senate Bill S391

Establishes a task force to assess the public health impact of firearm violence and provides for the repeal thereof

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 07 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1030
Versions:
S391
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Health

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S391

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to establish a task force to assess the public health impact of
firearm violence and injury and providing for the repeal of such
provisions upon expiration thereof


PURPOSE :
This bill would create a task force of law enforcement and health care
professionals to address firearm violence and injuries as a public
health issue. The task force would focus specifically on the type of
data and information currently compiled by law enforcement agencies
and health care providers related to incidents of firearm violence and
injury. The task force would also recommend any changes in those
collection and reporting practices to produce a more uniform and
coordinated state- wide network of information on firearm violence and
injuries and report on any public health policies or strategies which
might arise from a statewide information network focused on such
violence and injuries. The task force would be required to report its
findings in January, 2011 and "sunset" in February, 2011.

JUSTIFICATION :
The US Surgeon General and the Center for Disease Control have
designated violence as a high priority public health issue, and
firearm violence and injury in particular is recognized as having
reached epidemic proportions. A comprehensive and ongoing effort to
collect and coordinate data and information from law enforcement
agencies and health care providers is required if New York State is to
adequately address firearm-related violence and injury as a public
health issue. Integrating the data collected by State and local law
enforcement agencies and data collected by health care professionals
will ensure full assessment of the consequences of firearm violence
and injury. This bill would place New York State at the forefront of
combatting firearm violence and injury as a public health issue,
providing for a plan to coordinate firearm crime and injury data on a
statewide basis and providing a means to better evaluate various state
policies designed to deter firearm violence and injury.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007/2008: S.937A/A.2067A Remained in the Senate Committee on Finance
and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means
2005/06: S.708/A.1395
2003/04: S.3262A/A.1395
2001/02: S.769

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
Costs for reimbursement of task force members for expenses associated
with their duties and to DOH for administration of the task force. All
costs to "sunset" with the task force in February, 2011.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
Immediately.
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