senate Bill S6418

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Prohibits the use of robots by police agencies

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Codes Committee


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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 05, 2022 referred to codes
Apr 27, 2021 referred to codes

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S6418 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add §837-w, Exec L

S6418 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits the use of weaponized robots, non-weaponized robots which may potentially cause injury, or robots being used for surveillance purposes by police agencies.

S6418 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6418 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   6418
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              April 27, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sen. BRISPORT -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes
 
 AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to prohibiting the use of
   robots by police agencies
 
   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 837-w
 to read as follows:
   § 837-W. USE OF ROBOTS PROHIBITED. 1.   DEFINITIONS. AS USED  IN  THIS
 SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
   (A)  "ROBOT"  MEANS  AN ARTIFICIAL OBJECT OR SYSTEM THAT SENSES, PROC-
 ESSES AND ACTS, TO AT LEAST SOME DEGREE, AND IS OPERATED EITHER  AUTONO-
 MOUSLY BY COMPUTERS OR BY AN INDIVIDUAL REMOTELY;
   (B)  "WEAPON"  MEANS  A  DEVICE  DESIGNED  TO INFLICT PHYSICAL INJURY,
 INCLUDING NONLETHAL INJURY;
   (C) "SURVEILLANCE" MEANS ANY OBSERVATION OR MONITORING OF CIVILIANS.
   2. NO POLICE AGENCY SHALL AUTHORIZE THE USE, ATTEMPTED USE OR  THREAT-
 ENED USE OF A ROBOT ARMED WITH ANY WEAPON.
   3.  NO POLICE AGENCY SHALL AUTHORIZE THE USE, ATTEMPTED USE OR THREAT-
 ENED USE OF A ROBOT IN ANY MANNER THAT  CAN  POTENTIALLY  CAUSE  INJURY,
 REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT THE ROBOT IS ARMED WITH A WEAPON.
   4.  NO POLICE AGENCY SHALL AUTHORIZE THE USE, ATTEMPTED USE OR THREAT-
 ENED USE OF A ROBOT FOR SURVEILLANCE PURPOSES.
   § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD11115-01-1


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