senate Bill S7864

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires police agencies to take reports of missing adults whenever the adult is reported to be missing

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Jun 19, 2014 referred to governmental operations
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1631
Jun 16, 2014 referred to rules

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S7864 - Bill Details

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A10149
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง837-f-2, Exec L

S7864 - Bill Texts

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Requires police agencies to take reports of missing adults whenever the adult is reported to be missing.

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BILL NUMBER:S7864

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to
requiring police agencies to take reports of missing adults whenever
the adult is reported to be missing

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To amend the executive law in
relation to requiring police agencies to take reports of missing
adults whenever the adult is reported to be missing.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 sets forth that this act shall be known and may be cited as
"Lamont Dottin's law".

Section 2 establishes in the event a police agency receives a report
of a missing person, and such person does not qualify as a missing
child or an a vulnerable adult, the police agency shall collect the
information required to file an electronic report to the National
Crime Information Center Register. Within 24 hours of taking the
report, if the police agency has not been notified that the person has
been located, the police agency shall submit the report to the
National Crime Information Center Register.

JUSTIFICATION: Anita Fowler's son, LaMont Dottin, was a freshman at
Queens College (CUNY) when he disappeared on October 18, 1995 after
leaving his grandmother's house to mail a package to his mother, who
was in California. Dr. Fowler returned immediately to New York and
began searching for her son. She tried to report him as missing, but
due to police regulations she was unable to file a report until
November 13, 1995. Dr. Fowler searched for five years, when she found
that her son's body was found six days after she reported him as
missing and lay unidentified in a grave at Potter's Field since
February 1996. This legislation seeks to prevent future confusion and
heartache by requiring law enforcement to take a report whenever a
person is reported missing and send such report to the National Crime
Information Center Register.

This will create a permanent record of all reports of missing persons.
This will assist law enforcement in searching for such person if it is
determined subsequent that such person is indeed missing. Further, in
the event the missing person is located in either a hospital or a
morgue, this registry will assist in identifying the person and will
reunite the missing person with his or her family or, if the person is
deceased, it will help the family some semblance of closure.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7864

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 16, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SANDERS -- 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 requiring police agen-
  cies to take reports of missing adults whenever the adult is  reported
  to be missing

  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  "Lamont
Dottin's law".
  S  2.  The executive law is amended by adding a new section 837-f-2 to
read as follows:
  S 837-F-2. MISSING ADULTS. IN THE EVENT THAT A POLICE AGENCY  RECEIVES
A  REPORT  THAT  A PERSON IS MISSING FROM HIS OR HER NORMAL AND ORDINARY
PLACE OF RESIDENCE AND WHOSE  WHEREABOUTS  CANNOT  BE  DETERMINED  BY  A
PERSON  WHOSE  RELATIONSHIP WITH SUCH PERSON WOULD PLACE THEM IN A POSI-
TION TO HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR WHEREABOUTS,  AND  SUCH  MISSING  PERSON
DOES  NOT  QUALIFY  AS  EITHER A MISSING CHILD PURSUANT TO SECTION EIGHT
HUNDRED THIRTY-SEVEN-E OF THE EXECUTIVE LAW OR A VULNERABLE ADULT PURSU-
ANT TO EXECUTIVE LAW SECTION EIGHT HUNDRED THIRTY-SEVEN-1 OF THE  EXECU-
TIVE  LAW, THE POLICE AGENCY SHALL COLLECT INFORMATION NECESSARY TO FILE
AN ELECTRONIC REPORT WITH THE NATIONAL CRIME INFORMATION  CENTER  REGIS-
TER.  WITHIN  TWENTY-FOUR  HOURS  OF  COLLECTING THE INFORMATION, IF THE
POLICE AGENCY HAS NOT BEEN NOTIFIED THAT THE  MISSING  PERSON  HAS  BEEN
LOCATED,  THE  POLICE AGENCY SHALL SUBMIT AN ELECTRONIC REPORT REGARDING
THE MISSING PERSON WITH THE NATIONAL CRIME INFORMATION CENTER REGISTER.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
have become a law.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15562-04-4

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