senate Bill S6659A

Relates to establishing a task force on adults with developmental disabilities

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Establishes a task force on adults with developmental disabilities to study, evaluate and develop recommendations concerning vocational, recreational and social needs of such adults.

Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8835A
Versions:
S6659
S6659A
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Add §13.41, Ment Hyg L

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BILL NUMBER:S6659A REVISED 7/9/14

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to
establishing the task force on adults with developmental disabilities;
and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration
thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Establishes the task force on adults
with developmental disabilities within the Office for People With
Developmental Disabilities.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Legislative findings.

Section 2: Amends the Mental Hygiene law adding a new section 13.41
which creates the Task Force on adults with developmental
disabilities.

The task force shall be comprised of ten members as follows:

*Commissioner of the Office for People With Developmental
Disabilities; `Commissioner of Health;
*Commissioner of Education;
*Commissioner of Housing and Community Renewal;
*Commissioner of Mental Health
*Commissioner of Labor; and
*Four (4) members with demonstrated expertise in issues relating to
the work of the task force, two (2) of whom are appointed by the
Governor, and one each appointed by the Temporary President of the
Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly.

The task force shall study, evaluate and develop recommendations
relating to specific actionable measures to support and meet the needs
of adults with developmental disabilities who are residents of the
state, including such needs as vocational, residential and social
needs. This study shall also evaluate the long term needs of adults
with developmental disabilities who reside with aging caregivers. The
recommendations of the task force shall comprise the basis for a
comprehensive plan for meeting the needs of adults with developmental
disabilities and shall be submitted to the Governor and the
Legislature on or before January 1st, 2016.

Section 3: Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: The legislature has found that individuals living with
developmental disabilities require a lifetime of person centered
supports and services, vet much of the focus on individuals with
developmental disabilities relates to education and development, and
neglects concerns that may arise later in a person's life, Currently,
there is a pressing need for policymakers and. advocates in the state
to formulate achievable goals for state government to meet in order to
better serve the community of adults with developmental disabilities.
To this end, it is in the public interest to establish a task force on
adults with developmental disabilities to develop a comprehensive plan
for meeting the various needs of adults with developmental
disabilities living in New York.


LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

Similar to: S.882 of 2013: Passed Senate and Assembly, vetoed by the
Governor, Veto No. 273

S.2135-B of 2012: Passed Senate, Died in Assembly Mental Health

S.2135-A of 2011: Passed Senate, Died in Assembly Mental Health

S.6647 of 2010: Referred to Mental Health and Developmental
Disabilities

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal to State.

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

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

                                 6659--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 25, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop-
  mental Disabilities -- committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to establishing the
  task force on adults with developmental  disabilities;  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 finds  that  develop-
mental  disabilities  require a lifetime of person-centered services and
supports, yet much of the focus on developmental disabilities relates to
education and development, and neglects concerns that may arise later in
a person's life. The legislature also finds that  adults  with  develop-
mental  disabilities  may face significant challenges in various aspects
of their lives, including such areas as job placement, housing and long-
term care. Consequently, the legislature finds that there is a  pressing
need for policymakers and advocates in the state to formulate achievable
goals for state government to meet in order to better serve the communi-
ty  of adults with developmental disabilities. To this end, it is in the
public interest to establish a task force on adults  with  developmental
disabilities  to  develop  a  comprehensive plan for meeting the various
needs of adults with developmental disabilities living in New York.
  S 2. The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new  section  13.41
to read as follows:
S 13.41 TASK FORCE ON ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES.
  (A) THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED THE TASK FORCE ON ADULTS WITH DEVELOP-
MENTAL  DISABILITIES  IN THE OFFICE. THE PURPOSE OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL
BE TO STUDY, EVALUATE AND DEVELOP RECOMMENDATIONS RELATING  TO  SPECIFIC
ACTIONABLE  MEASURES TO SUPPORT AND MEET THE NEEDS OF ADULTS WITH DEVEL-
OPMENTAL DISABILITIES WHO ARE RESIDENTS OF  THE  STATE,  INCLUDING  SUCH
NEEDS  AS  VOCATIONAL,  RESIDENTIAL  AND SOCIAL NEEDS. ADDITIONALLY, THE
TASK FORCE SHALL STUDY THE LONG TERM NEEDS OF ADULTS WITH  DEVELOPMENTAL
DISABILITIES WHO RESIDE WITH CAREGIVERS. THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14094-04-4

