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New York Senate Passes Legislation to Protect People with Disabilities

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New York Senate Passes Legislation to Protect People with Disabilities

May 17, 2012

On May 16, the New York State Senate unanimously passed legislation to protect New Yorkers with developmentally disabilities and mental illness. The legislation seeks to create a new state agency, the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, which would have the authority, alongside local district attorneys, to bring cases against those who abuse people with disabilities.

Critics of the legislation say that it concentrates too much control in a state agency, leaving outside law enforcement and district attorneys dependent on the state to bring charges, and would not share enough information with law enforcement agencies.

Assembly Democrats have said they intend to pass the bill, but will negotiate some changes before a final version is considered.