Requires websites providing sex offender registry information to be searchable by the zip code of a registrant's employment.
Ayes (11): Nozzolio, DeFrancisco, Gallivan, Griffo, Maziarz, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Hassell-Thompson, Kennedy, Peralta, Espaillat
Ayes W/R (3): Little, Rivera, Montgomery
Ayes (59): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Storobin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (1): Montgomery
Excused (2): Huntley, Krueger
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the correction law, in relation to information contained in the sex offender registry
PURPOSE: Requires the Division of Criminal Justice Services' (DCJS) website that provides sex offender registry information to be searchable by the zip code of a registrant's employment.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one amends subdivision 1 of section 168-q of the correction law as amended by chapter 532 of the laws of 2011.
JUSTIFICATION: While government has taken major actions to inform the public that a convicted registered sex offender is living in their neighborhood, there is currently no way for parents, guardians and those who care for children that a convicted registered sex offender may be working in their community. This legislation corrects a loop hole in the current law that will disclose to the public that not only if a convicted registered sex offender is living in their neighborhood but if they are also working in their community. This measure will protect children and adult victims by enhancing parents, guardians and those who care for children to be aware that a convicted registered sex offender is in their community.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011: S.5288 - Passed Senate/Referred to Corrections 2010: S.621 - Referred to Crime Victims/A.7808 Referred to Correction 2009: S.621 - Referred to Crime Victims/A.7808 Referred to Correction 2008: S.6445 - Passed Senate 2007: S.6445 - Referred to Rules
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: 90 days after enactment.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5288--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 3, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction -- recommitted to the Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction 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 correction law, in relation to information contained in the sex offender registry THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 168-q of the correction law, as amended by chapter 532 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: 1. The division shall maintain a subdirectory of level two and three sex offenders. The subdirectory shall include the exact address, address of the offender's place of employment and photograph of the sex offender along with the following information, if available: name, physical description, age and distinctive markings. Background information including the sex offender's crime of conviction, modus of operation, type of victim targeted, the name and address of any institution of higher education at which the sex offender is enrolled, attends, is employed or resides and a description of special conditions imposed on the sex offender shall also be included. The subdirectory shall have sex offender listings categorized by county and zip code. Such subdirectory shall be made available at all times on the internet via the division homepage. THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE SUBDIRECTORY SHALL BE SEARCHABLE VIA THE INTERNET BY THE ZIP CODE FOR BOTH THE OFFENDER'S RESIDENCE ADDRESS AND HIS OR HER PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT. Any person may apply to the division to receive automated e-mail notifications whenever a new or updated subdirectory registration occurs in a geographic area specified by such person. The division shall furnish such service at noEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03663-02-1 S. 5288--A 2
charge to such person, who shall request e-mail notification by county and/or zip code on forms developed and provided by the division. E-mail notification is limited to three geographic areas per e-mail account. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.