senate Bill S7775

Signed By Governor
2011-2012 Legislative Session

Establishes a voluntary surveillance access database

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

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Aug 01, 2012 signed chap.287
Jul 20, 2012 delivered to governor
Jun 21, 2012 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1449
substituted for s7775
Jun 21, 2012 substituted by a9380b
Jun 20, 2012 ordered to third reading cal.1449
Jun 18, 2012 referred to rules

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S7775 - Bill Details

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A9380B
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง718, Exec L

S7775 - Bill Texts

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Establishes a voluntary surveillance access database where residential homeowners and business owners may elect to have information and/or images obtained from their closed-circuit television or other electronic surveillance systems made available to law enforcement agencies.

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BILL NUMBER:S7775

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to
establishing a voluntary surveillance access database

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of the bill is to authorize the New York State Division of
Homeland Security and Emergency Services to establish and maintain a
confidential database that can help law enforcement agencies after a
crime has been committed.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Establishing a new section 718 to the executive law that will be
voluntary, confidential, and accessible to law enforcement agencies
upon request. Residential home owners and business owners will have
the option registering the location of surveillance cameras along with
the contact name and information of the owner of such equipment.

JUSTIFICATION:
Law enforcement agencies will have the ability to find locations of
privately owned surveillance cameras in a specific area in response to
a criminal investigation. After a crime has been committed, detectives
usually have to go door to door in order to find out who has
surveillance cameras, this method can be time consuming and
differences in many surveillance systems can cause evidence to be
erased or recorded over if not detected in time. Residents are only
registering their surveillance system locations. They are under no
obligation to make those images available and can withdraw from the
database at any time. The database is confidential and shall not be
made available for disclosure or inspection under the state freedom of
information law unless a subpoena or other court order directs the
owner to release such information or image.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it
shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective
immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or
regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its
effective date are authorized and directed to be made ad completed on
or before such effective date.

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

                                  7775

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 18, 2012
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing a  volun-
  tary surveillance access database

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

  Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 718 to
read as follows:
  S 718. VOLUNTARY SURVEILLANCE ACCESS DATABASE. 1. THE  DIVISION  SHALL
ESTABLISH  A  VOLUNTARY SURVEILLANCE ACCESS DATABASE TO BE MADE ACCESSI-
BLE, UPON WRITTEN REQUEST, TO ANY  LAW  ENFORCEMENT  AGENCY  SOLELY  FOR
PURPOSES OF A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION.
  2.  RESIDENTIAL HOME OWNERS AND BUSINESS OWNERS WHO MAINTAIN A CLOSED-
CIRCUIT TELEVISION OR OTHER ELECTRONIC  VIDEO  SURVEILLANCE  SYSTEM  MAY
ELECT  TO  REGISTER  SUCH  INFORMATION,  LIMITED TO THE LOCATION OF SUCH
SYSTEM AND THE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE  OWNER,  WITH  THE  VOLUNTARY
SURVEILLANCE  ACCESS DATABASE.   SUCH OWNERS MAY WITHDRAW SUCH REGISTRA-
TION FROM THE DATABASE AT ANY TIME.
  3. REGISTRATION INFORMATION FROM SUCH DATABASE SHALL BE KEPT CONFIDEN-
TIAL AND SHALL NOT BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR DISCLOSURE OR INSPECTION  UNDER
THE  STATE  FREEDOM  OF INFORMATION LAW UNLESS A SUBPOENA OR OTHER COURT
ORDER DIRECTS THE DIVISION TO RELEASE SUCH INFORMATION OR IMAGE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate-
ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal  of  any  rule  or  regulation
necessary  for  the implementation of this act on its effective date are
authorized and directed to be made  and  completed  on  or  before  such
effective date.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14235-09-2

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