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A10425 Summary:

BILL NOA10425A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S08874
 
SPONSORPaulin
 
COSPNSRTitone, Hunter, Richardson, De La Rosa, Crespo, Simon, Blake, Jaffee, Galef, D'Urso, Mosley, Gottfried, Abbate, Ortiz, Rivera, Crouch, Giglio, McDonough, Sepulveda, Quart, Bichotte, Weprin, Fernandez
 
MLTSPNSRCook, Hooper, Jean-Pierre, Morinello, Walsh
 
Add 206-f, Gen Bus L
 
Requires certain lodging facilities to make available information concerning services for human trafficking victims.
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A10425 Actions:

BILL NOA10425A
 
04/20/2018referred to codes
05/01/2018reported
05/03/2018advanced to third reading cal.854
05/14/2018passed assembly
05/14/2018delivered to senate
05/14/2018REFERRED TO CODES
06/04/2018recalled from senate
06/04/2018RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
06/04/2018vote reconsidered - restored to third reading
06/04/2018amended on third reading (t) 10425a
06/13/2018repassed assembly
06/13/2018returned to senate
06/13/2018COMMITTED TO RULES
06/19/2018SUBSTITUTED FOR S8874
06/19/20183RD READING CAL.2012
06/19/2018PASSED SENATE
06/19/2018RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
08/13/2018delivered to governor
08/15/2018signed chap.190
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A10425 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A10425A
 
SPONSOR: Paulin (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general business law, in relation to information concerning services for human trafficking victims   PURPOSE: To require lodging facilities to provide information concerning services for human trafficking victims in certain public spaces of the lodging facilities   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the general business law by adding a new section 206-f to provide that every keeper of a lodging facility make available in plain view in the public restrooms, the individual guest rooms, and near the public entrance or other conspicuous place in plain sight of the guests and employees, where information is customarily displayed, infor- mational cards developed by (i) the office of temporary and disability assistance in consultation with the New York state interagency task force on human trafficking; or (ii) the United States Department of Homeland Security; or (iii) the lodging facility. All informational cards shall only contain information concerning services for human traf- ficking victims and shall prominently include the national human traf- ficking hotline telephone number. Additionally, the office of temporary and disability assistance shall develop a notice which shall include the national human trafficking hotline telephone number, to be made avail- able to lodging facilities to post on a voluntary basis. Lodging facility is defined as any inn, hotel, motel, motor court or other establishment that provides lodging to transient guests, but shall not include those establishments treated as a dwelling unit or ones located within a building that has five or less rooms for rent or hire and is occupied as a residence for the owner. Section 2 provides the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: We know that human trafficking is a $32 billion industry. We also have learned that young girls and boys are being victimized in our state, in our neighborhoods, whether urban, suburban, or rural, and regardless of socioeconomic level. Yet even though trafficking victims may be among us, we do not see them. According to the Polaris Project, trafficking networks often rely on legitimate businesses, such as hotels, to sustain their illegal oper- ations. Hotels may be used to house victims while in transit or for the purchase and sale of victims' forced services, with traffickers running their business out of hotel rooms. The traffickers' ability to pay for rooms in cash or to change rooms or hotel locations on a frequent basis can make it easy for traffickers to avoid detection and purchasers of sex can take advantage of the anonymity that buying sex in a hotel room can provide. According to ECPAT-USA, service providers and law enforce- ment agencies report when asked that almost every single trafficked victim with whom they came in contact had been exploited at one point in a hotel. Because hotels are a known location for exploitation of victims, hotels are an ideal location for presentation of information about services for victims. Information regarding human trafficking services can inform both the victims and other hotel guests about the availability of services for human trafficking victims. This bill will provide information about services for human trafficking services on informational cards in public areas in hotels including in the public restrooms, the individual guest rooms, and near the public entrance or other conspicuous place in plain sight of the guests and employees. For some victims, this information may be the only opportu- nity to learn about services available to them. Additionally, because of the discreet size of the informational cards, it may be possible for a victim to take a card unnoticed and use the card to call the hotline for help at a later time. States have begun to understand the importance of utilizing the hotel industry to end human trafficking. Legislation to post a notice regard- ing human trafficking, similar to this bill, was introduced in Califor- nia earlier this year. Georgia enacted a law in 2013 requiring the post- ing of notices in hotels as well as bars, adult entertainment businesses, bus stations, truck stops and airports, among other venues. With this legislation, the hotel industry can assume the central role it naturally plays not only in responding to modern day slavery but also in preventing it. We must take this next step towards helping human traf- ficking victims escape their lives of violence and enslavement.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.
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A10425 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                        10425--A
                                                                Cal. No. 854
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     April 20, 2018
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M. of A. PAULIN, TITONE, HUNTER, RICHARDSON, DE LA ROSA,
          CRESPO,  SIMON,  BLAKE,  JAFFEE,  GALEF,  D'URSO,  MOSLEY,  GOTTFRIED,
          ABBATE,  ORTIZ,  RIVERA,  CROUCH,  GIGLIO, McDONOUGH, QUART, BICHOTTE,
          WEPRIN -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.  COOK,  HOOPER,  JEAN-PIERRE,
          MORINELLO,  WALSH  -- read once and referred to the Committee on Codes
          -- advanced to a third reading, passed by Assembly  and  delivered  to
          the Senate, recalled from the Senate, vote reconsidered, bill amended,
          ordered reprinted, retaining its place on the order of third reading
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the general business law, in relation to information
          concerning services for human trafficking victims
 
          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  206-f to read as follows:
     3    §   206-f.  Information  concerning  services  for  human  trafficking
     4  victims. 1. For purposes of this section, "lodging facility" shall  mean
     5  any  inn, hotel, motel, motor court or other establishment that provides
     6  lodging to transient guests. Such term shall not include  an  establish-
     7  ment  treated  as a dwelling unit for the purposes of any state or local
     8  law or regulation or an establishment located within a building that has
     9  five or less rooms for rent or hire and that is actually occupied  as  a
    10  residence by the proprietor of such establishment.
    11    2.  Every  keeper  of a lodging facility shall make available in plain
    12  view and in a conspicuous place and manner in the public restrooms,  and
    13  in the individual guest rooms, and near the public entrance or in anoth-
    14  er  conspicuous  location  in clear view of the public and the employees
    15  where similar information  is  customarily  displayed  in  such  lodging
    16  facility,  informational cards developed by: (i) the office of temporary
    17  and disability assistance in consultation with the New York state inter-
    18  agency task force on  human  trafficking;  or  (ii)  the  United  States
    19  Department  of  Homeland  Security;  or  (iii) the lodging facility. All
    20  informational cards shall only contain information  concerning  services
    21  for human trafficking victims and shall prominently include the national
    22  human trafficking hotline telephone number.  The office of temporary and
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD15495-06-8

        A. 10425--A                         2
 
     1  disability assistance in consultation with the New York state interagen-
     2  cy  task  force on human trafficking, shall develop a notice which shall
     3  include the national human trafficking hotline telephone number,  to  be
     4  made available to lodging facilities to post on a voluntary basis.
     5    §  2.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
     6  have become a law.
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