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S02558 Summary:

BILL NOS02558
 
SAME ASSAME AS A00317
 
SPONSORGOLDEN
 
COSPNSRADDABBO, ALCANTARA, BOYLE, HELMING, HOYLMAN, KAMINSKY, KAVANAGH, ROBACH, SEPULVEDA, STAVISKY, TEDISCO
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add 837-t, Exec L
 
Relates to the creation of a crime database of all convictions in New York state of animal cruelty, fighting, neglect, abandonment and mistreatment; makes such crime database available to all law enforcement entities, district attorneys, duly incorporated humane societies, societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals, dog or cat protective associations and animal control officers.
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S02558 Actions:

BILL NOS02558
 
01/13/2017REFERRED TO FINANCE
01/03/2018REFERRED TO FINANCE
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S02558 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          2558
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                    IN SENATE
 
                                    January 13, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  Sen.  GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance
 
        AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to  the  creation  of  an
          animal cruelty and animal fighting database
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Legislative findings. Studies in psychology, sociology  and
     2  criminology  have  demonstrated  that  violent offenders frequently have
     3  childhood and adolescent histories of serious and repeated animal cruel-
     4  ty. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has recognized  this  connection
     5  since  the  1970s  when  its  analysis  of  the  lives of serial killers
     6  suggested that most had killed or tortured animals  during  their  life.
     7  Other  research  has  shown  consistent patterns of animal cruelty among
     8  perpetrators of more common forms of violence,  including  child  abuse,
     9  spouse  abuse, and elder abuse, leading the American Psychiatric Associ-
    10  ation to consider animal cruelty as one of the  diagnostic  criteria  of
    11  conduct disorder.
    12    §  2.  The  executive  law is amended by adding a new section 837-t to
    13  read as follows:
    14    § 837-t. Animal cruelty database.  1. The division shall establish and
    15  maintain a crime database of all convictions in New York state of animal
    16  cruelty,  animal  fighting,  animal  neglect,  animal  abandonment,  and
    17  mistreatment  of animals as set forth in article twenty-six of the agri-
    18  culture and markets law and the penal law  where  data  of  such  crimes
    19  shall  be  collected and displayed in a manner that facilitates analysis
    20  and the  protection  of  animals.  For  the  purpose  of  this  section,
    21  convictions  shall  also  include  pleas  to  a charge other than animal
    22  cruelty,  animal  fighting,  animal  neglect,  animal  abandonment,  and
    23  mistreatment  of animals as set forth in article twenty-six of the agri-
    24  culture and markets law and the penal law in satisfaction of the  animal
    25  cruelty,  animal  fighting,  animal neglect, animal abandonment or other
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01711-01-7

        S. 2558                             2
 
     1  animal mistreatment charge or where the animal cruelty, animal fighting,
     2  animal neglect, animal abandonment or other animal  mistreatment  charge
     3  has not resulted in a dismissal on the merits.
     4    2. Such crime database shall include, but not be limited to, names and
     5  ages  of  persons eighteen years of age or older who have been convicted
     6  of animal cruelty, animal fighting, animal neglect,  animal  abandonment
     7  and other laws pertaining to the mistreatment of animals as set forth in
     8  article twenty-six of the agriculture and markets law and the penal law,
     9  the  specific  acts  of animal cruelty, animal fighting, animal neglect,
    10  animal abandonment or the mistreatment of animals that were the basis of
    11  the conviction, the date or dates the acts took place,  and  the  county
    12  where such acts took place.
    13    3.  The  crime  database  shall be in print and in electronic form and
    14  shall be available to all law enforcement entities, district  attorneys,
    15  duly  incorporated  humane  societies,  societies  for the prevention of
    16  cruelty to animals, dog  and  cat  protective  associations  and  animal
    17  control officers.
    18    4.  Nothing  in  this  section shall be construed to limit or restrict
    19  municipalities from enacting or enforcing local laws, rules, regulations
    20  or ordinances establishing and maintaining an animal abuse  registry  or
    21  database  or other means of tracking or identifying persons charged with
    22  violating animal abuse laws.
    23    § 3. This act shall take effect twelve  months  after  it  shall  have
    24  become  a  law; provided, however, that effective immediately, the divi-
    25  sion of criminal justice services shall promulgate rules and regulations
    26  as it deems necessary to effectuate the purposes  of  this  act,  on  or
    27  before such effective date.
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