senate Bill S4860

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires drivers licenses issued to registered sex offenders to bear a code identifying them as sex offenders

download bill text pdf

Sponsored By

Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

do you support this bill?

Actions

view actions (2)
Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 04, 2012 referred to crime victims, crime and correction
Apr 27, 2011 referred to crime victims, crime and correction

S4860 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Crime Victims, Crime And Correction
Law Section:
Correction Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§168-b, 168-d, 168-f & 168-l, Cor L; amd §507, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A4639
2009-2010: A5326

S4860 - Bill Texts

view summary

Requires state driver's licenses to indicate whether the holder is a registered sex offender; makes additional amendments regarding sex offender registration obligations and dissemination of information.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S4860

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
reflect their criminal status and to create a statewide motor vehicle
registry of sex offenders which would be made available, upon
request, to state and local law enforcement agencies.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Amends Section 168-B of the Correction Law to add a new Subdivision
which enables the division to aid in the identification of registered
sex offenders by making information available to the Commissioner of
Motor Vehicles.

Amends Section 168-D of the Correction Law by adding a new Subdivision
to state that upon a conviction as a sex offender, the court shall
take possession of his/her driver's license and shall tender to the
sex offender a temporary license, directing he/she report to the
Department of Motor Vehicles for a replacement license. Upon a sex
offender being relieved of the duty to register, the Department of
Motor Vehicles shall issue a license without the sex offender code
printed upon the license at no charge.

Adds a new Subdivision to Section 168-1 of the Correction Law which
indicates that sex offenders register with the Department of Motor
Vehicles and that State and local law enforcement agencies shall
share all information regarding such offenders. Neighbors of such sex
offenders shall be notified by the law enforcement agency having
jurisdiction of the sex offender's presence (any resident within a
radius of200 hundred feet of the sex offender's residence shall be
deemed a neighbor).

Adds two Subdivisions to Section 507 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law
authorizing the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to 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, bear a lettered code designated to identify such person as
a registered sex offender. The Commissioner shall charge a $25 fee
for the replacement license.

The Commissioner shall create a statewide database establish
containing the registration information gathered. Such database
shall, upon request, be made available to State and local law
enforcement agencies.

JUSTIFICATION:
This legislation is aimed at protecting victims of sex offenders. Sex
offenders have one of the highest recidivism rates. 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 a different 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:
A.2536 - 2004
A.10091 - 2008

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

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

view full text
The Bill text is not available.

Comments

Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the nysenate.gov domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.