senate Bill S2937

Amended

Establishes the class E felony of dissemination of false missing child information

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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
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 22 / May / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.871
  • 23 / May / 2012
    • AMENDED 2937A
  • 23 / May / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 30 / May / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 31 / May / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 31 / May / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 31 / May / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CODES

Summary

Establishes the class E felony of dissemination of false missing child information.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5269
Versions:
S2937
S2937A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Assembly Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง240.49, Pen L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S6226, A10125, S6226

Votes

12
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12
Aye
1
Nay
2
aye with reservations
0
absent
1
excused
0
abstained
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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2937

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the penal law, in relation to dissemination of false
information about
a missing child

PURPOSE:
To establish a class E felony of dissemination of false missing child
information.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one adds a new section 240.49 to the penal law, dissemination
of false missing child information.

JUSTIFICATION:
Across the United States there have been numerous false Amber Alerts
being sent out via e-mail and text message. These false alerts prompt
concerned citizens to contact law enforcement agencies who find out
from authorities that such alerts are fake. These false alerts can
have negative effect on public awareness and diminish such awareness
when an official Amber Alert is issue by authorities. These false
alerts, which are spread by electronic means (i.e. e-mail, text
message, Facebook, and Twitter), only diminish the effectiveness of a
authentic and genuine Amber Alert. Legislation is needed in New York
to prevent someone from disseminating false alerts to the public.
This bill would make it a class E felony for someone who knowingly
and falsely generates, by electronic or any other means, information
that would make the public believe that an official alert has been
issued on a child that has been abducted or kidnapped.
Currently, all official Amber Alerts are initially broadcasted through
the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and if people have questions
regarding the validity of an alert they can view them through the
United States Justice Department at AmberAlert.gov.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010: S.6226 - Referred to Codes/A.10125 - Referred to Codes

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
November 1, next succeeding the date on which it shall become a law.

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

                                  2937

                       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  dissemination  of  false
  information about a missing child

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

  Section 1. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 240.49  to
read as follows:
S 240.49 DISSEMINATION OF FALSE MISSING CHILD INFORMATION.
  A PERSON IS GUILTY OF DISSEMINATION OF FALSE MISSING CHILD INFORMATION
WHEN,  KNOWING  THE INFORMATION HE OR SHE REPORTED, CONVEYED, CIRCULATED
OR DISSEMINATED IS FALSE OR BASELESS, HE OR SHE STATES  OR  REPORTS,  BY
ANY MEANS, THAT A CHILD IS A MISSING CHILD AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION ONE
OF SECTION EIGHT HUNDRED THIRTY-SEVEN-E OF THE EXECUTIVE LAW.
  DISSEMINATION OF FALSE MISSING CHILD INFORMATION IS A CLASS E FELONY.
  S 2. 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.
                                                           LBD04609-01-1

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