|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 05, 2022||referred to codes|
|Apr 27, 2021||referred to codes|
senate Bill S6418
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S6418 (ACTIVE) - Details
S6418 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S6418 SPONSOR: BRISPORT TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to prohibiting the use of robots by police agencies SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one of this bill adds a new section 937-w to the executive law, prohibiting the use of robotic devices by police agencies, where such devices are equipped with weapons or used for surveillance purposes. Section two provides that this act shall take effect immediately. JUSTIFICATION: In April 2021, the NYPD was spotted deploying a robotic dog at a NYCHA public housing building on East 28th Street in New York City. Residents reported being scared and intimidated by the "surreal" robotic device, and have compared the scene to that of a dystopian movie.
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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