Top 10 Lists of New York State Legislation

Legislative histories, Senate & Assembly debate transcripts, copies of Senate and Assembly bills, and Sponsor's Memoranda for these bills are available from New York Legislative Service, Inc. for a fee.

2006

  1. Limited Liability Publication Requirements amendment, S.6831-B:  Chapter 44
  2. Identity Theft- Credit Security Freeze:  Chapter 63
  3. Identity Theft- Anti-Phishing Act:  Chapter 64
  4. Identity Theft- Disposal of Records:  Chapter 65
  5. Identity Theft-“Consumer Communication Records Privacy Act”;  Chapter 487
  6. Identity Theft- Expands applicability of offenses against computers: Chapter 558
  7. Identity Theft- Confidentiality of Social Security Numbers:  Chapter 676
  8. Decedent's Remains, Disposition of (amendment to Chapter 768 of 2005):  Chapter 76
  9. Workplace Violence Prevention:  Chapter 82
  10.  Banking Applications and Investigation Fees:  Chapter 59
  11. Not-for-profits Voluntary Dissolution:  Chapter 434 (Amends Chapter 726 of 2005)
  12.  World Trade Center / September 11 Disability Benefits:  Chapters 444, 445 & 446


2005

  1. Public Authorities Accountability Act:  Chapter 766
  2. Limited Liability Corporations; business interests. Publication of 10 largest owners:  Chapter 767
  3. Lobbying Reform Act:  Chapter 1
  4. Identity Theft:  Chapters 442 & 491
  5. Freedom of Information Law (foil) Requests:  Chapter 22
  6. Transfer on Death Security Registration Act:  Chapter 325
  7. "Kendras Law" forces mentally ill to take their prescription drugs:  Chapter 158
  8. "Vaseans Law" DWI Driver Kills/Injures:  Chapter 39
  9. Decedents Remains, Predesignation of (includes domestic partners):  Chapter 768
  10. Medicaid Reform; Empire Zones Reform; Single Sales Factor Tax (Manufacturers):  Chapter 61. 


2004

  1. Limited Liability Companies Publication (S.5902-B)Pocket Veto #302
  2. Assisted Living Reform Act:  Chapter 2
  3. Death Penalty, Sentencing Provisions:  (S.7720)Passed the Senate. Died in the Assembly.
  4. Murder of a Child.  “Joan’s Law”:  Chapter 459
  5. Mitchell-Lama Mortgage Modifications:  Chapter 257
  6. Domestic Partner, Hospital Visitation:  Chapter 471
  7. Co-ordinated Construction Act for Lower Manhattan:  Chapter 259
  8. Video Voyeurism. “Stephanie’s Law”:  Chapter 69 (S.3060-A)
  9. Budget Reform:  Veto #266
  10. Tax Revenue Bill:  Chapter 60.  Provisions for:
       Tax on clothing;  Transfer Tax;  Film production tax credit;  Empire Zones;  Liquor stores allowed to open 7 days;  QuickDraw;  NYC Election Fund

2003

  1. Rent Regulation: Chapter 82
  2. Smoking in Public Places, Regulation of: Chapter 13
  3. Alcohol Sales on Sunday Permitted (part of the Tax Revenue Bill): Chapter 62
  4. Auto Leasing: Vicarious Liability: S.397-A
  5. Emergency Contraceptive Access: Chapter 625 (A.15)
  6. Rockefeller Drug Law Reform A.7078 (Governor's Program Bill #64)  Both houses passed their own version, but failed to resolve their differences.
  7. "Brownfields": Chapter 1 (S.5702/A.9120; Governor's Program Bill #61)
  8. Electric Generator Siting (A.6248)
  9. MAC Bonds: Chapter 63
  10. Video Voyeurism: Chapter 69 "Stephanie's Law"
  11. Smoking Ban, Exceptions to: A.8601
  12. NY Corporate Fraud Prevention Bills:
    S.4813 (Attorney General's Program Bill #1) Whistleblower Protection.
    S.4820 (Attorney General's Program Bill #3) Authorizes Attorney General to deny, suspend, revoke or withdraw brokers security registration.
    S.4834 (Attorney General's Program Bill #6) Provides for oversight of public accountants; including the definition of misconduct by accountants and other issues related to accounting practices; Sarbanes-Oxley.
    S.4836 (Attorney General's Program Bill #2) Provides additional protection against corporate financial fraud and abuse; Not-for-profits. Sarbanes-Oxley.
    S.4843 (Attorney General's Program Bill #5) Includes within commercial bribery, actions designed to influence an employee, agent or fiduciary in relation to affairs of the employee or principal.
    S.5015. (Attorney General's Program Bill #4). Tampering with computer evidence.
    Please note that sections 1 & 2 of the AG Program Bill #4 are also present in another bill: sections 3 & 4 of Senate Bill 4812.


2002

  1. Sexual Orientation Non-discrimination Act (SONDA): Chapter 2
  2. Identity theft: Chapter 619
  3. Health Care Whistleblowers Act: Chapter 24
  4. Predatory lending; home loans: Chapter 626
  5. Contraceptives covered by health insurance: Chapter 554
  6. Health Care Reform Act: Chapter 1
  7. Union labor neutrality: Chapter 601
  8. Infertility treatment coverage by health insurance: Chapter 82
  9. New York City school governance: Chapter 91
  10. Tax amnesty: Chapter 85


