STATE OF NEW YORK
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
February 15, 2011
Introduced by M. of A. TITONE, GIBSON, ORTIZ, CASTRO, GUNTHER, WEPRIN,
MILLMAN, WEISENBERG, SCARBOROUGH, GALEF, ZEBROWSKI, HOOPER, M. MILLER,
JAFFEE -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ABBATE, ARROYO, BARCLAY,
BOYLAND, BURLING, CALHOUN, CERETTO, COLTON, CONTE, CORWIN, CROUCH,
DUPREY, FINCH, GOTTFRIED, HAWLEY, HIKIND, LUPARDO, MAGNARELLI, MAISEL,
MARKEY, McENENY, McKEVITT, MENG, MONTESANO, OAKS, PERRY, RAIA, REILLY,
ROBINSON, SALADINO, SCHIMEL, SCHIMMINGER, TOBACCO -- read once and
referred to the Committee on Codes -- recommitted to the Committee on
Codes in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee
discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
to said committee
AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to dissemination of false
information about a missing child
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 240.49 to
2 read as follows:
3 § 240.49 Dissemination of false missing child information.
4 A person is guilty of dissemination of false missing child information
5 when, knowing the information he or she reported, conveyed, circulated
6 or disseminated is false or baseless, he or she states or reports, by
7 any means, that a child is a missing child as defined in subdivision one
8 of section eight hundred thirty-seven-e of the executive law, and as a
9 result of such report, conveyance, circulation or dissemination, public
10 funds were expended to investigate and/or locate the purported missing
12 Dissemination of false missing child information is a class E felony.
13 § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-
14 ing the date on which it shall have become a law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.