A10278 Summary:

BILL NOA10278A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S07987-A
 
SPONSOROtis
 
COSPNSRLentol, Joyner
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §838, Exec L
 
Relates to the identification of unknown dead and missing persons; requires the county medical examiner and coroner to provide certain information to the division of criminal justice services and to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System created by the Office of Justice Program's National Institute of Justice.
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A10278 Actions:

BILL NOA10278A
 
05/20/2016referred to governmental operations
06/01/2016reported referred to codes
06/06/2016reported referred to rules
06/07/2016amend and recommit to rules 10278a
06/08/2016reported
06/08/2016rules report cal.205
06/08/2016ordered to third reading rules cal.205
06/14/2016passed assembly
06/14/2016delivered to senate
06/14/2016REFERRED TO RULES
06/16/2016SUBSTITUTED FOR S7987A
06/16/20163RD READING CAL.1913
06/16/2016PASSED SENATE
06/16/2016RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
07/13/2016delivered to governor
07/21/2016signed chap.153
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A10278 Committee Votes:

GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS Chair:Peoples-Stokes DATE:06/01/2016AYE/NAY:12/0 Action: Favorable refer to committee Codes
Peoples-StokesAyeDupreyExcused
GalefAyeGoodellAye
BenedettoAyeJohnsAye
GlickAyeLalorAye
SchimelAye
KimExcused
BuchwaldAye
DilanAye
BichotteAye
BlakeAye

CODES Chair:Lentol DATE:06/06/2016AYE/NAY:21/0 Action: Favorable refer to committee Rules
LentolAyeGrafAye
SchimmingerAyeGiglioAye
WeinsteinAyeMcKevittAye
HevesiAyeMontesanoAye
WrightAbsentRaAye
PretlowAyeTenneyAye
CookAye
CymbrowitzAye
TitusAye
O'DonnellAye
LavineAye
PerryAye
ZebrowskiAye
AbinantiAye
WeprinAye
MosleyAye

RULES Chair:Heastie DATE:06/08/2016AYE/NAY:29/0 Action: Favorable
HeastieAyeKolbAye
GottfriedAyeTediscoAye
LentolAyeOaksAye
FarrellAyeButlerAye
GanttAyeCrouchAye
NolanExcusedFinchAye
WeinsteinAyeBarclayAye
HooperAyeRaiaAye
OrtizAyeDupreyAye
PretlowAye
CookAye
GlickAye
MorelleAye
AubryAye
EnglebrightAye
WrightAye
DinowitzAye
ColtonAye
MagnarelliAye
PerryAye
MarkeyAye

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A10278 Floor Votes:

DATE:06/14/2016Assembly Vote  YEA/NAY: 139/0
AbbateYCrespoYGottfriedYLopezYPalumboYSimonER
AbinantiYCrouchYGrafYLupardoYPaulinYSimotasY
ArroyoYCurranYGuntherYLupinacciYPeoples-StokesYSkartadosY
AubryYCusickYHarrisYMageeYPerryYSkoufisY
BarclayYCymbrowitzYHawleyYMagnarelliYPichardoYSolagesY
BarrettYDavilaYHevesiYMalliotakisYPretlowYStecY
BarronYDenDekkerYHikindYMarkeyYQuartYSteckY
BenedettoYDilanYHooperYMayerYRaYStirpeY
BichotteYDinowitzYHunterYMcDonaldYRaiaYTediscoY
BlakeYDiPietroERHyndmanYMcDonoughYRamosYTenneyY
BlankenbushYDupreyYJaffeeYMcKevittYRichardsonYThieleY
BrabenecYEnglebrightYJean-PierreYMcLaughlinYRiveraYTitoneY
BraunsteinYFahyYJohnsYMillerYRobinsonYTitusY
BrennanERFarrellYJoynerYMontesanoYRodriguezYWalkerY
BrindisiYFinchERKatzYMorelleYRosenthalYWalterER
BronsonYFitzpatrickYKavanaghYMosleyYRozicYWeinsteinY
BuchwaldYFriendYKearnsYMoyaYRussellYWeprinY
ButlerYGalefYKimYMurrayYRyanYWilliamsY
CahillYGanttYKolbYNojayERSaladinoYWoernerY
CancelYGarbarinoYLalorYNolanYSantabarbaraYWozniakY
CastorinaYGiglioYLavineYOaksYSchimelYWrightER
CerettoYGjonajYLawrenceYO'DonnellERSchimmingerYZebrowskiY
ColtonYGlickYLentolYOrtizYSeawrightYMr. SpeakerY
CookYGoldfederYLiftonYOtisYSepulvedaY
CorwinYGoodellYLinaresYPalmesanoYSimanowitzER

