senate Bill S777

Prohibits use, purchase and storage of mercury and mercury instruments in schools

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Bill Status


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

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1590
Versions:
S777
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S777

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the education law, in relation to prohibiting the use,
purchase and storage of elemental mercury by schools; and to amend the
public health law, in relation to directing the commissioner of health
to compile and distribute materials for schools on the hazards of
elemental mercury and actions which may be taken to reduce such
hazards


PURPOSE OF BILL :
The bill establishes requirements for the use, purchase, storage and
disposal of mercury and mercury instruments in schools.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
The bill prohibits schools from purchasing, using or storing any
quantity of free-flowing mercury or any instrument which contains
mercury, including thermometers, barometers, sphygmomanometers and
manometers. If there are no reasonably acceptable mercury-free
alternatives, schools may use instruments which contain the lowest
mercury content readily available. Regulations would be required for
schools to dispose of or recycle mercury. The Health Commissioner is
required to provide educational materials explaining the hazards of
mercury and actions that can be taken to reduce such hazards.

JUSTIFICATION :
Mercury is a metal that can damage the nervous system and kidneys in
high levels. Short-term exposure to high levels can cause shortness of
breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and other problems.
Exposure to mercury can occur by inhalation, skin absorption and
ingestion. Children are particularly vulnerable because their nervous
systems are still developing. According to the Department of Health,
health effects in children might include brain damage and behavioral
and developmental problems. This bill is intended to reduce or
eliminate children's exposure to mercury in schools.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007-2008- Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately, except that section one of
this act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the
date on which it shall have become a law.
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