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|Jan 09, 2013||referred to finance|
senate Bill S811
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S811 - Details
S811 - Summary
Creates a state commission to investigate patterns and practices of unlawful or inappropriate conduct on the part of members of law enforcement personnel in NYS; provides that the commission shall consist of 9 members including 5 members appointed by chief judge of the court of appeals and 4 members appointed by legislative leaders.
S811 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S811 TITLE OF BILL: An act creating a state commission to investigate patterns and practices of unlawful or inappropriate conduct on the part of members of law enforcement personnel in New York state PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to create and empower a commission to conduct a comprehensive investigation of misconduct, abuse of power and political interference with respect to law enforcement personnel within the state and report to the legislature on structural changes that can be made to reform the institution. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The Commission shall consist of nine members to be appointed as follows: Five members, including the chair, shall be appointed by the chief judge of the New York state court of appeals; one member each shall be appointed by the temporary president of the senate, the speaker of the assembly, the minority leader of the senate and the minority leader of the assembly. The members of the commission shall be either former judges or distinguished professionals with significant law enforcement experience. Substantial consideration shall be given to
S811 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 811 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. ADAMS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to establish a state commission to investigate patterns and prac- tices of unlawful or inappropriate conduct on the part of members of law enforcement personnel in the state THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby finds and declares as follows: The legislation is necessitated by a troubling pattern and practice throughout at least three different gubernatorial administrations of inappropriate and possibly unlawful behavior by law enforcement person- nel in this state, largely emanating from the executive services detail of the division of state police. Most recently, this behavior took the form of possible intimidation of a female victim involved in a domestic violence dispute with a high ranking member of the Paterson adminis- tration. While this specific incident is being investigated, under the administrations of the two previous governors, there were several docu- mented instances where state troopers were also subject to improper political influence and used in ways that undermine the very fabric of our democracy. By way of example, in 2007, a scandal erupted involving former gover- nor Eliot Spitzer's use of state troopers to monitor and gather travel information about former temporary president of the senate Joseph Bruno for purposes of trying to discredit a political adversary. Under the Pataki administration, the division of state police was found to have electronically cleansed a domestic dispute complaint involving a poli- tical ally and former congressmember John Sweeney, in order to shield him from public scrutiny and embarrassment. These are just two of several occurrences that have already been documented by the department EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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