senate Bill S1166A

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

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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
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  • 04 / Jan / 2012
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  • 20 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 20 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 1166A

Summary

Establishes a task force to assess data and information compiled by law enforcement personnel and health providers related to incidents of firearm violence and injury; provides that the task force would designate a state agency to coordinate a statewide system for reporting the nature, incidence and specific causes of firearm violence.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A895A
Versions:
S1166
S1166A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Health
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S391, A1030
2007-2008: A2067A

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BILL NUMBER:S1166A

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 OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
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 inju-
ry. 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 fire arm violence and injuries and report
on any public health policies or strategies which might arise for a
statewide information network focused on such violence and injuries.
The task force would be required to report its findings by January 15,
2014 and the act will expire on February 1, 2014.

JUSTIFICATION:
The US Surgeon General and the Center for Disease Control have desig-
nated 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. Integrat-
ing 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 combating 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:
2009/10: A.1030/S.391
2007/08: A.2067A/S.937A
200S/06: A.1395/S.708

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Costs for reimbursement of task force members for expenses associated
with their duties and DOH for administration of the task force. All
costs to "sunset" with the task force in February 2014.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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    S. 1166--A                                             A. 895--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

IN  SENATE  -- Introduced by Sens. BRESLIN, ADAMS, DUANE, HASSELL-THOMP-
  SON, KRUEGER, PARKER, SAMPSON,  SMITH,  STAVISKY  --  read  twice  and
  ordered  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on
  Finance -- recommitted to the Committee on Finance in accordance  with
  Senate  Rule  6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. McENENY, ORTIZ --  Multi-Sponsored
  by  -- M. of A. AUBRY, CLARK, COLTON, DINOWITZ, PEOPLES-STOKES, ROBIN-
  SON, TITUS, WEISENBERG, WRIGHT  --  read  once  and  referred  to  the
  Committee on Codes -- recommitted to the Committee on Codes in accord-
  ance  with  Assembly  Rule  3,  sec.  2  -- committee discharged, bill
  amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  commit-
  tee

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

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature finds  and
declares   that  firearm  injuries  and  deaths  have  reached  epidemic
proportions, with firearm injuries ranked among the top  ten  causes  of
death among all Americans, and as the leading cause of death among young
African-American  males. The legislature further finds and declares that
this  epidemic  necessitates  public  policies  which  address   firearm
violence  and  injury  as  a  public  health issue and that one critical
component of such policies is an integrated and comprehensive  statewide
effort  to  accurately  document  the  origins,  incidence and nature of
firearm violence and injury in New York state.
  The legislature also finds that dispersed and widely varied  data  and
information  related  to  incidents  of  firearm  violence are presently

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00464-02-1

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collected by state and local law enforcement agencies; and that informa-
tion and data related to the nature,  severity  and  causes  of  firearm
injuries are also regularly compiled by health care providers engaged in
the  treatment of such injuries. The legislature finds and declares that
a coordinated and fully integrated statewide network of data and  infor-
mation  is  required to fully assess the public health impact of firearm
violence and injury in New York  state  and  to  formulate  policies  to
combat such violence and injury in the protection of public health.
  The  legislature hereby establishes a task force to devise a statewide
network of data and information related to firearm  violence  and  inju-
ries. The task force will coordinate the integration of data compiled by
law  enforcement  agencies and health care providers, related to firearm
violence and injury. This task force will be  comprised  of  appropriate
state agency personnel, law enforcement authorities, health care provid-
ers,  and experts in the fields of epidemiology and ballistics. The task
force will assess the nature and current methods by which  data  related
to firearm violence and injury are compiled and reported by law enforce-
ment  agencies and health care providers. The task force shall recommend
any changes in the nature or manner in which such data is  compiled  and
reported,  to facilitate an on-going, statewide assessment of the public
health impact of firearm violence and injury in New York state.
  S 2. An eight member  task  force  is  hereby  established  to  assess
current  data  and information compiled by law enforcement personnel and
health providers related to incidents of firearm  violence  and  injury,
and  to  recommend  mechanisms  by  which  an integrated, statewide data
collection and tracking system may be established to assess  the  public
health impact of such violence and injury.
  S  3.  The  task  force shall be comprised of the commissioners of the
department of health and the division of criminal justice services,  who
may designate representatives to act on their behalf.
  The  commissioner of the department of health or the designee thereof,
shall chair the task force. The governor shall appoint  two  members  to
the task force: one member shall be an epidemiologist experienced in the
study  of  firearm injuries and one member shall be an expert in firearm
ballistics. The temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the
assembly shall each appoint one member to the task force who shall be  a
member  of a state or local law enforcement agency. The minority leaders
of the senate and assembly shall each appoint one  member  to  the  task
force,  who  shall  be  a  health care provider regularly engaged in the
treatment of firearm injuries. Administrative duties of the  task  force
shall be the responsibility of the department of health.
  S  4.  The  task  force shall provide a report to the governor and the
legislature on or before January 15, 2014. Such report shall include:
  (a) an identification of the data and informational  needs  associated
with  an assessment of firearm violence and injury as an issue of public
health in New York state;
  (b) an identification of any differences among  state  and  local  law
enforcement  agencies in the collection and reporting of information and
data related to firearm violence and injury,  the  basis  for  any  such
differences, and how such differences may be addressed;
  (c)  an  identification of any differences among health care providers
and in particular, emergency medical services providers, with regard  to
the collection and reporting of firearm injury data and information, the
basis for such differences, and how such differences may be addressed;
  (d)  an  assessment  of the need for improved epidemiological data and
information concerning firearm injuries, including  information  on  the

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frequency  and  distribution  of such injuries and the specific types of
firearms associated with various injuries;
  (e) an identification of any opportunities for, or barriers to, a more
uniform  statewide  approach to the collection and reporting of data and
information from both law enforcement agencies and health  care  provid-
ers,  concerning incidents of firearm violence and injury, with full and
proper regard to the  protection  of  the  rights  of  victims  of  such
violence and injury and the rights of criminal defendants;
  (f)  a  recommendation  of a state agency to assume responsibility for
the planning and  coordination  of  a  statewide  data  and  information
network  comprised  of firearm violence and injury data as reported from
state and local law enforcement agencies and health care providers,  and
designed  to  be  used  in formulating public health strategies to deter
firearm violence and injuries; and
  (g) an identification of public health policies and  strategies  which
may  arise  from  a  statewide  data  and information network on firearm
violence and injuries, and focused on the prevention  of  such  violence
and injuries.
  The  task  force  shall meet as frequently as its business may require
and members of the task force shall receive no  compensation  for  their
services,  but  shall  be  allowed  their  actual and necessary expenses
incurred in performance of their duties.
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire on Febru-
ary 1, 2014 when it shall be deemed repealed.

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