Bill S337A-2013

Provides for the payment of restitution to volunteer fire companies in certain instances

Provides for the payment of restitution to volunteer fire companies in certain instances.

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  • Sep 27, 2013: SIGNED CHAP.356
  • Sep 17, 2013: DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • Jun 10, 2013: returned to senate
  • Jun 10, 2013: passed assembly
  • Jun 10, 2013: ordered to third reading rules cal.67
  • Jun 10, 2013: substituted for a392a
  • Jun 10, 2013: referred to codes
  • Jun 10, 2013: RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 10, 2013: REPASSED SENATE
  • May 30, 2013: AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 337A
  • May 30, 2013: VOTE RECONSIDERED - RESTORED TO THIRD READING
  • May 30, 2013: returned to senate
  • May 30, 2013: RECALLED FROM ASSEMBLY
  • May 20, 2013: referred to codes
  • May 20, 2013: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • May 20, 2013: PASSED SENATE
  • Mar 5, 2013: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Mar 4, 2013: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Feb 28, 2013: 1ST REPORT CAL.118
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO CODES

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BILL NUMBER:S337A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to the payment of restitution to volunteer fire companies in certain instances

PURPOSE:

To include certain persons and entities within the term "victim" to enable a sentencing court to order restitution or reparation.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 - Amends Penal Law §60.27(4)(b) to enlarge the scope of the term "victim" used in that section. Under the terms of the amendment, a sentencing court could order a convicted defendant to make reparation of actual out-of-pocket losses sustained by any person, private company, or public agency or department which took action to prevent, mitigate, or remedy damages to persons or property caused by the offense.

Section 2 - Effective Date

JUSTIFICATION:

Restitution and reparation to individual crime victims should be a primary concern in our criminal justice system. Public and private agencies which respond to crime-related incidents, provide assistance, and prevent further damage should not be statutorily ineligible to be reimbursed for certain costs as ordered by a sentencing court. Such a situation previously arose in Central New York where a volunteer fire department used several hundred dollars worth of chemicals to extinguish a fire set by arson. The court was precluded from ordering the defendant to reimburse the fire department for this cost under the existing statute. The law should not be so limited that a court is prohibited from ordering reparation in such situations.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-2012 - S. 4305A/A.6126A; 2009-2010: A.2942, 2007-2008: A.768, 2005-2006: A.274, 2003-2004: A2014, 2001-2002: A.323

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 337--A Cal. No. 118 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. DeFRANCISCO, GIPSON, GRIFFO, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, passed by Senate and delivered to the Assembly, recalled, vote reconsidered, restored to third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to the payment of restitution to volunteer fire companies in certain instances THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 10 of section 60.27 of the penal law, as added by chapter 310 of the laws of 1996, is amended to read as follows: 10. If the offense of which a person is convicted is defined in section 150.10, 150.15 or 150.20 of this chapter, and no other victim who is a person is seeking restitution in the case, the term "victim" as used in this section, in addition to its ordinary meaning, shall mean any municipality OR VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY which has expended funds or will expend funds for the purpose of restoration, rehabilitation or clean-up of the site of the arson. Any restitution which may be required to be made to a municipality OR VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY pursuant to this section shall be limited to the amount of funds reasonably expended or to be expended for the purpose of restoration, rehabilitation or clean- up of the site of the arson, less the amount of any funds which have been or will be recovered from any other source, and shall not include a designated surcharge pursuant to subdivision eight of this section. Any municipality OR VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY seeking restitution pursuant to this section shall file with the court, district attorney and defense counsel an affidavit stating that the funds reasonably expended or to be expended for which restitution is being sought have not been and will
not be recovered from any other source or in any other civil or criminal proceeding. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, "VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY" MEANS A FIRE COMPANY AS DEFINED IN PARAGRAPH A OF SUBDIVISION TWO OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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