Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation directing the New York State Department of Health to require operators of children’s non-regulated camps to search the national sex offender database before hiring an employee or volunteer.
The measure amends state law to require single-purpose day camps and camps regulated by the Department of Health to conduct a national sex offender registry search through the US Department of Justice public database. Users may use the database to search for an individual through known name, address, zip code, county, and city or town. The registry details among other data the determined risk level of all individuals listed, determined beforehand by a judge. The type of info available on the site’s dependent on where the individual falls between offense levels 1, 2 and 3.
In a statement Gov. Hochul said she was proud to sign the legislation to help protect children who attend camps throughout New York State.