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Jun
1
2010
Barring Health Care Professionals from Participating in the Torture or Inappropriate Treatment of Prisoners

Subject: A.6665-B/Gottfried S.4495-A/Duane Barring health care professionals from participating in the torture or inappropriate treatment of prisoners. Position: Support

May
18
2010
An Act to Amend the Criminal Procedure Law, in Relation to Admissibility of a Complainant’s Sexual Conduct

Subject: The Rape Shield Reform Bill S.2668/ Duane A.6293 / Rosenthal An act to amend the criminal procedure law, in relation to admissibility of a complainant’s sexual conduct in a sex offense. Position: SUPPORT

May
16
2007
Expansion of the DNA Database

Governor Spitzer earlier this week proposed a massive expansion of New York State's DNA data bank, stating that use of DNA evidence to identify criminals is “decisive, reliable, and even handed.” Experience in jurisdictions throughout the country, including New York, contradicts this statement.

Feb
14
2007
Letter to Gov. Spitzer: Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders

Re: Proposed legislation regarding civil commitment of sex offenders Dear Governor Spitzer: It is our understanding that you and representatives of your office are negotiating legislation that would broaden significantly the state’s authority to incarcerate, subject to civil commitment proceedings, individuals who have completed serving a sentence for a sex offense.

Jan
1
2005
Loitering in a Transportation Facility

Subject: S.994-B (Part I, Section 1) A Budget Bill that would create the crime of aggravated loitering in a transportation facility. Position: Opposed

Jan
1
2005
Elimination of Search Protections

Subject: S.1540/ Volker et al. AN ACT to amend the criminal procedure law, in relation to the authority of police officers to investigate criminal activity, the exclusion of evidence in criminal actions and the procedures governing motions to suppress Position: Opposed

Jan
1
2005
"John Doe" Indictments

Subject: A.7607/ Silver et al. AN ACT to amend the criminal procedure law, the executive law and the state finance law, in relation to special indictments by fictitious name in DNA cases and to create an innocence project program Position: Opposed

Jan
1
2004
DNA Databank Expansion

Subject: S.5554/Skelos et al. (at request of the Governor) AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to the DNA identification index Position: OPPOSED

Jan
1
2004
Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders

Subject: S.5556/Volker et al. An act to amend the mental hygiene law, the correction law, and the criminal procedure law, in relation to the civil commitment of sexually violent predators. Position: OPPOSED

Jan
1
2003
Making Graffiti

Subject: A.2499/ Lafayette et al. AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the correction law, in relation to suspension of driver’s licenses upon conviction of making graffiti. Position: OPPOSED This proposed legislation authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend or refuse to issue a driver’s license to persons under twenty-one years of age who have been convicted of making graffiti.

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