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BILL:

A.617 (Stringer)

Support

SUBJECT:

Orders of Protection

 

DATE:

January 24, 2005

 

SUMMARY

The proposed legislation provides victims of domestic violence (for whom an order of protection has been issued by a court of competent jurisdiction) with unlisted telephone directory numbers without charge.

While well meaning and intentioned, this proposal does not provide the protection that it is intended to give. In today's modern world, all one requires is a computer to access names, addresses, phone numbers and other personal information without anyone knowing.

COSTLY PROVISION

The cost of this proposal could be in the multi-million dollar range. It is estimated that there are approximately five hundred protection orders issued daily. With a cost of one to two dollars per month for unlisted service this will increase the cost of all telephone subscribers by millions of dollars. While the intentions are good, the waiving of the fee at the expense of all customers
seems unfair.

COMPLIANCE ISSUES

The legislation does not deal with phone books that are in circulation before or after an order of protection is ordered. This makes it even more difficult for all parties to comply with such a law.

How would the telephone company police this situation? Does the individual tell the phone company that an order of protection has been lifted or does the company have to track down such information?

OPPOSED

The Business Council of New York State, Inc. whose membership includes over 3,300 member companies, chambers of commerce, and associations, has reviewed the aforementioned legislation and is opposed to its enactment.