STATE OF NEW YORK
Cal. No. 871
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
February 3, 2011
Introduced by Sens. LANZA, O'MARA -- read twice and ordered printed, and
when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes -- recommitted
to the Committee on Codes in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 --
reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first report,
amended on first report, ordered to a second report and ordered
reprinted, retaining its place in the order of second report
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.