This sounds like a very bad idea to me.
The lawsuit distressing Senator Skelos is the one against Northwest Airlines and unnamed individuals who caused 6 Muslim imams returning home from a religious conference in Minnesota to be pulled off a plane last November. The offended religious leaders claim racial and religious profiling -- the airline claims prudent fear of terrorism. The rights and wrongs will be fought out in court.
New York State legislators want to appear tough, so they aim to make it impossible for individuals who are harmed by false, malicious, or racist allegations to seek civil redress.
This is a country where some 30 percent of us are so ignorant we think Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11 and where border guards ask visiting Muslims "do you know Osama Bin Laden?" The last thing we need is more freedom to indulge prejudiced suspicions. Some small inhibition against making wild charges against people who scare us seems like a good idea to me. But apparently New York lawmakers disagree.
Hat tip to The Real Cost of Prisons Weblog for pointing to the Newsday article.