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A01492 Summary:

BILL NOA01492
 
SAME ASSAME AS S01415
 
SPONSOREnglebright
 
COSPNSRD'Urso, Otis
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add 71-0929, amd 71-0925, En Con L
 
Increases certain penalties and authorizes the payment of rewards for aid in the apprehension and conviction of persons guilty of certain felonies or misdemeanors relating to endangered and special species, species of special concern and illegal ivory articles and rhinoceros horns.
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A01492 Actions:

BILL NOA01492
 
01/12/2017referred to environmental conservation
05/16/2017reported referred to codes
01/03/2018referred to codes
02/13/2018reported
02/15/2018advanced to third reading cal.671
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A01492 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A1492
 
SPONSOR: Englebright
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to increasing certain penalties and authorizing the payment of rewards for aid in the apprehension and conviction of persons guilty of certain felonies or misdemeanors relating to endangered and special species, species of special concern and illegal ivory articles and rhinoceros horns   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to increase the penalties for violations involving endangered and threatened species.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would: * authorize rewards of up to $25,000 for information which leads to the detection, arrest and conviction of a person guilty of a felony or misdemeanor related to endangered or threatened species; * increase the endangered or threatened species civil penalty; * require the Department of Environmental Conservation to: o increase public awareness regarding the importance of protecting endangered and threatened species; o publicize laws protecting such species; and, o increase awareness of the existence of a reward.   JUSTIFICATION: Not only do endangered and threatened species add beauty and wonder to the natural world, but they provide diversity necessary for the mainte- nance for our ecosystems. This bill would help increase awareness of the need for protections of such species and provide additional deterrents to their harm.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2016: A.10474 - Passed the Assembly.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None to the State.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A01492 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          1492
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 12, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  ENGLEBRIGHT -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Environmental Conservation
 
        AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
          increasing  certain  penalties  and authorizing the payment of rewards
          for aid in the  apprehension  and  conviction  of  persons  guilty  of
          certain  felonies  or  misdemeanors relating to endangered and special
          species, species of special concern and  illegal  ivory  articles  and
          rhinoceros horns
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. The environmental conservation law is amended by  adding  a
     2  new section 71-0929 to read as follows:
     3  §  71-0929. Payment of rewards for aid in apprehension and conviction of
     4               persons guilty of felony or misdemeanor.
     5    The commissioner is authorized to offer and pay rewards  of  not  more
     6  than  twenty-five  thousand  dollars  for information which leads to the
     7  detection, arrest and conviction of a  person  guilty  of  a  felony  or
     8  misdemeanor  pursuant  to the provisions of section 11-0535 or 11-0535-a
     9  of this chapter; provided, however, that no police officer, as that term
    10  is defined under subdivision thirty-four of section 1.20 of the criminal
    11  procedure law, peace officer, as that term is defined in section 2.10 of
    12  the criminal procedure law, or  any  other  authorized  law  enforcement
    13  officer  or  official  shall  be  entitled,  directly  or indirectly, to
    14  collect or receive any such reward or part thereof.
    15    § 2. Subdivision 13 of section 71-0925 of the environmental  conserva-
    16  tion  law,  as amended by chapter 706 of the laws of 2005, is amended to
    17  read as follows:
    18    13. If the violation was an  act  prohibited  by  subdivision  two  of
    19  section  11-0535 or by section 11-0536 of this chapter, or by any lawful
    20  rule or regulation of the department promulgated pursuant  thereto,  not
    21  more  than [two] four thousand dollars, and an additional penalty of not
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01280-01-7

        A. 1492                             2
 
     1  more than [three] seven hundred [fifty] dollars for each  fish,  shellf-
     2  ish,  crustacea,  wildlife or part thereof involved in the violation. If
     3  the violation was an act prohibited by any regulation of the  department
     4  promulgated  pursuant  to  subdivision  three of section 11-0535 of this
     5  chapter, then such penalty shall be not more  than  [one]  two  thousand
     6  dollars,  and  an additional penalty of not more than [two] four hundred
     7  dollars for each fish, shellfish, crustacea, wildlife  or  part  thereof
     8  involved in the violation.
     9    §  3.  The commissioner of environmental conservation shall inform the
    10  public  of  the  importance  of  protecting  endangered  and  threatened
    11  species. Such commissioner shall also publicize the laws protecting such
    12  species  and  the  existence of a reward pursuant to section one of this
    13  act.
    14    § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
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