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A10278 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A10278A
 
SPONSOR: Otis
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the identification of unknown dead and missing persons   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of this legislation amends subsection 1 of section 838 of the Executive Law, creating a requirement that, upon receipt of unidentified remains, all county medical examiners will be required to report identi- fying information of those remains to the National Missing and Unidenti- fied Persons System. This legislation also updates the language of the existing section regarding copies of fingerprints to include "or the equivalent digital image", an option currently utilized by medical exam- iners. Section 2 specifies that this act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall become law.   JUSTIFICATION: Nationwide, medical examiners and coroners handle approximately 4,400 unidentified human decedent cases annually, nearly a quarter of which remain unidentified after one year. Many remains are buried without identification. It is estimated that only 15% of unidentified remains are reported to federal databases. To remedy this situation, the US Department of Justice established and maintains the National Missing and Unidentified Remains System (NamUs) that serves as a national database of information pertaining to unidentified remains. The identifying information, which is entered online by medical examiners, can then be accessed by law enforcement agencies and family members who are trying to find their missing loved ones. The staggering number of missing and unidentified remains in the United States signals the need for every state to improve their requirements for sharing this information with federal and other state authorities. Under current law, all county medical examiners in the state are required to report information about unidentified remains to the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services. Some, but not all, medical exam- iner offices voluntarily report identifying information of these remains to the NamUs System. However, there is presently no state law require- ment that they convey this information to the national NamUs database. This legislation would promote more comprehensive sharing of identifying information by including reporting to NamUs in the state statute that covers the reporting of unidentified remains by coroners and medical examiners. By requiring all medical examiners in the state to report all identify- ing information on unidentified remains to NamUs, there will be a great- er chance that a law enforcement agency or family member will be able to identify the remains as those of a specific missing person. This legis- lation will strengthen the probability of identifying remains, help to solve crimes and, perhaps most importantly, bring closure to families of missing individuals.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State of New York   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become law.
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A10278 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                        10278--A
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      May 20, 2016
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. OTIS, LENTOL, JOYNER -- read once and referred to
          the  Committee  on Governmental Operations -- reported and referred to
          the Committee on Codes -- reported and referred to  the  Committee  on
          Rules  --  Rules Committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted
          as amended and recommitted to the Committee on Rules
 
        AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to the identification  of
          unknown dead and missing persons
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section  838  of  the  executive  law,  as
     2  amended  by  chapter  331  of  the  laws  of 2014, is amended to read as
     3  follows:
     4    1. Every county medical examiner and coroner  shall  promptly  furnish
     5  the  division  [promptly]  and  the  National  Missing  and Unidentified
     6  Persons System created by  the  Office  of  Justice  Program's  National
     7  Institute  of Justice, with copies of fingerprints on standardized eight
     8  inch by eight inch fingerprint cards or the  equivalent  digital  image,
     9  personal  descriptions  and  other  identifying data, including date and
    10  place of death, of all deceased persons whose deaths are  in  a  classi-
    11  fication  requiring inquiry by the medical examiner or coroner where the
    12  deceased is not identified or the medical examiner  or  coroner  is  not
    13  satisfied with the decedent's identification. The division shall prompt-
    14  ly  make  available  personal  descriptions  and other identifying data,
    15  including date and place of death, of such deceased persons to  all  law
    16  enforcement  agencies in the state, and upon request, to law enforcement
    17  agencies outside of the state.
    18    § 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
    19  have become a law.
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD15326-02-6
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