senate Bill S6544

Vetoed By Governor
2011-2012 Legislative Session

Provides that investigators within the division of state police who completed three continuous years or more shall not be demoted without a hearing

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  • Delivered to Governor
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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Oct 03, 2012 vetoed memo.168
Sep 21, 2012 delivered to governor
Jun 06, 2012 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading cal.436
substituted for a9431
May 30, 2012 referred to codes
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 21, 2012 advanced to third reading
May 16, 2012 2nd report cal.
May 15, 2012 1st report cal.806
Feb 24, 2012 referred to finance

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S6544 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9431
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง215, Exec L

S6544 - Bill Texts

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Grants those assigned or employed for three continuous years as investigators and senior investigators in the bureau of criminal investigation or as a station commander, corporal, zone commander, zone sergeant, first sergeant, staff sergeant, captain or major within the division of state police protection from removal or other disciplinary action without a hearing.

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BILL NUMBER:S6544

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the executive law, in relation to longevity in title for
investigative employees of the division of state police

PURPOSE:
The purpose of this legislation is to grant longevity in title to
members of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) holding the ranks
of Investigator and Senior Investigator and those members of the Uniform
Force holding the ranks of Station Commander, Zone Commander, Corporal,
Zone Sergeant, First Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, Captain or Major.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
This bill would provide that members of the Division of State Police who
hold the above listed appointed ranks and who have completed three (3)
continuous years or more of service in that rank shall not be demoted
without a hearing.

EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER:
This bill would provide that members of the Division of State Police who
hold the above listed appointed ranks and who have completed three (3)
continuous years or more of service in that rank shall not be demoted
without a hearing.

JUSTIFICATION:
There are currently more than 1,200 members of the New York State Police
holding the ranks of Investigator, Senior Investigator, Station Comman-
der, Zone Commander, Zone Sergeant, Corporal, First Sergeant, Staff
Sergeant, Captain or Major. These positions are non-competitive, with
appointment being made by the Superintendent of State Police on the
basis of merit, but without competitive examination.

This legislation would simply extend to the State Police detective force
and certain uniform force ranks the same longevity in title provisions
now applying to other police departments within New York State; namely
that after three continuous years of service in such positions, they may
only be removed in accordance with the protection afforded by Section 75
of the Civil Service Law. This measure would prevent demotion, while
permitting reduction in rank if based upon reasons of economy, consol-
idation or abolition of functions.

Promotion to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and to those appointed
ranks in the Uniform Force should afford the same protection of rights
that is enjoyed by police officers in other New York police departments.
By having a fair process for demotion from these ranks that is based on
just cause and due process, protects those members from the arbitrary
and inconsistent application of discipline and insures the integrity of
the agency. That process does not exist now.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6544

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 24, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GALLIVAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to longevity in title for
  investigative employees of the division of state police

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  3  of  section  215 of the executive law, as
amended by chapter 478 of the laws  of  2004,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  3.  The  sworn members of the New York state police shall be appointed
by the superintendent and permanent appointees may  be  removed  by  the
superintendent  only after a hearing.  MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED OR
APPOINTED AS INVESTIGATORS OR SENIOR  INVESTIGATORS  IN  THE  BUREAU  OF
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OR AS A STATION COMMANDER, CORPORAL, ZONE COMMAN-
DER, ZONE SERGEANT, FIRST SERGEANT, STAFF SERGEANT, CAPTAIN OR MAJOR FOR
A  PERIOD  OF  THREE  CONTINUOUS YEARS OR MORE MAY BE REMOVED OR DEMOTED
FROM SUCH ASSIGNMENT OR APPOINTMENT ONLY AFTER A HEARING, THE  PROCEDURE
OF  WHICH  SHALL BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH REGULATIONS ADOPTED BY THE SUPER-
INTENDENT OF STATE POLICE; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT A HEARING  SHALL  NOT
BE REQUIRED WHEN REDUCTION IN RANK FROM SUCH POSITION IS BASED SOLELY ON
REASONS  OF  THE  ECONOMY,  CONSOLIDATION  OR  ABOLITION  OF  FUNCTIONS,
CURTAILMENT OF ACTIVITIES OR OTHERWISE. No person shall be appointed  to
the New York state police force as a sworn member unless he or she shall
be  a  citizen  of the United States, between the ages of twenty-one and
twenty-nine years except that in the  superintendent's  discretion,  the
maximum  age  may  be extended to thirty-five years. Notwithstanding any
other provision of law or any general or special law to the contrary the
time spent on military duty, not exceeding a total of six  years,  shall
be  subtracted  from  the age of any applicant who has passed his or her
twenty-ninth birthday, solely for the purpose of  permitting  qualifica-
tion  as  to  age  and  for no other purpose. Such limitations as to age
however shall not apply to persons appointed to the positions  of  coun-
sel,  first  assistant  counsel, assistant counsel, and assistant deputy
superintendent for employee relations nor to any person appointed to the

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09546-02-2

S. 6544                             2

bureau of criminal investigation pursuant to section two hundred sixteen
of this article nor shall any person be appointed unless he or  she  has
fitness  and  good  moral character and shall have passed a physical and
mental  examination based upon standards provided by the rules and regu-
lations of the superintendent. Appointments shall be made for  a  proba-
tionary  period  which, in the case of appointees required to attend and
complete a basic training program at the  state  police  academy,  shall
include  such  time  spent  attending the basic school and terminate one
year after successful completion thereof. All other sworn members  shall
be  subject  to  a  probationary  period  of  one  year from the date of
appointment. Following satisfactory completion of the probationary peri-
od the member shall be a permanent appointee. Voluntary  resignation  or
withdrawal  from the New York state police during such appointment shall
be submitted to the superintendent for approval.  Reasonable time  shall
be  required  to  account for all equipment issued or for debts or obli-
gations to the state to be satisfied. Resignation or withdrawal from the
division during a time of emergency, so declared by the governor,  shall
not  be approved if contrary to the best interest of the state and shall
be a misdemeanor. No sworn member removed from the New York state police
shall be eligible for reappointment. The superintendent shall make rules
and regulations subject to approval by the governor for  the  discipline
and  control  of  the  New York state police and for the examination and
qualifications of applicants for appointment as members thereto and such
examinations shall be held and conducted by the  superintendent  subject
to  such  rules  and  regulations.  The  superintendent is authorized to
charge a fee of twenty dollars as an  application  fee  for  any  person
applying  to take a competitive examination for the position of trooper,
and a fee of five dollars for any competitive examination for a civilian
position. The superintendent shall promulgate regulations subject to the
approval of the director of the budget, to provide for a waiver  of  the
application fee when the fee would cause an unreasonable hardship on the
applicant and to establish a fee schedule and charge fees for the use of
state police facilities.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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