EXPLANATION--Matter in italics is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.

AN ACT to amend the criminal procedure law, in relation to authorizing audiotaped or videotaped victim impact statements

Became a law October 6, 1998, with the approval of the Governor. Passed by a majority vote, three-fifths being present.

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

§ 1. Subdivision 1 of section 440.50 of the criminal procedure law, as amended by chapter 559 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows:

1. Upon the request of a victim of a crime, the district attorney shall, within sixty days of the final disposition of the case, inform the victim by letter of such final disposition.  If such final disposition results in the commitment of the defendant to the custody of the department of correctional services, the notice provided to the crime victim shall also inform the victim of his right to submit a written, audiotaped, or videotaped victim impact statement to the state division of parole or to meet personally with a member of the state board of parole at a time and place separate from the personal interview between a member or members of the board and the inmate and make such a statement, subject to procedures and limitations contained in rules of the board, both pursuant to subdivision two of section two hundred fifty-nine-i of the executive law.

§ 2.  This act shall take effect immediately.

The Legislature of the STATE OF NEW YORK ss:

Pursuant to the authority vested in us by section 70-b of the Public Officers Law, we hereby jointly certify that this slip copy of this session law was printed under our direction and, in accordance with such section, is entitled to be read into evidence.

JOSEPH L. BRUNO                                  SHELDON SILVER

Temporary President of the SenateSpeaker of the Assembly