BILL NO A08541
SAME AS No same as
SPONSOR Meng (MS)
COSPNSR Barclay, Benedetto, Boyle, Crouch, Curran, Duprey, Galef, Hawley,
Johns, Markey, McKevitt, Miller M, Murray, Raia, Reilich, Roberts,
Russell, Saladino, Sweeney, Tedisco, Tenney, Weprin, Zebrowski,
MLTSPNSR Braunstein, Ceretto, Latimer, Magee, McDonough, McEneny, McLaughlin,
Add S260.22, Pen L
Requires parents, foster parents, legal guardians, caretakers or other
responsible adults to notify law enforcement of the death of a child,
accidental or otherwise, within a timely manner.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
July 20, 2011
Introduced by M. of A. MENG, BARCLAY, BENEDETTO, BOYLE, CROUCH, CURRAN,
DUPREY, GALEF, HAWLEY, JOHNS, MARKEY, McKEVITT, M. MILLER, MURRAY,
RAIA, REILICH, ROBERTS, RUSSELL, SALADINO, SWEENEY, TEDISCO, TENNEY,
WEPRIN, ZEBROWSKI -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. BRAUNSTEIN, LATIM-
ER, MAGEE, McENENY, McLAUGHLIN, RABBITT -- read once and referred to
the Committee on Codes
AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to requiring parents, foster
parents, legal guardians, caretakers or other responsible adults to
notify law enforcement of the death of a child, accidental or other-
wise, within a timely manner
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 260.22 to
2 read as follows:
3 § 260.22 Failure to report the death of a child.
4 A person is guilty of failure to report the death of a child when:
5 1. Being a parent, guardian, foster parent or other person legally
6 charged with the care or custody of a child less than sixteen years old
7 who dies in this state, he or she fails or refuses without lawful excuse
8 to report the death of the child, accidental or otherwise, or cause to
9 have a report of the death of a child made to the police department in
10 the town, city or county where the minor last resided or was visiting at
11 the time of the death as soon as practicable, but in any event within
12 twenty-four hours of the death.
13 2. a. Nothing in this section shall prohibit any other person from
14 reporting a child death in accordance with the provisions of this
15 section or affect other reporting requirements under state law.
16 b. Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the making of
17 more than one report of any death as provided in this section.
18 Failure to report the death of a child is a class D felony.
19 § 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
20 become a law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.