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A06834 Summary:

COSPNSRTitone, Harris, Hunter, Richardson, De La Rosa, Crespo, Simon, Jaffee, Galef, D'Urso, Blake, Mosley, Gottfried, Abbate, Ortiz, Rivera, Crouch, Giglio, McDonough, Sepulveda, Quart
MLTSPNSRCook, Hooper, Jean-Pierre, Morinello, Walsh
Add 205, Gen Bus L
Relates to human trafficking awareness and training; requires employees of lodging facilities to have training in the recognition of a human trafficking victim; requires the division of criminal justice services, the office of temporary and disability assistance and the New York state interagency task force to approve a human trafficking recognition training program; requires the posting of information on the national human trafficking hotline telephone number.
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A06834 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     March 21, 2017
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  PAULIN,  TITONE, HARRIS, HUNTER, RICHARDSON,
          QUART  --  Multi-Sponsored  by  -- M. of A. COOK, HOOPER, JEAN-PIERRE,
          MORINELLO, WALSH -- read once and referred to the Committee on Econom-
          ic Development -- recommitted to the Committee on Economic Development
          in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2  --  committee  discharged,
          bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as amended and recommitted to said
        AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to human traffick-
          ing awareness and training
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new section
     2  205 to read as follows:
     3    § 205. Human trafficking awareness and training. 1.  Human trafficking
     4  recognition training program.  a. For purposes of this section, "lodging
     5  facility"  shall mean any inn, hotel, motel, motor court or other estab-
     6  lishment that provides lodging to transient guests. Such term shall  not
     7  include  an establishment treated as a dwelling unit for the purposes of
     8  any state or local law or regulation or an establishment located  within
     9  a  building  that  has  five  or less rooms for rent or hire and that is
    10  actually occupied as a residence by the proprietor  of  such  establish-
    11  ment.
    12    b.  Every  lodging facility shall require all employees who are likely
    13  to interact or come into contact with guests to undergo  a  human  traf-
    14  ficking recognition training program to provide training in the recogni-
    15  tion  of  a  human trafficking victim as defined in section four hundred
    16  eighty-three-aa of the social services law. Such training program  shall
    17  be  approved by the division of criminal justice services and the office
    18  of temporary and disability assistance in consultation with the New York
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  state interagency task force on human trafficking. The training  program
     2  may  be  developed  by a federal, state, or non-profit organization, and
     3  may be incorporated as part of the lodging facility's existing  training
     4  programs  or may be provided by organizations or providers identified by
     5  the commissioner of the division of criminal  justice  services  or  the
     6  commissioner  of  the  office  of  temporary  and disability assistance,
     7  provided that the training includes all  of  the  requirements  of  this
     8  section.  Approved training programs may be made available through meth-
     9  ods including, but not limited to, in-person instruction, electronic and
    10  video communication, or online programs.
    11    c.  Any human trafficking recognition training program approved by the
    12  division of criminal justice services and the office  of  temporary  and
    13  disability assistance in consultation with the New York state interagen-
    14  cy  task  force  on  human trafficking as required in this section shall
    15  address no less than the following issues:
    16    (i) the nature of human trafficking;
    17    (ii) how human trafficking is defined in law;
    18    (iii) how to identify victims of human trafficking;
    19    (iv) relief and recovery options for survivors; and
    20    (v) social and legal services available to victims.
    21    d. The commissioner of the division of criminal justice  services  and
    22  the  commissioner  of  the office of temporary and disability assistance
    23  shall make available no more than six months after the effective date of
    24  this section a list of approved human trafficking  recognition  programs
    25  for use by a lodging facility.
    26    e. The training shall take place on the premises of the lodging facil-
    27  ity and shall be considered compensable time.
    28    2. Record keeping requirements of human trafficking recognition train-
    29  ing.  Every keeper of each lodging facility shall maintain records indi-
    30  cating that each employee required to undergo an  approved  human  traf-
    31  ficking  recognition  training  program  pursuant  to  this  section has
    32  completed such training.   Such records shall be kept  on  file  by  the
    33  lodging facility for the period during which the employee is employed by
    34  the lodging facility and for one year after such employment ends.
    35    3.  Posting  of  notice  concerning  services  for  human  trafficking
    36  victims. Every keeper of a lodging facility shall post in plain view and
    37  in a conspicuous place and manner in the public restrooms, and, if prac-
    38  ticable, in the individual guest rooms, and near the public entrance  or
    39  in  another  conspicuous  location  in  clear view of the public and the
    40  employees where similar notices are customarily posted of  such  lodging
    41  facility,  a  notice developed by the office of temporary and disability
    42  assistance in consultation with the  New  York  state  interagency  task
    43  force  on human trafficking which shall include the national human traf-
    44  ficking hotline telephone number. Such notice shall also  be  displayed,
    45  if  practicable,  on  the  internet  reservation website of such lodging
    46  facility or on the internet platform of a room remarketer, as defined in
    47  paragraph eight of subdivision (c) of section eleven hundred one of  the
    48  tax law.
    49    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    50  it  shall have become a law; provided however, that effective immediate-
    51  ly, the commissioner of the division of criminal  justice  services  and
    52  the  commissioner  of  the office of temporary and disability assistance
    53  may make regulations and take other actions necessary to implement  this
    54  act on its effective date.
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