|SAME AS||SAME AS S06714-B|
|COSPNSR||Buttenschon, Thiele, Zaccaro, Gunther, Benedetto, Zebrowski, Otis, Rozic, Fahy, McDonough, DeStefano, McGowan, Brown K, Joyner, Wallace, Sayegh, Colton, Slater, Angelino, Davila, Woerner, Flood, Gallahan, Bores, Novakhov|
|Establishes the New York state organized retail crime task force to provide the governor and the legislature with information on organized retail crime and various countermeasures to counter losses from such crime in the state.|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A6568B SPONSOR: McDonald
TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to establishing the New York state organized retail crime task force; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To create an organized retail crime task force that will review current laws and provide legislative and regulatory recommendations to help prevent such crime, enhance consumer protections and address the econom- ic impact in New York State.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Creation of the task force; Section 2. Fifteen, members including: Eight members appointed by the governor, six without recommendation including one member of law enforcement; one member appointed by the governor upon the recommenda- tion of the Retail Council; one member appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union; two members appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; two members appointed by the speaker of the Assembly; one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; one member appointed by the minority leader of the Assembly; and one member appointed by the attorney gener- al; Section 3. Requires the task force to submit a report to the governor, Legislature, and attorney general; Section 4. Effective Date.   DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORIGINAL AND AMENDED VERSIONS: Amendments to add minority leadership appointments to the task force and adjust the appointment structure.   JUSTIFICATION: Organized retail crime is estimated to be a $100 billion problem for the retail industry in the United States, according to the 2022 Retail Secu- rity Survey. Retailers, on average, experienced a 26.596 increase in organized retail crime incidents from 2021 to 2022. Most importantly, eight in ten retailers reported that violence and aggression associated with organized retail crime increased in 2021. This trajectory cannot continue and a resolution is critical. This legislation will empower a task force to provide independent and expert opinion on the most effec- tive ways for the state to combat organized retail crime activity in stores and local communities. In order to address this complex problem, it is necessary to formalize collaboration among all stakeholders - law enforcement, prosecutors, retailers and retail employee advocates. Many other states, including New Jersey, have created a task force to research and explore solutions to reduce organized retail crime. It is important to stop organized retail crime and protect businesses, employ- ees and consumers.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2022: A.6790 (Cusick) / S.3742 (Gaughran) 2020: A.8380 Referred to governmental Operations / S.5643 Referred to crime victims, crime and correction   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6568--B R. R. 384 2023-2024 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY April 19, 2023 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. McDONALD, BUTTENSCHON, THIELE, ZACCARO, GUNTHER, BENEDETTO, ZEBROWSKI, OTIS, ROZIC, FAHY, McDONOUGH, DeSTEFANO, MCGOW- AN, K. BROWN, JOYNER, WALLACE, SAYEGH, COLTON, SLATER, ANGELINO, DAVI- LA, WOERNER, FLOOD, GALLAHAN -- read once and referred to the Commit- tee on Governmental Employees -- reported and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- reported and referred to the Committee on Rules -- amended on the special order of third reading, ordered reprinted as amended, retain- ing its place on the special order of third reading AN ACT in relation to establishing the New York state organized retail crime task force; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. The legislature hereby establishes the New York state 2 organized retail crime task force (referred to hereinafter as the "task 3 force") to provide the governor and the legislature with information on 4 organized retail crime and various countermeasures to counter losses 5 from such organized retail crime in the state. 6 § 2. 1. The task force shall consist of fifteen members as follows: 7 a. eight members appointed by the governor as follows: 8 i. six members appointed by the governor without recommendation, one 9 of whom shall be an individual who represents state or local law 10 enforcement; 11 ii. one member appointed by the governor upon the recommendation of 12 the Retail Council of New York State; and 13 iii. one member appointed by the governor upon the recommendation of 14 the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union; 15 b. two members appointed by the temporary president of the senate; 16 c. two members appointed by the speaker of the assembly; EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07652-13-3A. 6568--B 2 1 d. one member appointed by the minority leader of the senate; 2 e. one member appointed by the minority leader of the assembly; and 3 f. one member appointed by the attorney general. 4 2. The members of the task force shall receive no compensation for 5 their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses 6 incurred in the performance of their duties pursuant to this act. 7 Appointed members shall, to the greatest extent practicable have, by 8 education or experience, knowledge of organized retail crime. 9 3. Any vacancies in the membership of the task force shall be filled 10 in the same manner provided for in the initial appointment. 11 4. The task force may consult with any organization, government enti- 12 ty, or person, in the development of its report required under section 13 three of this act. 14 § 3. On or before December 15, 2025, the task force shall submit to 15 the governor, attorney general, the temporary president of the senate, 16 the speaker of the assembly, the minority leader of the senate and the 17 minority leader of the assembly a report containing, but not limited to, 18 the following information based on available data: 19 1. a review of laws and regulations on organized retail crime used by 20 other states, the federal government, foreign countries, and foreign 21 political and economic unions to regulate the marketplace; 22 2. the impact of organized retail crime on state and local tax 23 receipts, employee, and community safety; 24 3. the need for interagency coordination of public education and 25 outreach and prevention programs for business owners; and 26 4. legislative and regulatory recommendations, if any, to increase 27 transparency and security, enhance consumer protections, prevent organ- 28 ized retail crime, and to address the long term economic impact related 29 to the prevalence of organized retail crime. 30 § 4. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire December 31 15, 2025 when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed 32 repealed.