senate Bill S3337

Establishes a veterans' gerontological advisory committee

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  • 17 / Feb / 2011
    • REFERRED TO AGING
  • 14 / Mar / 2011
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  • 15 / Mar / 2011
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  • 16 / Mar / 2011
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  • 16 / May / 2011
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  • 11 / Jun / 2012
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Summary

Establishes a veterans' gerontological advisory committee.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1128
Versions:
S3337
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Assembly Aging
Law Section:
Elder Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง224, Eld L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S7959, A11306

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BILL NUMBER:S3337

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the elder law, in relation to establishing a veterans'
gerontological advisory committee

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Establishes a Veterans Gerontological Advisory Committee.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1: The elder law is amended by
adding a new section 224 which states that a Veterans Gerontological
Advisory Committee is established in the Office of the Aging,
consisting of no more than nineteen members, who shall serve six-year
terms without remuneration. At least sixty-per-cent of the members
of the committee shall be age sixty or older.

At least ten of the members shall be veterans, two of whom shall be
appointed by the governor, three of whom shall be appointed by the
speaker of the assembly, three of whom shall be appointed by the
Temporary President of the Senate, one of whom shall be appointed by
the Minority Leader of the Assembly, and one of whom shall be
appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate. Nine of the members
shall be appointed by the Director of the Office of the Aging, at
least one of whom shall be a physician in the field of primary care
geriatric medicine, at least one of whom shall be a researcher in the
field of social gerontology, at least one of whom shall be certified
as a geriatric nurse practitioner, at least one of whom shall be a
clinical practitioner of geriatric psychiatry, at least one of whom
shall be a facility or health care system veterans home based primary
care program director, at least one of whom shall be a caregiver in
the field of veterans respite care, at least one of whom shall be an
expert in the field of elder care planning and management from the
New York State Veterans' home, at least one of whom shall be an
expert in the field of gerontological social work who specializes in
services for aging veterans, and at
least one of whom shall be an economist with a focus in the fields of
aging, household saving, pensions, social security, taxation, and
housing markets.

The committee shall meet at least once annually at times and places
set by the commissioner and provide advice, comments and
recommendations to advise the director on policies, programs,
services and trends impacting the state's aging veteran population
and the larger context of veterans health care systems, and such
other matters as the director may request.

The director may ask other individuals to attend the committee's
meetings or work with it on an occasional or regular basis.

Membership on the committee shall not constitute the holding of an
office, and the committee shall not have the right to exercise any
portion of the sovereign powers of the state. No member of the
committee shall be disqualified from holding any public office or


employment, nor shall he or she forfeit any such office or
employment, by reason of his or her appointment.

Section 2: States the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
New York has the second highest veteran population in
the United States, and older veterans represent a population whose
needs and problems pervade multiple geriatrics and gerontology
disciplines. This legislation establishes a Veterans Gerontological
Advisory Committee, which will advise the Director of the Office of
the Aging on policies, programs, services and trends affecting New
York's aging veteran population.

At no cost to the taxpayers, the advisory committee will be able to
provide crucial recommendations aimed at improving the care and
support available to aging Veterans. The membership will be drawn
from the ranks of New York's finest experts on aging, seniors' and
veterans' issues, representing medical researchers, practitioners,
academia, and veterans' organizations.

Their mission will be to share information and challenges associated
with caring for aging veterans, and their families, providing the
Office of the Aging with guidance on pressing concerns including
caregiver initiatives, alternative housing trends for Veterans, long
term and continuing care, health promotion and rehabilitation,
departmental research and dementia research. The committee can also
play a role in educating staff and the public on a wide range of
issues affecting veterans and seniors.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010 - S.7959/A.11306 -- AGING/Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3337

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 17, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging

AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to establishing  a  veterans'
  gerontological advisory committee

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

  Section 1. The elder law is amended by adding a  new  section  224  to
read as follows:
  S 224. VETERANS' GERONTOLOGICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE. 1. THERE IS HEREBY
ESTABLISHED  WITHIN  THE  OFFICE  A  VETERANS'  GERONTOLOGICAL  ADVISORY
COMMITTEE WHICH SHALL CONSIST OF NO MORE THAN  NINETEEN  MEMBERS  TO  BE
APPOINTED PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION. MEMBERS SHALL BE APPOINTED FOR A
TERM  OF  SIX  YEARS  AND  MAY  SERVE UNTIL THEIR SUCCESSORS ARE CHOSEN.
MEMBERS SHALL SERVE WITHOUT SALARY. ANY MEMBER CHOSEN TO FILL A  VACANCY
CREATED  OTHERWISE THAN BY EXPIRATION OF TERM SHALL BE APPOINTED FOR THE
UNEXPIRED TERM OF THE MEMBER HE OR SHE IS TO SUCCEED. A CHAIRPERSON  AND
VICE-CHAIRPERSON  SHALL  BE APPOINTED BY THE DIRECTOR, AND THE COMMITTEE
SHALL BE COMPRISED OF:
  (A) TWO MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE  GOVERNOR,  BOTH  OF  WHOM  SHALL  BE
VETERANS;
  (B) NINE MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE DIRECTOR, INCLUDING:
  (1)  AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE A PHYSICIAN IN THE FIELD OF PRIMARY
CARE GERIATRIC MEDICINE;
  (2) AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE A RESEARCHER IN THE FIELD OF  SOCIAL
GERONTOLOGY;
  (3) AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE CERTIFIED AS A GERIATRIC NURSE PRAC-
TITIONER;
  (4) AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE A CLINICAL PRACTITIONER OF GERIATRIC
PSYCHIATRY;
  (5)  AT  LEAST  ONE  OF WHOM SHALL BE A FACILITY OR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
VETERANS' HOME-BASED PRIMARY CARE PROGRAM DIRECTOR  AS  DEFINED  BY  THE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02431-01-1

