S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
January 18, 2011
Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance
AN ACT to establish a temporary state commission to study child abuse
prevention and make recommendations for the implementation of child
abuse prevention programs across the state; 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. The legislature hereby acknowledges
that child abuse is a continuing societal problem in the state affecting
at least 80,000 children each year. In recent years, there has been
research on the long-term effects of child abuse on the individual as
well as society. The vast majority of research has demonstrated that the
consequences of child abuse are grave, damaging and often spill over
into a person's adult life. Adverse effects have been identified in
maltreated children's physical, cognitive, emotional and social develop-
Furthermore, the legislature finds that the failure to address child
abuse through preventive measures not only harms a million children each
year in this country, it imposes a tremendous cost to society. Like most
states, New York spends a considerable amount of fiscal and human
resources to treat the numerous consequences of child abuse and
maltreatment. The failure to invest in prevention results in a signif-
icantly greater amount of resources needed to treat the outcomes.
S 2. A temporary state commission, to be known as the "commission of
child abuse prevention", is hereby established to examine, evaluate and
make recommendations concerning child abuse prevention efforts in the
state. The commission shall consider the need for additional legislation
as well as a stable source of funding for child abuse prevention
programs. Specific issues to be addressed by the commission shall
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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include home visitation programs and screening for families at risk of
S 3. The commission shall consist of thirteen members, to be appointed
as follows: three members to be appointed by the governor; three members
to be appointed by the temporary president of the senate; three members
to be appointed by the speaker of the assembly; two members to be
appointed by the minority leader of the senate; and two members to be
appointed by the minority leader of the assembly. The members shall have
demonstrated expertise in and experience with the field of child abuse
prevention. A chairperson and vice-chairperson of such commission shall
be elected by the majority of its members, all members being present.
S 4. The members of the commission shall receive no compensation for
their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses
incurred in the performance of their duties hereunder.
S 5. The commission may employ and at pleasure remove such personnel
as it may deem necessary for the performance of its functions. Such
commission may meet and hold public and/or private hearings within or
without the state, and shall have all the powers of a legislative
committee pursuant to the legislative law.
S 6. For the accomplishment of its purposes, the commission shall be
authorized and empowered to undertake any studies, inquiries, surveys or
analyses it may deem relevant in cooperation with or by agreement with
any other public or private agency.
S 7. The commission shall make a report of its findings, including any
recommendations for legislative action as it may deem necessary and
appropriate, to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and
the speaker of the assembly no later than one year after the effective
date of this act.
S 8. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed 1 year after such effective date.