Senate Called “Alice’s Law” an Important Part of Anti-Crime Measures That Must be Dealt With in 2012 Legislative Session
New Yorkers Stand Against Insurance Fraud (NYSAIF), the grassroots coalition of citizens committed to fighting insurance fraud and protecting the safety of New York drivers, today applauded the Senate Majority for including “Alice’s Law” in a package of anti-crime measures that they are prioritizing for passage in the Assembly before the close of the 2012 Legislative Session on Thursday.
According to published reports last week, the Senate Majority is applying pressure on the Assembly to pass a package of bills that would crack down on a number of crimes, including illegal drugs, child pornography and drunk driving. Among the bills being pushed for passage includes “Alice’s Law,” a bill named after 71-year old Queens resident Alice Ross who was killed in a staged auto accident. The bill would make staging an auto accident a felony crime and overwhelmingly passed the senate earlier this year with a bi-partisan vote of 58-1. The Assembly version of the bill, sponsored by David Weprin (D-Queens Village), has languished in the Insurance Committee.
“The fact that the senate chose to include “Alice’s Law” in a package of bills with some of the worst crimes is an indication of how serious a problem insurance fraud has become,” said NYSAIF spokesman and former assistant district attorney David Schwartz. “I applaud their leadership on this issue and sincerely hope the Assembly heeds both their request and that of countless law enforcement officials who want to see the state crack down on this growing crime. New York drivers simply cannot wait another year with a whole new legislative calendar to address the dangers and high costs of insurance fraud.”