A08951 Summary:

BILL NOA08951B
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORPheffer Amato
 
COSPNSRBerger, Buttenschon, Dinowitz
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add §270.45, Pen L
 
Establishes the crime of unlawful use of violence or intimidation in pursuit of political aims; includes blocking of a public road, bridge, transportation facility or tunnel as when, acting with the intent to cause the deliberate blocking of every class of a public road, bridge, transportation facility or tunnel that interferes with traffic and public safety; makes such crime a class A misdemeanor.
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A08951 Actions:

BILL NOA08951B
 
01/30/2024referred to codes
02/02/2024amend (t) and recommit to codes
02/02/2024print number 8951a
03/25/2024amend (t) and recommit to codes
03/25/2024print number 8951b
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A08951 Committee Votes:

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A08951 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A08951 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A8951B
 
SPONSOR: Pheffer Amato
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to establishing the crime of unlawful use of violence or intimidation in pursuit of political aims; blocking of a public road, bridge, transportation facility or tunnel   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the penal law by adding section 270.45 which outlines the crime of unlawful use of violence or intimidation in pursuit of political aims; blocking of a public road, ridge or tunnel. For the purpose of this section, "public road" shall include: a street, avenue, road, alley, lane, highway, boulevard, concourse, parkway, driveway, culvert, sidewalk, crosswalk, boardwalk and viaduct, and every class of public road, square and place. Section 2 sets an effective date, immediately   JUSTIFICATION: The U.S. Constitution enshrines our right to freely assemble which is a beautiful cornerstone of our democracy. However, when those who protest directly hinder the ability for pedestrians and motorists to freely move, impacting their ability to arrive at a location, or seek aid, that is unacceptable. The purposeful blocking of bridges, tunnels and road- ways which results in cars being stopped, sick people not being able to get medical attention, or any attempt to prevent innocent people from getting from Point A to Point B is not appropriate or fair - in fact it is flat out dangerous. This bill would create a new section of law that when a person (or persons) deliberately block a bridge, tunnel or. public road, they are engaging in an act of unlawful use of violence or intimidation in pursuit of political aims, which shall be deemed a class A misdemeanor. While people have the right to protest, they do not have the right to cause fear, panic and put the lives of other people in danger.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately
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A08951 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         8951--B
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 30, 2024
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M. of A. PHEFFER AMATO, BERGER, BUTTENSCHON, DINOWITZ --
          read once  and  referred  to  the  Committee  on  Codes  --  committee
          discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
          to  said  committee  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered
          reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

        AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to establishing the crime  of
          unlawful use of violence or intimidation in pursuit of political aims;
          blocking of a public road, bridge, transportation facility or tunnel
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 270.45  to
     2  read as follows:
     3  §  270.45  Unlawful  use of violence or intimidation in pursuit of poli-
     4             tical aims; blocking of a public road, bridge, transportation
     5             facility or tunnel.
     6    1. A person is guilty of the crime of  unlawful  use  of  violence  or
     7  intimidation  in  pursuit  of political aims; blocking of a public road,
     8  bridge, transportation facility or tunnel when such person acts with the
     9  intent to cause the deliberate blocking of every class of a public road,
    10  bridge, transportation facility or tunnel that interferes  with  traffic
    11  and public safety.
    12    2.  For  the  purposes of this section, the following terms shall have
    13  the following meanings:
    14    (a) "Public road" shall include a street, avenue, road,  alley,  lane,
    15  highway,  boulevard,  concourse,  parkway,  driveway, culvert, sidewalk,
    16  crosswalk, boardwalk and viaduct, and every class of public road, square
    17  and place.
    18    (b) "Transportation facility" means any conveyance, premises, or place
    19  used for or in connection with public passenger transportation,  whether
    20  by  air,  railroad,  motor  vehicle  or  any other method.   It includes
    21  aircraft, watercraft, railroad cars, subway cars, buses, school buses as
    22  defined in section one hundred forty-two of the vehicle and traffic law,
    23  and air, boat, subway, railroad and bus terminals and stations  and  all
    24  appurtenances thereto.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD14088-03-4

        A. 8951--B                          2
 
     1    Unlawful use of violence or intimidation in pursuit of political aims;
     2  blocking  of a public road, bridge, transportation facility or tunnel is
     3  a class A misdemeanor.
     4    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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