senate Bill S241

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to when a person is guilty of obstructing firefighting operations

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 29, 2012 referred to codes
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Feb 14, 2012 advanced to third reading
Feb 13, 2012 2nd report cal.
Feb 07, 2012 1st report cal.178
Jan 04, 2012 referred to codes
returned to senate
died in assembly
May 23, 2011 referred to codes
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Apr 11, 2011 advanced to third reading
Apr 06, 2011 2nd report cal.
Apr 05, 2011 1st report cal.304
Jan 05, 2011 referred to codes

Votes

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Feb 7, 2012 - Codes committee Vote

S241
15
0
committee
15
Aye
0
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Apr 5, 2011 - Codes committee Vote

S241
10
1
committee
10
Aye
1
Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
3
Excused
0
Abstained
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Codes Committee Vote: Apr 5, 2011

nay (1)
aye wr (2)
excused (3)

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S241 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2821
Current Committee:
Assembly Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง195.15, Pen L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S1450, A4610

S241 - Bill Texts

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Establishes a person who intentionally obstructs the efforts of any firefighter performing emergency medical care on a sick or injured person is guilty of the crime of obstructing firefighting operations.

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BILL NUMBER:S241

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the penal law, in relation to the crime of obstructing
firefighting operations

PURPOSE:
To add that individuals who obstruct a firefighter from performing
emergency medical care shall be guilty of the crime of obstructing a
fire fighting operation, a class A misdemeanor.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Amends Section 195.15 of the penal law to add language stating that by
obstructing a firefighter who is performing emergency services you
are guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

JUSTIFICATION:
Firefighters perform various important functions in their day to day
routine, The law affords them special protection while in performance
of these duties. However, a loophole does exist that does not
adequately protect a firefighter who is performing emergency
services. An example occurred in the City of Rochester where a fire
company was responding to an EMS call and was performing Emergency
Medical Care on a victim in their place of residence. An onlooker
became physically agitated and attacked these fire fighters who were
treating the victim. The local police could not charge the individual
under Section 195.15 and he was charged under a different section of
law.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.1450/A.1242 of 2009/2010; Referred to Codes
S.500/A.5582 of 2007/2008; Passed Senate
S.691 of 2005/2005; Passed Senate

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: November next succeeding the date it shall have
become law.

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

                                   241

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  MAZIARZ, ALESI, GOLDEN, GRIFFO, LITTLE, SEWARD --
  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 crime of obstructing
  firefighting operations

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

  Section  1. Section 195.15 of the penal law, as amended by chapter 731
of the laws of 1981, is amended to read as follows:
S 195.15 Obstructing firefighting operations.
  A person is guilty of obstructing firefighting operations when  he  OR
SHE intentionally and unreasonably obstructs the efforts of any:
  1.  [fireman]  FIREFIGHTER  in  extinguishing  a  fire, or prevents or
dissuades another from extinguishing or helping to  extinguish  a  fire;
[or]
  2.  [fireman] FIREFIGHTER, police officer or peace officer in perform-
ing his OR HER duties in  circumstances  involving  an  imminent  danger
created  by  an  explosion, threat of explosion or the presence of toxic
fumes or gases; OR
  3. FIREFIGHTER PERFORMING EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE ON A SICK OR  INJURED
PERSON.
  Obstructing firefighting operations is a class A misdemeanor.
  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.
                                                           LBD01653-01-1

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