senate Bill S62A

Provides for a gun violence prevention program in the public schools

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 23 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 23 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 62A

Summary

Provides for a gun violence prevention program in the public schools; provides that the program is to be developed by the department of education in conjunction with other state agencies and educational organizations and is to be made available to schools for use in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade; provides for a report to the governor and the legislature on the program; enacts the "gun violence prevention act".

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Bill Details

Versions:
S62
S62A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง3204-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S669A
2009-2010: S4082

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BILL NUMBER:S62A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
creating a gun violence prevention program

PURPOSE:

Provides for a gun violence prevention program which may be utilized
in the public schools. The program will be developed by the State
Education Department, drawing upon the expertise of the Department of
Health, the Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Department
of Environmental Conservation.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

This bill adds a new section 3204-a to the education law directing the
State Education Department to develop and make available to
school-aged youth and their families a gun violence prevention
program. It also requires the Department to report to the Governor and
the Legislature one year after the effective date of the law,
assessing the results of the gun violence prevention program hereby
established. The bill provides that the report will include findings
as to the program's impact on reducing gunshot injuries among children
and adolescents, will offer recommendations as to whether the gun
violence prevention program should be expanded, modified, or
eliminated and whether other gun violence prevention programs should
be authorized.

JUSTIFICATION:

Gunshot injuries are a major cause of death for children and
adolescents in the United States, accounting for 12% of all premature
deaths. Further, for every young person who dies as the result of a
gunshot injury, five others are seriously injured by a gunshot.
Concentrated efforts in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse prevention
have demonstrated that preventative education can reduce risks for
youth. But while there are many drug prevention programs, there are
few gun violence prevention programs in existence. The intent of the
legislature in enacting the "gun violence prevention act" is to
implement a gun violence prevention program for school-aged youth and
their families. It is a primary prevention program designed to help
young people develop victim prevention skills and to rehearse
behaviors needed to manage problems, such as conflict and peer
pressure, non-violently, without guns. The program does not oppose gun
ownership or the well-supervised use of guns for hunting or sport.
Thus, this is not a "pro-gun" or "anti-gun" measure. It is simply
designed to use the resources of the State Education Department to
protect children from an untimely death due to a gunshot.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-12: S.669-A
2010: S.4082/A.506 - Referred to Education
2008: S.1930/A.8408 - Referred to Education
2007: S.1930/A.8408 - Referred to Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:


Small cost to the state for developing and disseminating materials.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it
shall have become a law.

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

                                  62--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. PERALTA, AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to  the  Committee  on  Education  --
  recommitted  to  the  Committee on Education in accordance with Senate
  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  education  law,  in  relation to creating a gun
  violence prevention program

  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 "gun
violence prevention act".
  S 2. Legislative intent. Gunshot injuries are a major cause  of  death
for children and adolescents in the United States, accounting for twelve
percent  of  all  premature  deaths. Further, for every young person who
dies as the result of  a  gunshot  injury,  five  others  are  seriously
injured  by  a  gunshot.  Concentrated  efforts in the areas of drug and
alcohol abuse prevention have demonstrated that preventive education can
reduce risks for youth. But although  there  are  many  drug  prevention
programs, there are few gun violence prevention programs in existence.
  The intent of the legislature in enacting the "gun violence prevention
act"  is  to implement a gun violence prevention program for school-aged
youth and  their  families  to  help  young  people  to  develop  victim
prevention  skills  and to rehearse behaviors needed to manage problems,
such as conflict and peer pressure,  non-violently,  without  guns.  The
program  would  not  oppose  gun ownership or the well-supervised use of
guns for hunting or sport.
  S 3. The education law is amended by adding a new  section  3204-a  to
read as follows:
  S  3204-A.  GUN  VIOLENCE  PREVENTION  PROGRAM.  1. THE DEPARTMENT, IN
CONSULTATION WITH SCHOOL DISTRICTS, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, THE  DIVI-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01089-02-4

S. 62--A                            2

SION  OF  CRIMINAL  JUSTICE  SERVICES,  THE  DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL
CONSERVATION AND ANY OTHER EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, IS AUTHORIZED  AND
DIRECTED  TO  DEVELOP  AND  MAKE  AVAILABLE  TO  SCHOOL  DISTRICTS A GUN
VIOLENCE  PREVENTION  PROGRAM.    THE  PROGRAM  SHALL INCLUDE: PRACTICAL
SKILLS WHICH STUDENTS CAN USE OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM;  OPPORTUNITIES  FOR
SELF-REFLECTION   AND  ROLE-PLAY  OF  STUDENTS'  COPING  MECHANISMS  AND
EMOTIONS; STUDENT-SET GOALS FOR CHANGE; THE  DEVELOPMENT  OF  COMPETENCY
AND  LEADERSHIP  SKILLS  TO ADDRESS ISSUES WITH PEERS AND THE COMMUNITY;
AND PARENTAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND SUPPORT IN THE PROGRAM.
  2. EVERY SCHOOL MAY  INSTRUCT  STUDENTS  IN  PRE-KINDERGARTEN  THROUGH
TWELFTH  GRADE  WITH  RESPECT TO GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION USING MATERIALS
PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR SUCH PURPOSE.  EACH  SCHOOL  ELECTING  TO
PROVIDE  SUCH INSTRUCTION MAY REQUEST INFORMATION AND RESOURCES THEREFOR
FROM THE DEPARTMENT PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE.
  3. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PROVIDE A  REPORT  TO  THE  GOVERNOR  AND  THE
LEGISLATURE ON OR BEFORE JULY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN, ASSESSING THE
RESULTS  OF  THE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAM ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO
THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. THE REPORT SHALL INCLUDE FINDINGS AS  TO
THE  PROGRAM'S  IMPACT  ON  REDUCING GUNSHOT INJURIES AMONG CHILDREN AND
ADOLESCENTS AND SHALL  OFFER  RECOMMENDATIONS  AS  TO  WHETHER  THE  GUN
VIOLENCE  PREVENTION PROGRAM SHOULD BE EXPANDED, MODIFIED OR ELIMINATED,
AND WHETHER OR NOT OTHER GUN  VIOLENCE  PREVENTION  PROGRAMS  SHOULD  BE
AUTHORIZED.
  S 4. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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