NY Lawmakers on the Move, March 30, 2022

Nadler Celebrates Passage of Historic Antilynching Laws

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler

U.S. Rep. and Home Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn) yesterday issued the next assertion after President Biden signed the Emmett Until Antilynching Act, explicitly designating lynching as a hate crime underneath federal legislation:

“With the signing of this historic piece of legislation, President Biden today corrected one of the longest standing injustices in our country,” stated Nadler. “The Emmett Till Antilynching Act will, for the first time, specifically designate lynching as a crime under federal law. It is vitally important that we send the strongest possible message that violence of any kind, especially acts motivated by bigotry and hate, will not be tolerated in our society. I thank Congressman Bobby Rush and the many other members and advocates who have worked tirelessly, and overcome many setbacks, to make this day possible.”

The signing of the Emmett Until Antilynching Act marks the twelfth Judiciary Committee invoice signed into legislation this Congress by President Biden, together with three this month: 

The Ending Pressured Arbitration Act, the Violence In opposition to Ladies Act, and the Emmett Until Antilynching Act.

Meng Introduces Laws to Enhance Interactions Between First Responders and Individuals With Disabilities

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) introduced yesterday that she launched the Incapacity ID Act of 2022, a invoice that will set up a brand new grant program for states to facilitate the position of a discrete and voluntary incapacity identifier image on drivers’ licenses and different types of state-issued identification so as to enhance interactions between first responders and other people with disabilities.  

Disabilities might be misjudged or disregarded, leaving many individuals with disabilities apprehensive that their interactions with first responders might escalate. That’s the reason it’s vital to provide people with a incapacity the choice to have a incapacity identifier image positioned on their driver’s license or ID card, whereas additionally offering first responders with coaching to raised perceive the wants of individuals with disabilities.   

The laws would additionally present funding for coaching first responders to acknowledge the incapacity identifiers and work together appropriately with such people.  

“This legislation will do so much to help keep our fellow Americans with disabilities safe and treated respectfully,” stated Meng. “People with disabilities should not be subjected to unfair and sometimes violent treatment because of circumstances out of their control. Situations where first responders are needed often cause severe anxiety and fear, but by providing identifier symbols on different forms of ID, first responders will be better suited to use the training this bill also provides to handle complex situations with people who have disabilities. I look forward to my bill moving through the House.”     

Rozic, Reyes Value Gouging Bundle Passes Shoppers Affairs and Safety Committee

Meeting Member Nily Rozic
Meeting Member Karines Reyes

Assemblymembers Nily Rozic (D-Queens) and Karines Reyes (D-Bronx) yesterday noticed their legislative bundle addressing pandemic-related worth gouging cross the Committee on Shopper Affairs and Safety.

Invoice A9193A sponsored by Rozic would triple penalties for situations of fraud so as to deter dangerous actors. It focuses on fraudulent conduct throughout an irregular disruption of the market such because the coronavirus pandemic. Invoice A5860 sponsored by Reyes would add medicines going through provide shortages to the record of products prohibited from being offered at excessive costs underneath the state’s worth gouging statute.

The Federal Commerce Fee estimates that New Yorkers have misplaced roughly $22 million to Covid-related fraud. Rozic’s invoice goals to guard New Yorkers topic to such practices and presents them authorized recourse.

“No New Yorker should have to deal with fraud and deception — especially during the most vulnerable times,” stated Rozic, chair of the Shopper Affairs and Safety Committee. “This legislation would ensure that penalties against bad actors are a sufficient deterrent and will go a long way to protect consumers during this pandemic and beyond.” 

“When our state first faced the uncertainty of the pandemic, price gougers preyed on the fear of shocked consumers,” stated Reyes. “Essential items like medicine must be secure against greedy and exploitative businesses that seek to take advantage of needy customers and a shortage. A5860A would protect New Yorkers against predatory actions of the drug industry looking to turn a profit at the expense of those with the most need.”

Addabbo Broadcasts Maternal Well being Bundle Passes Senate

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens) introduced yesterday the passage of a bundle of payments he co-sponsors, to spice up insurance coverage eligibility throughout being pregnant, improve ladies’s psychological well being screenings, and enhance the transparency of knowledge concerning birthing services in New York State. 

“This legislation will ensure the health and well-being of maternal women are prioritized through greater access to valuable resources and critically important care,” Addabbo stated. “These bills aim to improve the education and treatment of maternal mental health disorders while also making sure every expectant mother has access to insurance throughout their entire pregnancy especially those in vulnerable, at-risk population.”   

The bundle of payments co-sponsored by Addabbo and handed by the NYS Senate will: 

S.534B  – Require enhanced transparency about hospitals and delivery facilities offered in informational packets to expectant moms to assist them make knowledgeable selections about prenatal care and birthing choices.  

S.8241A – Permit pregnant ladies to enroll in medical health insurance throughout a particular enrollment interval with out penalty. 

S.7752  – Set up a maternal psychological well being workgroup inside the Workplace of Psychological Well being to review and challenge suggestions that can enhance the impacts that maternal psychological well being issues have on ladies who give delivery, their youngsters, and their households.  

S.7753  – Direct the Workplace of Psychological Well being and the Division of Well being to conduct a research detecting racial and different disparities inside postpartum despair screenings, and analysis and analyze new methods to raised detect postpartum despair. 

AG James Scores Court docket Victory for Shoppers Defrauded by Enterprise That By no means Delivered Excessive-Finish Merchandise

Lawyer Common Letitia James

New York Lawyer Common Letitia James this week scored a court docket victory for customers who had been defrauded by a web-based enterprise that offered gaming consoles and different high-end shopper items however by no means delivered them. 

A New York County Supreme Court docket Decide dominated that Prestigious Advertising and marketing Ideas, Inc, (Prestigious) which is owned by Tandria Faulkner, should pay full restitution to all of the customers who had been defrauded. The court docket order additionally upheld the non permanent restraining order James secured final 12 months that freezes the financial institution accounts of Faulkner and her companies and stops her from taking any additional orders for gadgets she doesn’t possess.

“This is a big win for consumers who were gamed out of Xboxes, PlayStations, and other high-end products they paid for but never received,” stated James. “Defrauding consumers for personal gain is unconscionable and will not be tolerated by my office. Under the court’s order, Tandria Faulkner must finally pay back the consumers she deceived. New Yorkers can trust that my office will always fight for their hard-earned money and protect them from fraudsters.”

The court docket order requires Prestigious to supply the Workplace of the Lawyer Common (OAG) a full record of the names and addresses of customers who paid for merchandise to allow them to obtain refunds. 

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