senate Bill S326A

Creates a personal income tax check-off box for donations to the school-based health centers fund

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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 21 / Dec / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 21 / Dec / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 326A
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 21 / Feb / 2012
    • NOTICE OF COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION - REQUESTED
  • 12 / Mar / 2012
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES

Summary

Creates a personal income tax check-off box for donations to the school-based health centers fund; creates the school-based health centers fund; specifies the use for which moneys of the fund may be expended.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A306A
Versions:
S326
S326A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Add §630-c, Tax L; add §81, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S4158A, A6536B
2007-2008: S4778, A5952

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BILL NUMBER:S326A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the tax law and the state finance law, in relation to providing
a tax check-off box on personal income tax return forms for gifts to the
school-based health centers
fund

PURPOSE:
This bill creates a voluntary NYS income tax check off for the funding
of school based health centers of one dollar per taxpayer. Such funds
shall be deposited in the school based health fund in the custody of
the Comptroller to be used by the Department of Health to fund
expansion of medical services at existing school based health sites
or to establish new sites.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The tax law is amended by adding a new section 630-c. The state
finance law is amended by adding a new section 81.

JUSTIFICATION:
For school-age children and youth in high needs areas, School Based
Health Clinics are the first line of defense against costly
hospitalizations because they provide preventive services for such
chronic conditions as epileptic seizures, asthma, diabetes,
gastroenteritis, urinary tract infections, nutritional deficiencies,
and pelvic inflammatory disease. Mental health services offered at
some of these clinics have produced significant declines in
depression and improvements in self concept. Creation of an income
tax check off will permit expansion of services and development of
new sites to provide these vital health services.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2003-2004: S.4788 Died in Committee
2005-2006: S.1802A Died in Committee
2007-2008: S.4778 Died in Committee
2009-2010: S.4158 Died in Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
$2 million in new revenue.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 326--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  MONTGOMERY, HASSELL-THOMPSON, OPPENHEIMER -- read
  twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to  the
  Committee  on  Investigations  and  Government Operations -- committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN ACT to amend the tax law and the state finance law,  in  relation  to
  providing  a tax check-off box on personal income tax return forms for
  gifts to the school-based health centers fund

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

  Section  1.  The  tax  law is amended by adding a new section 630-c to
read as follows:
  S 630-C. GIFT FOR SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS. EFFECTIVE FOR  ANY  TAX
YEAR COMMENCING ON OR AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND TWELVE, AN INDI-
VIDUAL  IN  ANY TAXABLE YEAR MAY ELECT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE SCHOOL-BASED
HEALTH CENTERS FUND. SUCH CONTRIBUTION SHALL  BE  IN  ANY  WHOLE  DOLLAR
AMOUNT  AND  SHALL NOT REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF STATE TAX OWED BY SUCH INDI-
VIDUAL. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL INCLUDE SPACE ON THE PERSONAL INCOME  TAX
RETURN  TO ENABLE A TAXPAYER TO MAKE SUCH CONTRIBUTION. THE COMMISSIONER
SHALL ALSO ENSURE THAT A DESCRIPTION OF A SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER  IS
INCLUDED  WITHIN  THE TAX FORM PREPARATION INSTRUCTION BOOKLET. NOTWITH-
STANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW ALL REVENUES COLLECTED  PURSUANT  TO
THIS  SECTION  SHALL BE CREDITED TO THE SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS FUND
AND USED ONLY FOR THOSE PURPOSES ENUMERATED IN SECTION EIGHTY-ONE OF THE
STATE FINANCE LAW.
  S 2. The state finance law is amended by adding a new  section  81  to
read as follows:
  S 81. SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS FUND. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED
IN  THE JOINT CUSTODY OF THE COMPTROLLER AND THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH,
A SPECIAL FUND TO BE KNOWN AS THE "SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS FUND".

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01416-02-1

S. 326--A                           2

  2. SUCH FUND SHALL CONSIST OF ALL REVENUES RECEIVED  PURSUANT  TO  THE
PROVISIONS OF SECTION SIX HUNDRED THIRTY-C OF THE TAX LAW, AND ALL OTHER
MONEYS  APPROPRIATED,  CREDITED,  OR  TRANSFERRED THERETO FROM ANY OTHER
FUND OR SOURCE PURSUANT TO LAW. NOTHING CONTAINED HEREIN  SHALL  PREVENT
THE  STATE  FROM RECEIVING GRANTS, GIFTS OR BEQUESTS FOR THE PURPOSES OF
THE FUND AS DEFINED IN THIS SECTION AND DEPOSITING THEM  INTO  THE  FUND
ACCORDING TO LAW.
  3.  MONIES  OF THE FUND SHALL BE EXPENDED TO FUND EXPANSION OF MEDICAL
SERVICES AT EXISTING SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS  OR  TO  ESTABLISH  NEW
SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS.
  4.  MONIES  SHALL BE PAYABLE FROM THE FUND ON THE AUDIT AND WARRANT OF
THE COMPTROLLER ON VOUCHERS APPROVED AND CERTIFIED BY  THE  COMMISSIONER
OF HEALTH.
  5.  AMOUNTS  EXPENDED FOR SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS PURSUANT TO THIS
SECTION SHALL NOT AFFECT THE AMOUNT THAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE APPROPRIATED
FOR SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS UNDER ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW.
  6. SERVICES PERFORMED BY SCHOOL-BASED  HEALTH  CENTERS  AVAILABLE  FOR
MONEYS FROM THIS FUND SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:
  A. COMPREHENSIVE PHYSICAL HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENTS;
  B. DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF ACUTE ILLNESSES;
  C. VISION, HEARING, DENTAL, NUTRITIONAL, AND TUBERCULOSIS SCREENINGS;
  D. ROUTINE MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC DISEASES;
  E. HEALTH EDUCATION;
  F. MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING AND REFERRALS;
  G. IMMUNIZATIONS;
  H. WORKING PAPERS AND SPORTS PHYSICALS; AND
  I. POPULATION-BASED PRIMARY PREVENTION.
  SERVICES  SHALL  BE  PROVIDED  ON-SITE  BY  A  MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM
CONSISTING OF A MID-LEVEL PRACTITIONER, A MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR, AND A
MEDICAL ASSISTANT IN CONSULTATION WITH A PHYSICIAN.  THE  CENTERS  SHALL
ALSO PROVIDE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE TWENTY-FOUR HOURS PER DAY, SEVEN DAYS
PER WEEK.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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