Sunday, August 21, 2011

Meeting on Laura Cummings Law to be Held Monday

BUFFALO, NY - Local lawmakers say they will press even harder for passage of what is known as the Laura Cummings law to make sure social services workers can better protect vulnerable people. They're frustrated it has not been approved so far.

The law is based on the case of Laura Cummings who's own mother admitted killing her in January 2010 in their North Collins home where she was also abused by one of her brothers.

The bill, which was spurred by a 2 On Your Side investigation, would require workers from Child and Adult Protective Services to get a court order to enter a home to check on an individual after they are twice denied access. It would also go after anyone who would deny such access and that may be why the bill stalled in the Assembly according to one State Senator who sponsored the measure.

Senator George Maziarz said, "It would have made it a crime for individuals to deny access to an individual that they were harming. And I think that criminal penalty is what slowed this thing down and stopped it in the New York State Assembly. And we're gonna try to put some pressure on the Assembly when we go back...we will be going back in September."

Maziarz says the measure did pass in the State Senate and the Governor was expected to sign it. He and other members of the local delegation in the Senate and Assembly will hold a press conference on this subject Monday morning in Buffalo.


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