Bill Text: NY S02286 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Relates to reports on untested sexual offense evidence collection kits; requires law enforcement agencies to report to the division of criminal justice services on the number of tested and untested sexual offense evidence collection kits; requires the division to report on the results of such report to the legislature.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-23 - REFERRED TO FINANCE [S02286 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S02286-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          2286
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 23, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by Sens. SANDERS, KRUEGER -- 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  reports  on  untested
          sexual offense evidence collection kits
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section  837-t
     2  to read as follows:
     3    §  837-t.  Untested sexual offense evidence collection kit reports. 1.
     4  As used in this section, the following terms shall  have  the  following
     5  meanings:
     6    (a)  "Forensic medical examination" shall mean an examination provided
     7  to the victim of a sexual offense by a  health  care  provider  for  the
     8  purpose of gathering and preserving evidence of a sexual offense for use
     9  in a court of law;
    10    (b)  "Sexual  offense  evidence  collection  kit"  shall  mean a human
    11  biological specimen or specimens collected by  a  health  care  provider
    12  during  a  forensic  medical  examination  from  the  victim of a sexual
    13  offense; and
    14    (c) "Untested sexual offense evidence collection  kit"  shall  mean  a
    15  sexual  offense  evidence  collection kit that has not been submitted to
    16  the New York state police laboratory or a similar  qualified  laboratory
    17  for either a serology or deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test.
    18    2. By July first, two thousand nineteen, and every first of July ther-
    19  eafter,  all  law  enforcement  agencies  responsible for the taking and
    20  processing of sexual offense evidence collection kits shall  conduct  an
    21  inventory  of all such kits being stored by the agency and report all of
    22  the following to the division:
    23    (a) the number of sexual offense  evidence  collection  kits  the  law
    24  enforcement agency collects;
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD07097-01-9

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     1    (b)  the  number  of  sexual offense evidence collection kits that are
     2  tested; and
     3    (c) the number of untested sexual offense evidence collection kits and
     4  the reason such kits remain untested.
     5    3.  By  the  first of January, two thousand twenty, and every first of
     6  January thereafter, the division shall prepare and transmit a report  to
     7  the  appropriate  policy  committees  of the legislature summarizing the
     8  information the division receives pursuant to subdivision  two  of  this
     9  section.
    10    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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