senate Bill S1764A

Establishes the save our sight program and the save our sight fund to provide vision screening and educational information

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  • 12 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 05 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • 05 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 1764A

Summary

Establishes the save our sight program and the save our sight fund to promote vision health and safety for children; targets children with amblyopia for support regarding such children's vision; provides for information to be disseminated by the department of motor vehicles and for voluntary contributions to the fund.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3427A
Versions:
S1764
S1764A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §23, Pub Health L; add §401-c, V & T L; add §81, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S1126, A1382
2007-2008: A767

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BILL NUMBER:S1764A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public health law, the vehicle and traffic law and the
state finance law, in relation to establishing the save our sight
program and the save our sight fund

PURPOSE:
To establish the "Save Our Sight Program" and the "Save Our Sight
Fund" to help raise funds for vision screening programs to detect
vision problems in children.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends the Public Health Law by adding a new Section 22
whereby the Health Commissioner in conjunction with the Motor
Vehicles Commissioner establishes a "Save Our Sight Program." The
program will provide support to nonprofit organizations that offer
vision screening and education services, as well as implement a
voluntary children's vision screening training and certification
program for caregivers and teachers; track amblyopia treatment in
children; establish a matching grant program for the purchase of
protective eye wear for children; and provide vision health and
safety program materials to classrooms.

Section 2 amends the Vehicle and Traffic Law by adding a new Section
401-c that establishes a program whereby people applying for or
renewing motor vehicle registrations or driver licenses may
voluntarily contribute $1 to the "Save Our Sight Fund."

Section 3 amends the State Finance Law by adding a new Section 81 to
create the "Save Our Sight
Fund." All monies of the fund shall be made available from the State
Comptroller to the
Commissioner of the Department of Health for the "Save Our Sight
Program".

JUSTIFICATION:
This legislation would provide for a $1 voluntary check-off box on
motor vehicle and driver
license registration and renewal forms. Contributions raised would be
administered by the
Department of Health to support programs to help detect and prevent
blindness in children.

Greater attention needs to be paid to the vision of children, as
vision disorders are one of the most prevalent disabilities among
youth. Untreated eye problems, such as amblyopia (lazy eye), eye
injuries, muscle imbalances and color blindness in children can lead
to difficulties in learning and behavior as well as eventual
blindness. Since, according to Prevent Blindness, vision problems
affect one in twenty preschoolers and one in four school-age
children, screening should be widespread. Also, treatment is most
successful when problems are detected early. Yet, approximately 80
percent of children under age six (more than 1.3 million New York
children) are not being screened for vision problems before they


enter school. This legislation provides for an easy mechanism to
raise funds for a vision screening program.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10: S.1126 - Referred to Health;
Reported and Committed to Finance
2007-08: S.2926 - Referred to Health
2005-06: S.1467 - Referred to Health
2003-04: S.1984 - Referred to Health
2001-02: S.1499 - Referred to Health

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 1764--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 12, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  PERKINS,  DIAZ,  DILAN,  DUANE, HASSELL-THOMPSON,
  KRUEGER, MONTGOMERY, OPPENHEIMER, PARKER, STAVISKY -- read  twice  and
  ordered  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on
  Health -- recommitted to the Committee on Health  in  accordance  with
  Senate  Rule  6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public health law, the vehicle and traffic  law  and
  the  state finance law, in relation to establishing the save our sight
  program and the save our sight fund

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

  Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 23
to read as follows:
  S  23.  SAVE OUR SIGHT PROGRAM. THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONSULTATION WITH
THE COMMISSIONER OF MOTOR VEHICLES, IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO
ESTABLISH WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT, A SAVE OUR SIGHT PROGRAM.  SUCH PROGRAM
SHALL:
  1. PROVIDE  SUPPORT  TO  NONPROFIT  ORGANIZATIONS  THAT  OFFER  VISION
SCREENING AND EDUCATION SERVICES;
  2.  IMPLEMENT  A  VOLUNTARY  CHILDREN'S  VISION SCREENING TRAINING AND
CERTIFICATION PROGRAM FOR VOLUNTEERS, CHILD DAY-CARE PROVIDERS,  NURSES,
TEACHERS,  HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS PRACTICING IN PRIMARY CARE SETTINGS
AND FOR OTHER PERSONS SERVING CHILDREN;
  3. DEVELOP AND  IMPLEMENT  A  REGISTRY  AND  TARGETED  VOLUNTARY  CASE
MANAGEMENT  SYSTEM  TO  DETERMINE  WHETHER  CHILDREN  WITH AMBLYOPIA ARE
RECEIVING PROFESSIONAL EYE CARE AND TO PROVIDE PARENTS AND LEGAL GUARDI-
ANS OF CHILDREN WITH AMBLYOPIA WITH INFORMATION  AND  SUPPORT  REGARDING
SUCH CHILDREN'S VISION;
  4.  ESTABLISH  A  MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM FOR THE PURCHASE AND DISTRIB-
UTION OF PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR TO CHILDREN;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06899-02-2

