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Senate passes bill for state terrorist registry

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Posted at 12:08 PM, Jun 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-15 12:15:10-04

The New York State Senate has passed legislation to create a database to track convicted terrorists.

The registry would be modeled after Megan's Law, which requires convicted sex offenders to register with the state.

Senator Patrick Gallivan of Elma says the bill would allow the sharing of information between the Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

"By creating a registry, law enforcement agencies and the public will have a powerful new tool to better track and monitor individuals who would do us harm," Senator Gallivan said. "No community is immune from acts of terrorism and we must do all we can to discourage and prevent such attacks in New York State."

The registry would have information on convicted terrorists who live, work or attend school in New York, including personal, biographical and forensic information. 

Names would only be removed from the registry if a court finds the circumstances justify the removal.

The bill was approved by the state senate in 2015, but died in the assembly. The legislation now heads back to the assembly for review.