|SAME AS||SAME AS S01415|
|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.|
|01/12/2017||referred to environmental conservation|
|05/16/2017||reported referred to codes|
|01/03/2018||referred to codes|
|02/15/2018||advanced to third reading cal.671|
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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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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. LBD01280-01-7A. 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.