S. 3337                             2

UNITED  STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS VETERANS' HEALTH ADMINIS-
TRATION DIRECTIVE ELEVEN HUNDRED FORTY-ONE;
  (6)  AT  LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE A CAREGIVER IN THE FIELD OF VETER-
ANS' RESPITE CARE;
  (7) AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE AN EXPERT IN THE FIELD OF  ELDERCARE
PLANNING  AND  MANAGEMENT  FROM THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS' HOME ESTAB-
LISHED PURSUANT TO ARTICLE TWENTY-SIX-A OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW;
  (8) AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE AN EXPERT IN THE FIELD  OF  GERONTO-
LOGICAL SOCIAL WORK WHO SPECIALIZES IN SERVICES FOR AGING VETERANS; AND
  (9)  AT  LEAST  ONE  OF WHOM SHALL BE AN ECONOMIST WITH A FOCUS IN THE
FIELDS OF AGING, HOUSEHOLD SAVING, PENSIONS, SOCIAL SECURITY,  TAXATION,
AND HOUSING MARKETS;
  (C) THREE MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE NOMINATION OF THE
TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, EACH OF WHOM SHALL BE VETERANS;
  (D) THREE MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE NOMINATION OF THE
SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, EACH OF WHOM SHALL BE VETERANS;
  (E)  ONE  MEMBER  APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE NOMINATION OF THE
MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE WHO SHALL BE A VETERAN; AND
  (F) ONE MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE  NOMINATION  OF  THE
MINORITY LEADER OF THE ASSEMBLY WHO SHALL BE A VETERAN.
  2. SIXTY PERCENT OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE APPOINTED ON
AND AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE SIXTY YEARS OF
AGE OR OVER.
  3. THE COMMITTEE SHALL PROVIDE ADVICE, COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO
ADVISE THE DIRECTOR ON POLICIES, PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND TRENDS IMPACTING
THE STATE'S AGING VETERAN POPULATION AND THE LARGER CONTEXT OF VETERANS'
HEALTHCARE  SYSTEMS,  AND SUCH OTHER MATTERS AS THE DIRECTOR MAY REQUEST
IN RELATION TO THIS ARTICLE.
  4. THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE SHALL MEET AT LEAST ONCE ANNUALLY  AT  TIMES
AND PLACES SET BY THE CHAIRPERSON.
  5.  THE  DIRECTOR  MAY ASK OTHER INDIVIDUALS TO ATTEND THE COMMITTEE'S
MEETINGS OR WORK WITH IT ON AN OCCASIONAL OR REGULAR BASIS.
  6. MEMBERSHIP ON THE COMMITTEE SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE THE HOLDING OF  AN
OFFICE,  AND  MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO TAKE AND
FILE OATHS OF OFFICE BEFORE SERVING  ON  THE  COMMITTEE.  THE  COMMITTEE
SHALL NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO EXERCISE ANY PORTION OF THE SOVEREIGN POWERS
OF THE STATE.
  7.  NO  MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE SHALL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM HOLDING ANY
PUBLIC OFFICE OR EMPLOYMENT, NOR SHALL HE OR SHE FORFEIT ANY SUCH OFFICE
OR EMPLOYMENT, BY REASON OF HIS OR HER APPOINTMENT  HEREUNDER,  NOTWITH-
STANDING  THE PROVISIONS OF ANY GENERAL, SPECIAL OR LOCAL LAW, ORDINANCE
OR CITY CHARTER.
  8. FOR THE PURPOSES OF  THIS  SECTION,  THE  TERM  "VETERAN"  MEANS  A
PERSON,  MALE  OR  FEMALE, RESIDENT OF THIS STATE, WHO HAS SERVED IN THE
ACTIVE MILITARY OR NAVAL SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES DURING  A  WAR  IN
WHICH  THE  UNITED  STATES  ENGAGED  AND WHO HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM SUCH
SERVICE BY ANY MEANS OTHER THAN BY DISHONORABLE DISCHARGE,  OR  WHO  HAS
BEEN FURLOUGHED TO THE RESERVE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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