senate Bill S4467

Enacts the "occupational safety and health funding act"

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  • 03 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE

Summary

Enacts the "occupational safety and health funding act"; relates to the dedicated occupational safety and health training and education and occupational health clinic programs fund.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5327
Versions:
S4467
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
State Finance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §97-c, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: A2389, A2389
2009-2010: A469, A469
2007-2008: A4508B, A4508B

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BILL NUMBER:S4467

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state finance law, in relation to
enacting the "occupational safety and health funding act"

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

§ 1 - names the "Occupational Safety and Health Funding Act".

§ 2 - amends Section 97-c of the State Finance Law by adding language
in subsections 1, 2, 3 and 4 that requires dedicated funding for the
occupational safety and health training and education and occupational
health clinic programs fund. It also adds language to subsection 5
that indexes future increases to the funding to increases in the
maximum rate for workers' compensation benefits pursuant to Paragraph
(a) of subdivision 6 of section 15 of the workers' compensation law.

§ 3 - calls for an immediate effective date

JUSTIFICATION: Occupational clinics provide much needed health care
to workers and occupational safety and health training and education,
provides necessary services to reduce the number of injured workers.
These programs have long been subject to budget cuts that create
uncertainty and jeopardize the effectiveness in reducing injuries and
care for injured workers. This bill would safeguard these programs
from future funding cuts and would capture the increased assessment
based funds that will be made available as a result of future maximum
benefit increases.

Hopefully this legislation along with the recent reforms to the
Workers' Compensation system in the 2013-14 Enacted Budget will help
provide economies to the system by providing education and training to
drive down work related injuries and promote workplace safety.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S. 2249 of 2009-2010 Session - referred to
Finance, no further action.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4467

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 3, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the state finance  law,  in  relation  to  enacting  the
  "occupational safety and health funding act"

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited  as  the  "occupa-
tional safety and health funding act".
  S 2. Section 97-c of the state finance law, as added by chapter 886 of
the  laws of 1985, subdivisions 3 and 4 as amended by chapter 309 of the
laws of 1996, is amended to read as follows:
  S 97-c. [Training and education program  on  occupational  safety  and
health  fund]  DEDICATED  OCCUPATIONAL  SAFETY  AND  HEALTH TRAINING AND
EDUCATION AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH CLINIC  PROGRAMS  FUND.  1.  There  is
hereby established in the custody of the state comptroller the [training
and  education program on occupational safety and health fund] DEDICATED
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH TRAINING AND EDUCATION  AND  OCCUPATIONAL
HEALTH CLINIC PROGRAMS FUND.
  2.  Such  fund  shall consist of moneys collected from special compen-
sation assessments collected pursuant to the provisions of  section  one
hundred  fifty-one  of  the  workers'  compensation law FOR THE TRAINING
PROGRAM ON OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH AND  THE  OCCUPATIONAL  HEALTH
CLINIC NETWORK.
  3. Moneys of the fund shall be available to the New York state occupa-
tional safety and health hazard abatement board for purposes of carrying
out  the  provisions  of article twenty-nine of the labor law and to the
department of labor for worker protection activities under its jurisdic-
tion, AND TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH FOR SERVICES RELATED TO THE  OCCU-
PATIONAL HEALTH CLINIC NETWORK.
  4.  The  moneys shall be paid out of the fund on the audit and warrant
of the comptroller on vouchers certified or approved by the  chairperson

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01077-02-3

S. 4467                             2

of  the  board or his or her designee or by the commissioner of labor or
his or her designee, OR BY THE COMMISSIONER OF  HEALTH  OR  HIS  OR  HER
DESIGNEE.  NO  FUNDS  SHALL  BE  PAID  FOR  ANY PURPOSE OTHER THAN THOSE
ENUMERATED IN SUBDIVISION TWO OR THREE OF THIS SECTION.
  5.  Notwithstanding  the  provisions of any general or special law, no
moneys shall be available from the fund until  a  certificate  of  allo-
cation  and  a  schedule  of amounts to be available therefor shall have
been issued by the director of the budget, and a copy  of  such  certif-
icate filed with the comptroller. BEGINNING ON APRIL FIRST, TWO THOUSAND
FIFTEEN, AND FOR EACH SUCCEEDING YEAR, THE SCHEDULE OF AMOUNTS AVAILABLE
FOR THE TRAINING PROGRAM ON OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH AND THE OCCU-
PATIONAL  HEALTH CLINIC NETWORK SHALL REFLECT A PERCENTAGE INCREASE OVER
THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S FUNDING EQUAL TO  OR  GREATER  THAN  THE  PERCENTAGE
INCREASE IN THE MAXIMUM RATE FOR WORKERS' COMPENSATION BENEFITS PURSUANT
TO  PARAGRAPH  (A) OF SUBDIVISION SIX OF SECTION FIFTEEN OF THE WORKERS'
COMPENSATION LAW. Such certificate may be amended from time to  time  by
the  director  of  the budget and a copy of each such amendment shall be
filed with the comptroller.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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