senate Bill S553

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Authorizes the forest ranger force to establish a training program for volunteer search and rescue personnel to assist the forest rangers

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Apr 19, 2012 referred to environmental conservation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Mar 29, 2012 advanced to third reading
Mar 28, 2012 2nd report cal.
Mar 27, 2012 1st report cal.458
Jan 04, 2012 referred to environmental conservation
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 20, 2011 referred to environmental conservation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1409
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jun 07, 2011 reported and committed to finance
Jan 05, 2011 referred to environmental conservation

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Mar 27, 2012 - Environmental Conservation committee Vote

S553
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committee
13
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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Environmental Conservation Committee Vote: Mar 27, 2012

excused (1)

Jun 20, 2011 - Rules committee Vote

S553
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committee
23
Aye
0
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Jun 7, 2011 - Environmental Conservation committee Vote

S553
12
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committee
12
Aye
0
Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Environmental Conservation Committee Vote: Jun 7, 2011

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S553 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5016
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง9-0105, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S3652, A8537

S553 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes the forest ranger force to establish a training program for volunteer search and rescue personnel to assist the forest rangers in wild, remote and forested areas of the state.

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BILL NUMBER:S553

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to authorizing
the forest ranger force to establish a training program for volunteer
wild land search and rescue personnel

PURPOSE:
To authorize the DEC forest rangers to establish, direct and maintain
a program for the purposes of training and credentialing volunteer,
wild land search and rescue personnel.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1- Amends subdivision 18 of section 9-0105 of the
environmental conservation law, as added by chapter 617 of the laws
of 1984 to add a new paragraph (b) to authorize the DEC forest
rangers to establish direct and maintain a program for the purposes
of training and credentialing volunteer, wild land search and rescue
personnel to assist and respond along with forest ranger forces to
search for lost and missing persons in wild, remote and forested
areas of the state.

Section 2 - This act shall take effect immediately.

EXISTING LAW:
Subdivision 18 of section 9-0105 of the environmental conservation
law, as added by chapter 617 of the laws of 1984, relates to search
and rescue programs established, operated and maintained by the
Department of Environmental Conservation.

JUSTIFICATION:
This proposal would provide training and credentials for volunteer
search and rescue groups so that these groups are encouraged to
organize and participate in search and rescue operations. The
participation of volunteer search and rescue groups will benefit the
public by providing additional resources to respond in emergency
situations where lost or missing persons are in need of assistance,
the Training that is provided by the Department's forest rangers to
these volunteer groups will help ensure that volunteer search and
rescue efforts are conducted in a safe and effective manner. Well
trained volunteer search and rescue groups are very important since
the Department has limited resources and must conduct approximately
225 search and rescue efforts per year in wild remote and forested
areas of the state.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009/10: S.3652/A.8537; Referred to Environmental Conservation.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.


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

                                   553

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LITTLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation

AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
  authorizing  the  forest  ranger force to establish a training program
  for volunteer wild land search and rescue personnel

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  18  of  section  9-0105 of the environmental
conservation law, as added by chapter  617  of  the  laws  of  1984,  is
amended to read as follows:
  18.  A. Establish, operate and maintain a search and rescue program in
fire towns and fire districts of the state. For  the  purposes  of  this
section  fire towns shall mean such towns provided for in section 9-1107
of this chapter and fire districts  shall  be  deemed  to  be  the  fire
protection  areas  provided  for  in  section 9-1109 of this chapter and
regulations promulgated pursuant to  the  authority  of  such  sections.
Pursuant to such program the forest ranger force of the department shall
have the authority to organize, direct and execute search operations for
lost  persons  or  civilian  aircraft  and conduct rescue operations for
persons injured or in serious danger of injury in the wild,  remote  and
forested  areas  of fire towns and fire districts of the state; provided
that, where criminal conduct is suspected or fugitive search is involved
such search or rescue operations shall be conducted under the  jurisdic-
tion of the appropriate law enforcement agency.  Search and rescue oper-
ations  outside of fire towns and fire districts may be conducted by the
forest ranger force upon request of the agency  conducting  such  opera-
tion.
  B. PURSUANT TO SUCH PROGRAM, THE FOREST RANGER FORCE OF THE DEPARTMENT
SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH, DIRECT AND MAINTAIN A PROGRAM FOR
THE  PURPOSE  OF  TRAINING AND CREDENTIALING VOLUNTEER, WILD LAND SEARCH

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02057-01-1

S. 553                              2

AND RESCUE PERSONNEL TO ASSIST AND RESPOND ALONG WITH THE FOREST  RANGER
FORCE  TO  SEARCH  FOR  LOST AND MISSING PERSONS IN THE WILD, REMOTE AND
FORESTED AREAS OF THE STATE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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