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NY Senate expected to pass college safety bill

NY Senate expected to pass college safety bill

Lawmakers are asking to update state law to require New York colleges and universities to inform law

Sixteen years after the disappearance of a University at Albany student, lawmakers are asking to update state law to require New York colleges and universities to inform law enforcement within 24 hours of a violent felony or a missing student.

The state Legislature passed the Campus Safety Act in 1999, which requires colleges and universities to have plans for notifying local law enforcement of any violent felony offense or missing person on campus. But it didn't require the schools to actually report such incidents to outside authorities.

The Democratic-led Assembly passed the measure in early May, but after a month the Republican-led Senate has yet to take up the legislation.

A spokesman for the Republican conference says they're looking at hundreds of bills and are likely to pass the measure.

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