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Allows detention of individuals and groups posing a public health threat

Location: NY
Title: Allows detention of individuals and groups posing a public health threat
Identifier: A680
Stance: OPPOSE
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Failed to move in the 2017 legislative session


UPDATE: 7/7/2017 - A680 failed to move in the 2017 legislative session ended.  However, bills can carry over to 2018 in New York if the sponsor requests it. 

A680 was introduced on 1/9/2017 and referred to the Assembly Committee on Health.  This bill is sponsored by Assembly Member N. Nick Perry.  This bill is similar to A6891 from the 2015/2016 session that failed to move forward. 

This bill would allow the governor or his or her  delegee,  including,  but  not  limited  to the commissioner or the heads of local health departments to order the removal and/or detention of  a person or of a group of such persons suspected of having, carrying or being exposed to a contagious disease they believe may pose an imminent and significant threat to the public health resulting  in severe morbidity or high mortality by issuing a single order for individuals or a group to be detained.

The governor or delegee may issue and seek enforcement or any other orders necessary or appropriate to prevent the spread of the disease.

Individuals or a group of people can be detained for 3 days or longer if detention starts on a weekend without a court order.  They can be held an additional 5 days after a court order is requested.  They will not be held for more than 60 days without a court order.  After a court order is issue the governor or his or her delegee shall seek a review within 90 days. 

While being detained individuals or a group can be forced to have testing or medical examinations or be required to complete an appropriate course of treatment including preventive medication or vaccination. - text, status and history