A bill that would require colleges and universities to report violent felonies and missing persons within 24 hours was approved Wednesday by the state Senate.
The legislation was introduced in memory of Suzanne Lyall of Ballston Spa — a University at Albany student who went missing 16 years ago and has not been seen since.
“My bill is a common-sense solution intended to protect students and make our college and university campuses safer,” sponsor Kathleen Marchione, R-Halfmoon, said in a statement. “This ensures that any crimes committed on a college campus are promptly, and accurately, reported to local law enforcement.”
The state Assembly approved the measure last month. The legislation will now go to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who will decide whether to make it law.
The bill would strengthen the Campus Safety Act, which was established in 1999. The law currently requires colleges and universities to adopt and implement plans to notify local law enforcement of any violent felony offenses or missing persons.
The Campus Safety Act ultimately became law thanks to advocacy efforts of Lyall’s parents, Doug and Mary, after their daughter went missing from the UAlbany campus in March 1998.