senate Bill S6750

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Enacts the expedited missing persons' identification act

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

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Sep 03, 2014 signed chap.331
Aug 25, 2014 delivered to governor
Jun 17, 2014 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1470
substituted for s6750
Jun 17, 2014 substituted by a9006
ordered to third reading cal.1470
committee discharged and committed to rules
Mar 06, 2014 referred to finance

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S6750 - Bill Details

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A9006
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §838, Exec L

S6750 - Bill Texts

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Enacts the expedited missing persons' identification act.

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BILL NUMBER:S6750

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to
enacting the expedited missing persons' identification act

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 designates the title of this bill.

Section 2 would amend section 838 of the Executive Law to require DCJS
to promptly make available personal descriptions and other identifying
data of unidentified deceased persons found to all law enforcement
agencies in the state, and upon request, to agencies outside of the
state. This provision excludes DNA data and other invasive
investigative information that family members may object to.

Section 3 would provide for the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

This bill would create an expedited notification process where DCJS
would be required to promptly send personal descriptions and other
identifying information of discovered unidentified deceased persons to
all law enforcement agencies in the state, and upon request, to other
jurisdictions. This would allow law enforcement agencies to compare
the information received from DCJS to their files of missing persons.
Through this notification process, law enforcement would be able to
collaborate with DCJS and other police agencies in order to correctly
identify deceased individuals and reduce the time it takes for law
enforcement to make proper identification.

An expedited process will strengthen the investigation by ensuring the
prompt utilization and preservation of evidence. It will aid in the
preservation of the human dignity of the deceased by speeding up the
ceremonial processes which occur once a body is reclaimed. Most
importantly, it will bring closure to the grieving family and
community of the deceased. This bill will also give families the
opportunity to file an objection more rapidly to prevent an autopsy of
a deceased person which is their right under current law.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become a law.

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

                                  6750

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 6, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. SQUADRON -- 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 enacting the expedited
  missing persons' identification act

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

  Section  1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "expedited
missing persons' identification act."
  S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 838 of the executive law,  as  added  by
chapter 670 of the laws of 1982, is amended to read as follows:
  1.  Every  county medical examiner and coroner shall furnish the divi-
sion promptly with copies of fingerprints on standardized eight inch  by
eight  inch fingerprint cards, personal descriptions and other identify-
ing data, including date and place of death,  of  all  deceased  persons
whose  deaths  are  in a classification requiring inquiry by the coroner
where the deceased is not identified or the medical examiner or  coroner
is  not satisfied with the decedent's identification. THE DIVISION SHALL
PROMPTLY MAKE AVAILABLE  PERSONAL  DESCRIPTIONS  AND  OTHER  IDENTIFYING
DATA, INCLUDING DATE AND PLACE OF DEATH, OF SUCH DECEASED PERSONS TO ALL
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN THE STATE, AND UPON REQUEST, TO LAW ENFORCE-
MENT AGENCIES OUTSIDE OF THE STATE.
  S  3. This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become a
law.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14243-03-4

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