S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
February 4, 2013
Introduced by Sen. ESPAILLAT -- 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 the prohibition against
unauthorized radio transmissions
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Section 190.72 of the penal law, as added by chapter 361 of
the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows:
S 190.72 Unauthorized radio transmission.
A person is guilty of an unauthorized radio transmission when such
1. knowingly makes or causes to be made a radio transmission in this
state, on a radio frequency assigned and licensed by the federal commu-
nications commission for use by amplitude modulation (AM) radio stations
between the frequencies of five hundred thirty kilohertz (kHz) to seven-
teen hundred kilohertz (kHz), or frequency modulation (FM) radio
stations between the frequencies of eighty-eight megahertz (MHz) to one
hundred eight megahertz (MHz), without authorization or having first
obtained a license from the federal communications commission or duly
authorized federal agency, in violation of federal law; OR
2. ACTS, WHETHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, TO CAUSE AN UNAUTHORIZED
RADIO TRANSMISSION TO, OR INTERFERENCE WITH, A PUBLIC OR COMMERCIAL
RADIO STATION LICENSED BY THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION OR TO
ENABLE THE RADIO TRANSMISSION OR INTERFERENCE TO OCCUR.
Unauthorized radio transmission is a class [A misdemeanor] D 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.