A09586 Summary:

Amd 2.10, CP L
Designates members of the security force of Mary Imogene Bassett hospital network as peace officers.
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A09586 Actions:

03/21/2016referred to codes
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A09586 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the criminal procedure law, in relation to granting peace officer status to officers and members of the security force of the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital Network   PURPOSE: To enhance the safety of patients, medical personnel and the public by granting peace officer status to the hospital's security officers.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one creates a new subdivision in the criminal procedure law to outline the limited terms and conditions under which peace officer status would be granted to security officers at the Bassett Healthcare Network. It lists the powers that might be exercised by such peace offi- cers only on, or immediately adjacent to, the grounds and properties of the hospital, its affiliates and clinics.   EXISTING LAW: Section 2.10 of the criminal procedure law lists those who may be desig- nated as peace officers. A modified or limited peace officer status has been granted by statute in the past to security officers at various hospitals and health care facilities. Most recently, chapters 502 and 504 of the Laws of 2012 granted peace officer status to security offi- cers of Kaleida Health and the University of Rochester Medical Center   JUSTIFICATION: Mary Imogene Hospital, also known as Bassett Health- care Network, affiliated with Columbia Medical School, operates and maintains six hospitals and multiple clinics across a large geographic area in rural portions of the state, where, in some cases, no local police department exists and where medical personnel experience extended response times by state or county law enforcement. Medical staff and personnel are experiencing increased numbers of dangerous encounters that require prompt law enforcement response. Behavioral emergencies within the Bassett Network involving violence increased by more than 300 percent between 2014 to 2015. Typical emer- gencies may include unauthorized individuals seeking narcotics, disrup- tive actions by psychiatric patients, threatening behaviors by noncusto- dial parents, etc. The extended response times that may occur jeopardize the safety of patients, students, visitors and medical and support staff. It should be noted that Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, in addition to serving as an acute care facility, is also an educational institution and a psychiatric hospital - a teaching hospital affiliated with Colum- bia Medical School. Its responsibility for safety is broad and multifac- eted. Bassett Healthcare Network's request has the support of local, county and state law enforcement agencies.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Ninety days after enactment
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A09586 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     March 21, 2016
        Introduced  by M. of A. MAGEE -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Codes
        AN ACT to amend the criminal procedure  law,  in  relation  to  granting
          peace  officer status to officers and members of the security force of
          the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital Network
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  Section  2.10 of the criminal procedure law is amended by
     2  adding a new subdivision 84 to read as follows:
     3    84. Officers and members  of  the  security  force  employed  by  Mary
     4  Imogene  Bassett  Hospital  within  and  directly  adjacent  to the Mary
     5  Imogene Bassett Hospital Campus in Cooperstown, New York, and affiliated
     6  hospitals and clinics owned or operated by Mary Imogene  Bassett  Hospi-
     7  tal,  and  so designated by the board of trustees of the hospital.  Such
     8  officers shall have only the powers enumerated in section  9.41  of  the
     9  mental  hygiene  law  and the powers listed in paragraphs (a), (b), (c),
    10  (d) and (h)  of  subdivision  one  of  section  2.20  of  this  article;
    11  provided,  however,  that nothing in this subdivision shall be deemed to
    12  authorize any such officer to carry, possess, repair  or  dispose  of  a
    13  firearm unless the appropriate license therefor has been issued pursuant
    14  to section 400.00 of the penal law.
    15    §  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
    16  have become a law.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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