senate Bill S2936

Elevates all computer tampering offenses by one degree in severity

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 03 / Feb / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 13 / Jun / 2011
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1211
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 18 / Jun / 2012
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 18 / Jun / 2012
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1272
  • 18 / Jun / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 18 / Jun / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 18 / Jun / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CODES

Summary

Elevates all computer tampering offenses by one degree in severity.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1823
Versions:
S2936
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Assembly Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง156.20, 156.25, 156.26 & 156.27, Pen L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S6847, A10102

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2936

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the penal law, in relation to computer tampering

PURPOSE:
To elevate all computer tampering offenses by one degree in severity.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends section 156.20 of the penal law elevating computer
tampering in the fourth degree from a class A misdemeanor to a class
E felony.

Section 2 amends section 156.25 of the penal law elevating computer
tampering in the third degree from a class E felony to a class D
felony.

Section 3 amends section 156.26 of the penal law elevating computer
tampering in the second degree from a class D felony to a class C
felony.

Section 1 amends section 156.27 of the penal law elevating computer
tampering in the first degree from a class C felony to a class B
felony.

JUSTIFICATION:
Computers are part of everyone's daily life and they help us in
performing many tasks including: paying bills, banking, signing up
for classes at the University, shopping and other business
transactions.
Computers are a major component of information sharing, storage and
maintenance technology in virtually all business and governmental
institutions. With the increase use of computers and the World Wide
Web to process information, there are criminals that attempt to
maliciously disrupt computer systems with computer viruses and to
steal our personal information for criminal use. As states across the
nation have redefined their criminal laws to account for the fluid
and ever-changing world of technology, computer crimes cost
businesses, financial institutions and individuals millions of
dollars every year. This bill strengthens our penal law by
increasing the computer tampering penalties so that the punishment
fits the crime.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010: S.6847 - Referred to Codes/A.10102 - Referred to Codes

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become law.


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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2936

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 3, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes

AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to computer tampering

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The closing paragraph of section 156.20 of the penal law,
as amended by chapter 558 of the laws of 2006, is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  Computer  tampering  in the fourth degree is a class [A misdemeanor] E
FELONY.
  S 2. The closing paragraph of section 156.25  of  the  penal  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  89  of  the  laws  of  1993, is amended to read as
follows:
  Computer tampering in the third degree is a class [E] D felony.
  S 3. The closing paragraph of section 156.26  of  the  penal  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  590  of  the  laws  of 2008, is amended to read as
follows:
  Computer tampering in the second degree is a class [D] C felony.
  S 4. The closing paragraph of section 156.27  of  the  penal  law,  as
added by chapter 89 of the laws of 1993, is amended to read as follows:
  Computer tampering in the first degree is a class [C] B felony.
  S 5. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03860-01-1

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