By Kevin Czerwinski, Office of New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin
Jul. 12, 2017: Local Assemblywoman Amy Paulin authored 16 bills this session that passed both the Assembly and the Senate, including a bill to end child marriage, which has already been signed into law. Here is a closer look at the legislation.
Signed into Law
Chapter 35 Ending Child Marriage
Prohibits the marriage of minors under the age of 17 and strengthens the process to obtain court approval for marriage of minors at least 17 but under 18 years of age.
Awaiting the Governor’s Signature
A.2093-B/S.5273-A Falsification of School Records
Prohibits unauthorized and false alterations and tampering of any official student records, files, or data maintained by the school or college.
A.1982/S.3295 Crohn’s and Colitis Fairness Act
Amends the public health law to make employee-only restrooms in places of business open to those in the general public who have an eligible medical condition, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, which requires immediate access to a restroom.
A.2965/S.4172 Notice of Child Abuse in Foster Care
Requires reports of suspected abuse of a child be sent to the social services district charged with the care of such child when the child has been placed in a foster home in a different social services district.
A.7198-A/S.5512-A Hate Crime Threats Against Community Centers
Amends the penal law to include community centers in the definition of a “public place” as it relates to bomb threats and other offenses against public order. Amy was spurred into action after bomb threats in February forced evacuations of two community centers in Westchester, including the JCC of Mid-Westchester, where her family are members. About 200 people were evacuated from the JCC of Mid-Westchester, including 100 children who attend the center’s early childhood program.
A.1112-B/S.2139-B Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans’ License Plates
Authorizes the issuance of distinctive license plates to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars or their spouses bearing the words “Veteran of the Iraq War” or “Veteran of the Afghanistan War.”
A.288/S.3745 Electric Car Charging
Requires utilities to offer customers the option to purchase electricity solely for the purpose of charging an electric vehicle. This would enable the utility to offer cheaper time-of-day or off-peak rates for charging, encouraging customers to charge their vehicles at times that are most beneficial for the grid.
A.464-B/S.2098-B Elephant Protection Act
Prohibits the use of elephants in any type of entertainment act. This will protect elephants from the physical and psychological harm caused by the living conditions, treatment, and cruel methods necessary to train them to perform in entertainment acts such as circuses.
A.2750-A/S.2392-A Attorney’s Fees in FOIL Cases
Awards attorney’s fees to a prevailing party who has gone to court to challenge an agency’s refusal to provide records requested under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), when the court finds that the agency had no reasonable basis for denying the records.
A.474-A/S.1170-A Financial Literacy Course for Public Assistance Participants
Allows social services districts to offer participants in public assistance employment programs the option to complete a course in financial literacy and personal finance.
A.7394-A/S.5990-A Municipal Sustainable Energy Loan Program
Updates the municipal sustainable energy loan program, also known as property assessed clean energy, or "PACE," to enable municipalities to finance more renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Pictured here: Assemblywoman Amy Paulin.
Photo courtesy Office of Assemblywoman Amy Paulin