senate Bill S1233

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

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH

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:
A4057
Versions:
S1233
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
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:
2011-2012: S1764A, A3427A
2009-2010: S1126, A1382
2007-2008: A767

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BILL NUMBER:S1233

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:


2011-12: S.1764 - Referred to Health
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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1233

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  PERKINS,  DIAZ, DILAN, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KRUEGER,
  MONTGOMERY, PARKER, STAVISKY -- read twice and  ordered  printed,  and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health

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;
  5.  PROVIDE  VISION HEALTH AND SAFETY PROGRAMS AND MATERIALS TO CLASS-
ROOMS; AND

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00716-01-3

S. 1233                             2

  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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