WHEN SUCH A VEHICLE WITH SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS IS UNAVAILABLE AND LACK OF TRANSPORTATION MAY AFFECT THE HEALTH OR SAFETY OF A SERVICE RECIPIENT. REGULATIONS SHALL SPECIFY THE PERIOD OF TIME FOR WHICH SUCH RECORDINGS SHALL BE MAINTAINED AND STORED, WHICH SHALL BE NO LESS THAN FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE OF CREATION, AND SHALL OUTLINE THE MANNER IN WHICH RECORDINGS SHALL BE MAINTAINED AND STORED. REGULATIONS SHALL ALSO REQUIRE THAT THE FIELD OF OBSERVATION OF SUCH SURVEILLANCE CAMERA OR CAMERAS COVER THE ENTIRETY OF THE INTERIOR OF THE TRANSPORTATION VEHI- CLE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.

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