2001

  1. Anti-terrorism Act of 2001: Chapter 300
  2. Bomb threats: Chapters 301 & 302
  3. Domestic violence: Chapters 384 – 386
  4. Trust Accounting Income: Chapter 243
  5. Brewers & wholesalers: Chapter 346
  6. Ticket Consumer Protection Act (scalping): Chapter 56
  7. Juries: gratuities prohibited: Chapter 42
  8. Cell phone use banned in moving vehicles: Chapter 69
  9. Internet Privacy Policy Act: Chapter 578
  10. UCC Article 9 Revision; Article 6 (bulk transfers) Repeal: Chapter 84


2000

  1. Principal Tenure – NYC; Employee Disciplinary Procedures (S.6274): Chapter 3
  2. UCC Article 5 Reform: Chapter 471
  3. Gun Control Law: Chapter 189 (Governor’s Program Bill #132)
  4. Abandoned Infant Protection Act: Chapter 156
  5. Trusts, Amendments to, for tax purposes: Chapter 267
  6. Hate Crimes Act of 2000: Chapter 107
  7. Telemarketing Fraud and Abuse Prevention: Chapters 546 & 547
  8. Sodomy, consensual; repealer: Chapter 1
  9. Syringe sales without a prescription: Chapter 56
  10. “Green Buildings” tax credits: Chapter 63


1999

  1. Health Care Reform Act 2000 (A.9093) Chapter 1
  2. Lobbying Law (A.9094) Chapter 2
  3. Megans's Law (sex offenders registry). Broadens powers Chapter 453
  4. Technology Law created. Includes electronic signatures. Chapter 4.
  5. Clinic Access and Anti-stalking Act; Religious Worship (A.9036-A) Chapter 635
  6. Kendra's Law; forced psychiatric medication. Chapter 408
  7. NYC Commuter Tax repealed: Chapter 5 (S.5594-B)
  8. Farm Worker Equity & Wage Reform Act (S.6179) Chapter 3
  9. NYC School Construction Authority; Wickes Law: Chapter 410
  10. Omnibus Tax Bill: Chapter 407


1998

  1. Mortgage Foreclosures: Chapter 231
  2. Security Deposits: Chapter 451
  3. Service on Corporations Chapter 202
  4. Documents for Inspection: Chapter 295
  5. Jenna's Law. No parole for offenders: Chapter 1
  6. Caregivers Criminal Check (Kieran's Law): Chapter 3
  7. Bank Parity "Wild Card": Chapter 392
  8. BCL, Limited Liability Corporation Mergers: Chapter 374
  9. HIV Partner Notification: Chapter 163
  10. HMO's. External Appeals: Chapter 586


1997

  1. Uniform Commercial Code, Article 8 Revision (Assembly Bill 6619-C) Chapter 566
  2. Business Corporation Law Revision Chapter 449*
  3. "Wild Card Banking Bill", permits banks and Trust Companies to exercise powers of National Banks Governor's Program Bill #6, S.5717-B) Chapter 3
  4. Lifetime Trusts, (Senate Bill 4223) Signed by the Governor on June 25 as Chapter 139.
  5. Compound Interest Chapter 308
  6. IDA Reform Chapter 444
  7. Rent Control (A.8346) Signed by the Governor on June 20 as Chapter 116
  8. Hospitals as Limited Liability Corporations (Senate Bill S.479-B)
  9. Common Trust Funds Chapter 250
  10. Acknowledgment Forms Chapter 179


* Senate Bill 476-B, Sponsored by Senator Skelos, was signed by Governor George Pataki on August 26, 1997. This legislation revises the Business Corporation Law to "make New York a more hospitable and attractive state for incorporation."

This legislation was proposed originally in 1995, passing in the Senate for 2 consecutive years, but not in the Assembly. It passed both houses of the legislature in 1997 as Chapter 449. The new law modernizes the proxy process in New York corporations, provides substantial additional flexibility in equity financing, eliminate the presumption of perceptive rights, and provides for a simple majority vote requirement, rather than two-thirds, for certain corporate actions.
Another piece of legislation relating to this new Chapter Law is Senate Bill 5680/Assembly Bill 8518, which became Chapter Law 494 of 1997. This bill is a technical amendment to Chapter 449, designed to remedy certain inconsistencies in relation to limited liability companies.
For those interested in any related material, including the text of these new chapter laws, we have compiled an extensive legislative history.

1996

  1. Malpractice (other than medical): limitation of malpractice damage actions. (S.7590, Signed as Chapter 623 on September 4)
  2. Elisa's Law, Child abuse reporting (Senate Bill 5959-A, signed into law on February 12 as Chapter 12; Governor's Approval Memo #4)
  3. Police Collective Bargaining in New York City, (Override of Veto #1, Senate Bill 5779, signed as Chapter 13 on February 12)
  4. Workers Compensation Reform, (Assembly Bills 11331, signed as Chapter 635; and 11338 signed as Chapter 648 on September 16)
  5. Domestic Violence & Safety Act, Governor's Program Bill #66. (S.6621) Allows prosecutors to appeal bail amounts.
  6. Video Recording, Unlawful (S.6589, signed as Chapter 391 on July 30)
  7. Health Care Reform Act of 1996 (Senate Bill 7764, signed as Chapter 639 on September 12) De-regulates insurance re-imbursement rates; drastically reduces subsidies for medical training.
  8. Tax Revenue Budget Bill contains provisions regarding "REITS" (real estate investment trusts), IDA extension, repeals Transfer Gains Tax (Assembly bill 11319, Signed Chapter 309 on July 13)
  9. Communication of Indecent Materials to Minors Via Computer (Senate Bill 210-E, signed as Chapter 600 on September 4; Governor's Approval Memo #84)
  10. ATM Safety Act of 1996, Also exercises State authority under Federal Riegle-Neal Interstate Efficiency Act of 1994 (Assembly Bill 8229-C, signed as Chapter 9 on February 6; Governor's Approval Memo #2)