senate Bill S4742A

Requires New York state drivers licenses to indicate if the licensee is a registered sex offender under Megan's Law

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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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  • 18 / Apr / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION
  • 22 / Mar / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION
  • 22 / Mar / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 4742A
  • 18 / Apr / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Requires New York State drivers licenses to indicate if the licensee is a registered sex offender under Megan's Law, the "Sex Offender Registration Act"; makes additional changes regarding registration obligations and distribution of information.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S4742
S4742A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Correction Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§168-b, Cor L; amd §507, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: A2139
2007-2008: A7254

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BILL NUMBER:S4742A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the correction law and the vehicle and traffic law, in
relation to identifying registered sex offenders

PURPOSE:
To require that certain sex offenders have their driver's license
altered to reflect their criminal status and to create a statewide
motor vehicle registry of sex offenders.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends the Correction Law by adding a new subdivision 13 to
make information available to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to
aid in the identification of registered sex offenders.

Section 2 amends the Vehicle and Traffic Law by identifying sex
offenders on their driver's license through the use of a lettered code
designated by the department. The Commissioner shall charge a
twenty-five dollar fee for the replacement license. The commissioner
will cause a statewide database to be established containing
registration information gathered on sex offenders and make this
information available to state and local law enforcement agencies upon
request.

JUSTIFICATION:
This legislation is aimed at protecting victims of sex offenders. Sex
offenders have one of the highest rates of criminal recidivism.
Statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice show that 15 to 20% of
treated and paroled sex offenders commit another sex offense within 3
years of release. This legislation is a compliment to Megan's Law, yet
takes the realm of protection one step further. Since sex offenders
may move from state to state, they avoid registering their status.
The man convicted of murdering Megan Kanka had been twice convicted of
child molestation before moving to Megan's New Jersey neighborhood.
This bill would allow other states to identify sex offenders by their
driver's license. In addition, when a person applies for a license in
another state, the indication on the license will alert the Department
of Motor Vehicles as to their sex offender status. This will compel
the person to register with that state's "Sex Offender Register." It
would also alert police when checking the identification of a
suspicious person lurking near a school, park, etc.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011 - 4742

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
First of November next succeeding the date on which it shall have
become a law.

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

                                 4742--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 18, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  O'MARA -- 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 and the vehicle and traffic  law,  in
  relation to identifying registered sex offenders

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

  Section 1. Section 168-b of the correction law is amended by adding  a
new subdivision 13 to read as follows:
  13. THE DIVISION SHALL, TO AID IN THE IDENTIFICATION OF REGISTERED SEX
OFFENDERS, MAKE INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO THE COMMISSIONER OF MOTOR VEHI-
CLES  IN  ORDER  TO  COMPLY  WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION FIVE HUNDRED
SEVEN OF THE VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW.
  S 2. Section 507 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended  by  adding
two new subdivisions 6 and 7 to read as follows:
  6. IDENTIFICATION OF SEX OFFENDERS ON LICENSES. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL
REQUIRE  THAT EVERY LICENSE ISSUED TO OR RECEIVED BY A PERSON REGISTERED
AS A SEX OFFENDER WITH  THE  DEPARTMENT  BY  THE  DIVISION  OF  CRIMINAL
JUSTICE  SERVICES,  PURSUANT TO SECTION ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-EIGHT-B OF THE
CORRECTION LAW, BEAR A LETTERED CODE DESIGNATED BY  THE  DEPARTMENT,  TO
IDENTIFY SUCH PERSON AS A CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL
CHARGE A TWENTY-FIVE DOLLAR FEE FOR THE REPLACEMENT LICENSE.
  7. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL CAUSE A STATEWIDE DATABASE TO BE ESTABLISHED
CONTAINING THE REGISTRATION INFORMATION GATHERED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION
SIX  OF THIS SECTION. SUCH DATABASE SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO STATE AND
LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES UPON REQUEST THEREFROM.
  S 3. 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.
                                                           LBD09722-02-2

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