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Health Law

AIDS/HIV Testing

A.7757-A (AM Robinson) / S.4484.A (Sen. Huntley), A.7610 (AM Gottfried) / S.3293 (Sen. Duane), A.7892-A (AM Towns) / S.5660 (Sen. Monserrate), and S.6734 (Sen. Hannon) - regarding mandatory HIV testing in New York State. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report on legislation, reissued March 2010.
  • Press Release: "City Bar Proposes Mandatory Offer of HIV Testing in New York Health Facilities with Patient Ability to Opt Out" - February 24, 2010.
  • Legislative Affairs Blog: "New Law Relating to HIV Testing" - August 3, 2010

Anatomical Gift Act

A.6966 (AM Gottfried) / S.4488 (Sen. Duane) – "the Anatomical Gift Act"; This bill widens the class of individuals authorized to make a gift after the donor's death; makes it consistent with New York State disposition of remains law; supports the decision-making process at the time of death by recognizing a health care agent for consent purposes; and allows recovery organizations to work with individuals who are "reasonably available" to make donation decisions. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in support of legislation by the Committee on Health Law, the Committee on Commercial Law and Uniform State Law, and the Committee on Bioethical Issues, Reissued June 2009.

Family Health Care Decisions Act

A.7729-D (AM Gottfried) / S.3164-B (Sen. Duane) – "the Family Health Care Decisions Act"; establishes procedures for making health care decisions on behalf of patients unable to decide about treatment for themselves. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in support of legislation by the Committee on Health Law and the Committee on Bioethical Issues, Reissued January 2010.
  • Signed by Governor, Chp. 8 - March 16, 2010

Medical Marijuana

A.6357-A (AM Gottfried) / S.4406-A (Sen. Savino) - Legalizes the possession, manufacture, use, delivery, transfer, transport or administration of marihuana by a certified patient or designated caregiver.

  • Testimony of the Drugs & Law and Health Law Committees in support of medical marijuana legislation before the NYS Assembly Standing Committee on Health - December 18, 2013.  Press Release
  • Report in support of legislation by the Drugs & the Law Committee and the Health Law Committee, Reissued June 2013.
  • Updated report on legislation permitting the production, distribution and use of medical marijuana in New York State, February 2013.
  • Press Release: "New York City Bar Association Supports Medical Marijuana Legislation" - March 5, 2012

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Report by the Drugs & Law and Health Law Committees on Governor Cuomo’s proposal to restart the Antonio G. Olivieri Controlled Substances Therapeutic Research Program, February 2014.  Press Release


Organ Donation

A.10039 (AM Ortiz) / S.7103 (Sen. Carlucci) - enacts Lauren's law in relation to directing the commissioner of health to ensure that space is provided on any consent application so that the applicant shall register or decline registration in the New York state donate life registry for organ and tissue donations.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Committee on Health Law, February 2012.

Reproductive Health Act

A.6112 (AM Glick) / S.2844 (Sen. Stewart Cousins) - "the Reproductive Health Act"; would establish a fundamental, statutory right to privacy in making personal reproductive decisions and updates New York's abortion and contraception laws to correct constitutional defects and ensure that abortion is treated as a health matter.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Sex & Law Committee and the Health Law Committee, reissued May 2011.

 

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