senate Bill S3053

Requires instruction in anti-gun violence in all schools

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  • 29 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 14 / Jan / 2014
    • RECOMMIT, ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN

Summary

Requires instruction in anti-gun violence in all schools.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S3053
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง805, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S7129

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3053

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
requiring instruction in anti-gun violence in all schools

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Requires all schools to include age
appropriate instruction on anti-gun violence as part of the education
curriculum provided in regular classrooms.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Adds a new Education Law section 805 to provide that all
schools should include age appropriate instruction on anti-gun
violence as an integral part of the education provided to such
students.

In addition, the commissioner shall provide necessary rules and
regulations on the instruction on anti-gun violence regarding the
health and welfare of pupils and the community. The contents will not
be uniform throughout the state; they will vary to meet the needs of
particular school districts. The school districts will either utilize
the commissioner's curriculum on anti-gun violence or establish a
course approved by the commissioner.

School authorities shall provide needed facilities, time, place,
learning aids and curriculum resource materials which contribute to
the effective teaching methods and learning in anti-gun violence.

JUSTIFICATION: Nationwide use of firearms is the second leading cause
of traumatic death related to a consumer product in the United States
and are the second most frequent cause of death overall for Americans
ages 15 to 24. Eight young people are killed by gun violence on an
average day in the United States and in the New York City Metropolitan
area, since the New York City police Department's 1-866-GUN-STOP
program inception in 2001; it has made nearly 5,000 arrests and
recovered over 2,700 guns.

Gun violence plagues many communities throughout the Empire State with
fatal shootings often grabbing local headlines and garnering national
attention. For example, in a story headlined "Neighborhood rallies for
peace a.s murders in Morris Heights area up 78 percent this year,
crime up, too" that ran-in the New York Daily News on October 11,
2011, it was reported that in the 46th precinct of the Borough of the
Bronx alone, the murder rate went up nearly 78 percent in the prior
year with 16 victims as of October 9, 2011 compared to the nine in the
same period in 2010. Overall crime in the precinct was up just 5
percent.

This legislation would address this pressing issue by requiring all
schools to include age appropriate anti-gun violence instruction as
part of classroom curriculum where students will gain a better
understanding of the impact of gun violence on their community and
implement strategies in reducing the issue.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012 - S. 7129 (Klein) / A. 9238 (Gibson)


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of July after
enactment.

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

                                  3053

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 29, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring  instruction
  in anti-gun violence in all schools

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

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 805 to
read as follows:
  S 805. ANTI-GUN VIOLENCE EDUCATION. 1. ALL SCHOOLS SHALL INCLUDE  AGE-
APPROPRIATE  INSTRUCTION ON ANTI-GUN VIOLENCE AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE
EDUCATION PROVIDED BY REGULAR CLASSROOM TEACHERS.
  2. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PRESCRIBE SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS REGARD-
ING INSTRUCTION ON ANTI-GUN VIOLENCE AS THE COMMISSIONER MAY DEEM NECES-
SARY AND DESIRABLE FOR THE HEALTH AND WELFARE OF PUPILS AND THE COMMUNI-
TY.  THE CONTENTS MAY BE VARIED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF  PARTICULAR  SCHOOL
DISTRICTS,  OR  PORTIONS THEREOF, AND NEED NOT BE UNIFORM THROUGHOUT THE
STATE, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT SCHOOL DISTRICTS SHALL UTILIZE EITHER THE
CURRICULUM FOR ANTI-GUN VIOLENCE INSTRUCTION PRESCRIBED BY  THE  COMMIS-
SIONER  OR  A  COURSE  APPROVED  BY  THE COMMISSIONER IN ACCORDANCE WITH
CRITERIA ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMISSIONER.
  3. SCHOOL AUTHORITIES SHALL PROVIDE THE NEEDED  FACILITIES,  TIME  AND
PLACE  FOR  THE  INSTRUCTION SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION AND SHALL PROVIDE
LEARNING AIDS AND CURRICULUM  RESOURCE  MATERIALS  WHICH  CONTRIBUTE  TO
EFFECTIVE TEACHING METHODS AND LEARNING IN ANTI-GUN VIOLENCE.
  S  2.  This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding
the date upon which it shall have become a law.  Effective  immediately,
the  addition,  amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation neces-
sary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is author-
ized to be made on or before such date.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01935-01-3

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