Expands the list of persons designated as peace officers to include special agents with law enforcement authority of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the criminal procedure law, in relation to United States Environmental Protection Agency special agents
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would expand the list of persons designated as peace officers to include Special Agents, with law enforcement authority of the of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 2.15 of the criminal procedure law is amended by adding a new subdivision 28 to include special Agents with law enforcement authority within the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill is being introduced at the request of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in order for their special agents who presently have law enforcement authority to be classified as Peace Officers.
Giving these agents Peace Officer status would allow these special agents to better carry out their duties and responsibilities.
These agents are assigned to conduct investigations of environmental crimes under statutes administered by Environmental Protection Agency; providing technical expertise on unique or complex criminal and civil investigations impacting environmental programs for air, water, taxies, pesticides, radiation, and solid waste pollution control; providing legal support for enforcement actions; and responding to incidents of national significance in support of anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism efforts. These special agents work with federal, tribal, state, local, and international law enforcement in pursuing cases against violators.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-10: S.3001/Codes
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6990 IN SENATE April 19, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes AN ACT to amend the criminal procedure law, in relation to United States Environmental Protection Agency special agents THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 2.15 of the criminal procedure law is amended by adding a new subdivision 28 to read as follows: 28. UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY SPECIAL AGENTS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04492-03-2