Bar Association Wants Better Legal Assistance For Poor New Yorkers In 2016
Legal assistance for poor New Yorkers, requirements that more police interrogations be videotaped and a push to encourage voter participation are among the New York State Bar Association's priorities for 2016.
The legal association announced several legislative proposals on Monday, ahead of next week's kick off to the 2016 legislative session.
Specifically, the Bar Association says New York should set aside $100 million to provide legal assistance to low-income residents involved in child custody cases, evictions and foreclosures and other civil cases.
The association also wants lawmakers to require the videotaping of interrogations relating to most kinds of felonies, and to make changes to police lineups and eyewitness identification procedures.
Another priority involves efforts to allow early voting, simplify ballots and make it easier for voters to register.
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