The New York State Senate yesterday passed a package of bills that would strengthen laws and toughen criminal penalties for certain sex offenses related to rape and child pornography. In addition, bills were passed to expand information on criminal background checks for individuals applying for employment in law enforcement and increasing penalties for the crime of criminally negligent homicide.
Legislation (S.1826), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-C, Rockville Centre), would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate act of rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts.
Members of the Western New York Legislative Delegation gathered Monday morning to provide key updates on their collaborative efforts to enact Laura Cummings Law, a bill named in honor of the young developmentally disabled Erie County woman who was murdered by her mother in January 2010 after years of abuse and mistreatment.
Recently the Senate approved legislation, co-sponsored by the Senator that would expand the state DNA Bank, the largest expansion since its implementation in 1994. Not only will this expansion help local and state officials solve more crimes, but it will also help exonerate those who were wrongfully convicted. Senator Maziarz reacts to the passage after session on January 31, 2012.
The New York State Senate passed a law this week which gives courts the ability to consider a greater number of issues–including victims’ safety—when setting bail. The bill (S.259), sponsored by Senator George Maziarz, also known as “Jilly’s Law”, is named for Jill Cahill who was killed in 1998.Jill Cahill, of Onondaga County, was in the process of trying to divorce her husband, Jeff Cahill, when he attacked her with a baseball bat, striking her more than seven times and nearly killing her.
The New York State Senate and Assembly passed legislation yesterday that increases penalties for killing a police dog or police horse while on the line of duty. The bill (S1079A) (A2596A), sponsored by Senator George D. Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) and Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski (D-New City), helps recognize the important roles these animals have in crime solving, rescue and recovery operations and other duties by creating a felony-level offense.