Detector Permits Debated Tomorrow
April 28th, 2008

A controversial bill that would create a permit process for companies that possess weapons detection equipment will have a second hearing at City Hall tomorrow morning, and myriad environmental groups are pledging to testify against it.

The bill ( Intro 650) mandates companies get a permit if they have any equipment, which can detect radioactive, biological or chemical weapons. The bill, which was drafted by the Police Department, has been toned down since its original introduction, which was hotly contested.

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, a coalition of 40 groups oppose the bill because they fear it will impede their ability to test for air and water quality for academic and research proposes. That rests on the assumption that the police department would heavily guard the distribution of its permits.

Now, according to a release from Councilmember Peter Vallone, who is sponsoring the bill and holding the hearing tomorrow, revisions have been made to address the concerns, including the addition of exemptions. The new version exempts accredited academic institutions who possess these detectors.

The Natural Resources Defense Council contends council members have relinquished support for the measure since environmental groups raised concerns.

When first introduced, these members had signed on: Vallone, Joseph Addabbo Jr., Leroy Comrie, Lew Fidler, Vincent Gentile, Letitia James, Michael Nelson, Domenic Recchia Jr., Kendall Stewart, David Weprin and Thomas White Jr.

Now the only sponsors are: Vallone, Fidler, Sara Gonzalez and Nelson.

Whether the amendments can calm fears and muster up support, we shall see tomorrow.

By on April 28, 2008, 6:05 pm
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3 Responses to “Detector Permits Debated Tomorrow”

  1. Steve Jones Says:
    April 30th, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    This bill is ridiculous and an invasion of personal rights. This bill would negate the ability of the average person from owning a geiger counter, a mold detector, a moisture detector, some highly advanced weather detectors, and many other amateur scientific devices. That the City of NY feels that the commoner has no rights to these amateur scientific is extremely insulting. It is usually the average person who first brings a dangerous situation to the attention of government officials. Who is going to do the ground work now? The government? Who would honestly trust those people to do the right thing? It’s been proven time and time again that government must have oversight (the people). Take the rights of the people away and the government can do what it wants when it wants and with no repercussions.

    This over-reaching legislation must not pass.

  2. Larry C Ford Says:
    May 1st, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Steve, these are NYC folks, not US citizens
    we’re talking about. They can be searched
    on the street, on the subway for no reason,
    have no right to weapons, etc. Like any
    sheep, their shepards in government will
    look out for them. Trust us.

  3. Kent McManigal Says:
    May 9th, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Sounds like the police have something to hide.

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