Authorizes police agencies to include cases of missing vulnerable adults in their semi-annual reports to the division of criminal justice services.
Ayes (37): DeFrancisco, Bonacic, Farley, Flanagan, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Savino, Seward, Young, Valesky, Martins, Krueger, Diaz, Dilan, Rivera, Gianaris, Breslin, Montgomery, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Stavisky, Squadron, Kennedy, Espaillat, Hassell-Thompson
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to missing children and vulnerable adults
PURPOSE: To provide for semiannual reports by law enforcement agencies on missing vulnerable adults.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends section 837-m of the executive law to authorize the chief of every police department, every county sheriff, and the Superintendent of State Police to submit, at least semiannually, reports to the Division of Criminal Justice Services with respect to specified cases of missing vulnerable adults that are closed.
Section 2 of the bill is the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: At this time, New York State has a missing children clearinghouse and a missing vulnerable adult clearing house. Under current law, various law enforcement agencies must report certain information relating to missing children to the division of criminal justice services on a semi-annual basis. However, such a reporting requirement does not exist for missing vulnerable adults. This bill addresses this situation by authorizing law enforcement departments to also include information on missing vulnerable adults in these semi-annual reports.
Vulnerable adults include individuals eighteen years of age or older who have a cognitive impairment, mental disability, or brain disorder and whose disappearance has been determined by law enforcement to pose a creditable threat of harm to such missing individual. Since various law enforcement authorities may already maintain their own records and statistics on vulnerable adults, it makes sense to provide a mechanism by which this information can be reported to the division of criminal justice services. This bill will allow for accurate and current information to be maintained by an agency and also provide a reliable source for such information when the need arises.
S.4403-A of 2007/2008; Amended and Recommitted to Finance S.1420/A.6056 of 2009/2010; Referred to Children and Families S.216A of 2011/2012; Amend and Recommit to Children and Families
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the 60th day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1100--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families -- recommitted to the Committee on Children and Families in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to missing children and vulnerable adults THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 837-m of the executive law, as added by chapter 579 of the laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows: S 837-m. Reporting duties of law enforcement departments with respect to missing children AND VULNERABLE ADULTS. The chief of every police department, each county sheriff and the superintendent of state police shall report, at least semi-annually, to the division with respect to specified cases of missing children that are closed. Such reports shall be in the form and manner prescribed by the division and shall contain such information as the division deems necessary including, but not limited to, information regarding recovered children who were arrested, children who were the victims of criminal activity or exploitation and children who were found deceased and information regarding the alleged abductor or killer of such children. ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPARTMENT REFERRED TO IN THIS SECTION MAY, IN ITS DISCRETION, INCLUDE IN SUCH SEMI-ANNUAL REPORTS INFORMATION RELATING TO MISSING VULNERABLE ADULTS AS SUCH TERM IS DEFINED IN SECTION EIGHT HUNDRED THIRTY-SEVEN-F-ONE OF THIS ARTICLE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law; provided however, that effective immediately the division of criminal justice services shall be authorized and directedEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02289-04-4 S. 1100--A 2
to amend, add or repeal any rule or regulation necessary for the imple- mentation of this act on its effective date.