senate Bill S3388

Relates to public hearings for hospital operating certificates

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    • Passed Assembly
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  • 01 / Feb / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH

Summary

Relates to public hearings for hospital operating certificates; requires they begin no earlier than 6pm.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8696
Versions:
S3388
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง2806, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S7623, S7623

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3388

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
public hearings for hospital operating certificates

PURPOSE: To require that public hearings to solicit community input for
hospital closures begin no earlier than 6 p.m. in the evening.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Subdivision 3 of section 2806 of the public
health law, as amended by chapter 105 of the laws of 1977, is amended to
require that the Commissioner shall set a time and a place for a public
hearing, and that no public hearing should begin prior to 6 p.m. in the
evening.

EXISTING LAW: Existing law does not require times for holding public
hearings in respect to hospital closures.

JUSTIFICATION: Several hospitals have closed in New York State in
recent years, and several more are slated for closure. The closing of
hospitals can have a devastating impact on the surrounding communities,
due to the loss of health care services and employment. Public hearings
have been held in the afternoon when most residents are at work and are
unable to participate in the public hearing. The Department of Health
must have a comprehensive understanding of the impact of the hospital
closing on the surrounding community, and it is imperative that public
hearings take place at such a time that is convenient for the residents
to attend.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.7623 Referred to Health Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: On the sixtieth day after it has become a law.

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

                                  3388

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation  to  public  hearings
  for hospital operating certificates

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 2806 of the public health law,  as
amended  by  chapter  105  of  the  laws  of 1977, is amended to read as
follows:
  3. The commissioner shall fix  a  time  and  place  for  the  hearing,
PROVIDED  THAT  NO  SUCH HEARING SHALL BEGIN BEFORE 6 P.M. A copy of the
charges, together with the notice of the time and place of the  hearing,
shall  be  served in person or mailed by registered or certified mail to
the hospital at least ten days before the date fixed  for  the  hearing.
The  hospital  shall  file  with the department not less than three days
prior to the hearing a written answer to the charges.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
have become a law.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08327-01-3

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