senate Bill S2095A

Establishes a temporary commission of child abuse prevention

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  • 10 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 08 / Feb / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 08 / Feb / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 2095A
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1235
  • 12 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 12 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 12 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 13 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.717
  • 14 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 19 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS

Summary

Establishes a temporary commission on child abuse prevention.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9038
Versions:
S2095
S2095A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Children
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S2163, S2163
2009-2010: S7514, S7514
2013-2014: S2095A, S20955A

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BILL NUMBER:S2095A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to establish a temporary state commission to
study child abuse prevention and make recommendations for the implemen-
tation of child abuse prevention programs across the state; and provid-
ing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE: To establish a temporary state commission to study child abuse
efforts in New York and make recommendations for Legislative action
based upon its findings to the Governor and Legislature.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 states the legislative findings

Section 2 establishes the "Commission of Child Abuse Prevention," which
is a temporary State commission, to examine, evaluate and make recommen-
dations concerning child abuse prevention efforts in the state.

Section 3 provides the composition of the Commission, which shall be 13
members and the rules for appointment to the Commission.

Section 4 provides that the members of the commission shall receive no
compensation but are allowed reimbursement for expenses.

Section 5 provides that the commission is allowed to employ personnel
for the purposes of its functions and possess the powers of a legisla-
tive committee pursuant to the Legislative Law.

Section 6 provides that the commission may undertake studies, inquiries,
surveys or analyst in cooperation with or by agreement with any other
public or private agency.

Section 7 provides that the commission is required to make report of its
findings to the Governor and legislative leaders within one year after
the effective date of this act.

Section 8 provides that this act shall take effect immediately and be
repealed two years after its effective date.

EXISTING LAW: New law

JUSTIFICATION: Approximately 1,300 children die each year in this coun-
try as a result of child abuse and neglect and many others receive seri-
ous injuries. In New York State, approximately 80,000 children are
found to be maltreated each year.

Child abuse and neglect has been rising across the State and more
resources are expended to treat the consequences including incarcera-
tion, court costs, foster care and more. A study by Prevent Child Abuse
New York estimated these costs to be approximately $2.4 Billion each

year; while the amount spent on primary prevention is less than $30
million.

Tragic cases of child abuse are reported in the press on a regular basis
and while these reports focus on the most horrific cases, most cases of
child abuse are preventable. These cases range from severe neglect to
the explosive shaking of a crying baby. Research has demonstrated that
programs focusing on education and training of future and new parents
are the most practical and cost-effective means for preventing child
abuse and neglect.

Effective prevention programs that promote the safety and well-being of
children and families can reduce the suffering of children, assist
parents in developing better parenting skills and reduce the economic
costs to society. The total financial costs of child abuse and neglect
are quite high, but the benefits or savings from investing in prevention
programs also are quite high.

Many prevention programs address not only child abuse prevention but
other aspects of family dynamics that threaten child and family well-be-
ing. These the eats include preventable health conditions such as low
birth weight, infant mortality, drug addicted babies and more. These
programs often provide referrals, education, expertise, and most impor-
tantly stability for at-risk families.

While a number of these preventive programs have proven to be both bene-
ficial and cost effective, they are currently only offered to a small
number of families at risk of abuse and neglect. For example, home visi-
tation is only available to about 10% to 14% of eligible families.

By studying the availability of successful prevention program, and the
best way to expand their services to more families at risk, we can save
numerous children from having to endure abuse and neglect while saving
the state considerable fiscal resources.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.2163 - Passed Senate 2011: S.2163 -
Referred to Finance 2010: S.7514 - Referred to Finance

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire
and be deemed repealed two years after such effective date.

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

                                 2095--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 10, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to  the  Committee  on  Finance  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

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-
ment.
  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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03717-02-3

S. 2095--A                          2

programs. Specific issues  to  be  addressed  by  the  commission  shall
include  home  visitation programs and screening for families at risk of
child maltreatment.
  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 two years after such effective date.

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