S. 1764--A                          2

  5. PROVIDE VISION HEALTH AND SAFETY PROGRAMS AND MATERIALS  TO  CLASS-
ROOMS; AND
  6.  FOR  THE PURPOSES OF SECTION FOUR HUNDRED ONE-C OF THE VEHICLE AND
TRAFFIC LAW, TO DEVELOP MATERIALS ON THE  IMPORTANCE  OF  EYE  CARE  AND
SAFETY  AND TO DELIVER SUCH MATERIALS TO THE COMMISSIONER OF MOTOR VEHI-
CLES FOR DISTRIBUTION PURSUANT TO SECTION  FOUR  HUNDRED  ONE-C  OF  THE
VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW.
  S  2.  The  vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new section
401-c to read as follows:
  S 401-C. SAVE OUR SIGHT PROGRAM; VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTION.  IN  ADDITION
TO  THE  FEES  COLLECTED PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE, EVERY APPLICATION FOR
REGISTRATION OR RENEWAL REGISTRATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE AND EVERY APPLI-
CATION FOR AN OPERATOR'S LICENSE OR FOR RENEWAL THEREOF SHALL PROVIDE AN
OPTION TO THE OWNER OF THE VEHICLE BEING REGISTERED OR APPLICANT TO MAKE
A ONE-DOLLAR VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTION TO THE SAVE OUR  SIGHT  FUND  ESTAB-
LISHED  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION  EIGHTY-ONE  OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW. THE
COMMISSIONER SHALL COLLECT SUCH ADDITIONAL ONE DOLLAR  FROM  ANY  PERSON
WHO  OPTS  TO  CONTRIBUTE TO SUCH FUND. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ALSO MAKE
AVAILABLE TO EVERY PERSON APPLYING FOR REGISTRATION OR RENEWAL REGISTRA-
TION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE AND EVERY APPLICATION FOR AN OPERATOR'S  LICENSE
OR FOR RENEWAL THEREOF MATERIALS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF EYE CARE AND SAFE-
TY   PROVIDED   BY  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF  HEALTH  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION
TWENTY-THREE OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW. THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL  FORWARD
ALL  MONEYS  RECEIVED  PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION TO THE
COMPTROLLER FOR DEPOSIT INTO THE SAVE OUR SIGHT FUND ESTABLISHED  PURSU-
ANT TO SECTION EIGHTY-ONE OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW.
  S  3.  The  state finance law is amended by adding a new section 81 to
read as follows:
  S 81. SAVE OUR SIGHT FUND. 1.  THERE  IS  HEREBY  ESTABLISHED  IN  THE
CUSTODY  OF  THE  STATE  COMPTROLLER, A FUND TO BE KNOWN AS THE SAVE OUR
SIGHT FUND.
  2. SUCH FUND SHALL CONSIST OF ALL MONEYS APPROPRIATED FOR THE  PURPOSE
OF  SUCH  FUND,  ALL MONEYS TRANSFERRED TO SUCH FUND PURSUANT TO LAW AND
ALL MONEYS REQUIRED TO BE PAID TO THE CREDIT OF SUCH  FUND  PURSUANT  TO
SECTION FOUR HUNDRED ONE-C OF THE VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW.
  3.  MONEYS  OF THE FUND SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR APPROPRIATION AND ALLO-
CATION ONLY TO THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH FOR THE PURPOSES  OF  CARRYING
OUT  THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION TWENTY-THREE OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW AND
SECTION FOUR HUNDRED ONE-C OF THE VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW.
  4. MONEYS OF THE FUND, WHEN AVAILABLE, SHALL BE PAID OUT ON THE  AUDIT
AND  WARRANT OF THE COMPTROLLER ON VOUCHERS CERTIFIED OR APPROVED BY THE
COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH OR BY AN OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF
HEALTH DESIGNATED BY SUCH COMMISSIONER.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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