S. 6659--A                          2

FORCE  SHALL COMPRISE THE BASIS FOR A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR MEETING THE
NEEDS OF ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, AND SHALL BE  SUBMITTED
TO  THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (F) OF THIS
SECTION.
  (B) THE TASK FORCE SHALL CONSIST OF TEN MEMBERS AS FOLLOWS:
  (1)  THE  COMMISSIONER, THE COMMISSIONER OF MENTAL HEALTH, THE COMMIS-
SIONER OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY   RENEWAL, THE COMMISSIONER  OF  HEALTH,
THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION AND THE COMMISSIONER OF LABOR; AND
  (2) FOUR MEMBERS WITH DEMONSTRATED EXPERTISE IN ISSUES RELATING TO THE
WORK OF THE TASK FORCE; WITH TWO SUCH MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR,
ONE  SUCH MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AND
ONE SUCH MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, NO LATER  THAN
THE THIRTIETH DAY AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION.
  VACANCIES  IN  THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL BE FILLED IN THE
SAME MANNER PROVIDED FOR BY THE ORIGINAL APPOINTMENTS.
  (C) THE COMMISSIONER OR THE COMMISSIONER'S  DESIGNEE  SHALL  SERVE  AS
CHAIRPERSON  OF THE TASK FORCE. THE TASK FORCE SHALL ORGANIZE AS SOON AS
PRACTICABLE FOLLOWING THE APPOINTMENT OF ITS MEMBERS AND SHALL SELECT  A
VICE-CHAIRPERSON FROM AMONG THE MEMBERS. THE CHAIRPERSON SHALL APPOINT A
SECRETARY WHO NEED NOT BE A MEMBER OF THE TASK FORCE.
  (D)  THE  MEMBERS  OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL RECEIVE NO COMPENSATION FOR
THEIR SERVICES, BUT SHALL BE ALLOWED THEIR ACTUAL AND NECESSARY EXPENSES
INCURRED IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES.
  (E) TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT FEASIBLE, THE TASK FORCE SHALL  BE  ENTITLED
TO  REQUEST  AND  RECEIVE,  AND  SHALL UTILIZE AND BE PROVIDED WITH SUCH
FACILITIES, RESOURCES AND  DATA  OF  ANY  COURT,  DEPARTMENT,  DIVISION,
BOARD, BUREAU, COMMISSION OR AGENCY OF THE STATE OR ANY POLITICAL SUBDI-
VISION  THEREOF  AS  IT MAY REASONABLY REQUEST TO PROPERLY CARRY OUT ITS
POWERS AND DUTIES.
  (F) THE TASK FORCE SHALL REPORT ITS FINDINGS  AND  RECOMMENDATIONS  TO
THE  GOVERNOR,  THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF
THE ASSEMBLY ON OR BEFORE JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall  expire  and  be
deemed repealed two years after such effective date.

senate Bill S6659

Amended

Relates to establishing a task force on adults with developmental disabilities

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Summary

Establishes a task force on adults with developmental disabilities to study, evaluate and develop recommendations concerning vocational, recreational and social needs of such adults.

Bill Details

Versions:
S6659
S6659A
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Add §13.41, Ment Hyg L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6659 REVISED 6/16/14

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to
establishing the task force on adults with intellectual disabilities;
and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration
thereof

PURPOSE: Establishes the task force on adults with developmental
disabilities within the Office for People With Developmental
Disabilities.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Legislative findings.

Section 2: Amends the Mental Hygiene law adding a new section 13.41
which creates the Task Force on adults with developmental
disabilities.

The task force shall be comprised of ten members as follows:

*Commissioner of the Office for People With Developmental
Disabilities;
*Commissioner of Health;
*Commissioner of Education;
*Commissioner of Housing and Community Renewal;
*Commissioner of Mental Health
*Commissioner of Labor; and
*Four (4) members with demonstrated expertise in issues relating to
the work of the task force, two (2) of whom are appointed by the
Governor, and one each appointed by the Temporary President of the
Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly.

The task force shall study, evaluate and develop recommendations
relating to specific actionable measures to support and meet the needs
of adults with developmental disabilities who are residents of the
state, including such needs as vocational, residential and social
needs. This study shall also evaluate the long term needs of adults
with developmental disabilities who reside with aging caregivers. The
recommendations of the task force shall comprise the basis for a
comprehensive plan for meeting the needs of adults with developmental
disabilities and shall be submitted to the Governor and the
Legislature on or before January 1st, 2016.

Section 3: Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: The legislature has found that adults living with
developmental disabilities require a lifetime of person-centered
supports and services, yet much of the focus on developmental
disabilities relates to education and development, and neglects
concerns that may arise later in a person's life. There is a pressing
need for policymakers and advocates in the state to formulate
achievable goals for state government to meet in order to better serve
the community of adults with intellectual disabilities. To this end,
it is in the Public interest to establish a task force on adults with
developmental disabilities to develop a comprehensive plan for meeting


the various needs of adults with developmental disabilities living in
New York.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Similar to: S.882 of 2013: Passed Senate and
Assembly, vetoed by the Governor, Veto No. 273

S.2135-B of 2012: Passed Senate, Died in Assembly Mental Health

S.2135-A of 2011: Passed Senate, Died in Assembly Mental Health

S.6647 of 2010: Referred to Mental Health and Developmental
Disabilities

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal to the State.

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

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

                                  6659

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 25, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop-
  mental Disabilities

AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to establishing  the
  task force on adults with intellectual disabilities; 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 finds that  intellec-
tual  disabilities  is  a  lifelong disability, yet much of the focus on
intellectual disabilities relates  to  education  and  development,  and
neglects  concerns that may arise later in a person's life. The legisla-
ture also finds that adults  with  intellectual  disabilities  may  face
significant challenges in various aspects of their lives, including such
areas  as  job  placement, housing and long-term care. Consequently, the
legislature finds that there is a pressing  need  for  policymakers  and
advocates  in  the state to formulate achievable goals for state govern-
ment to meet in order to better  serve  the  community  of  adults  with
intellectual  disabilities. To this end, it is in the public interest to
establish a task force  on  adults  with  intellectual  disabilities  to
develop  a  comprehensive  plan  for meeting the various needs of adults
with intellectual disabilities living in New York.
  S 2. The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new  section  13.41
to read as follows:
S 13.41 TASK FORCE ON ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES.
  (A)  THERE  IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED THE TASK FORCE ON ADULTS WITH INTEL-
LECTUAL DISABILITIES IN THE OFFICE. THE PURPOSE OF THE TASK FORCE  SHALL
BE  TO  STUDY, EVALUATE AND DEVELOP RECOMMENDATIONS RELATING TO SPECIFIC
ACTIONABLE MEASURES TO SUPPORT AND MEET THE NEEDS OF ADULTS WITH  INTEL-
LECTUAL  DISABILITIES  WHO  ARE  RESIDENTS  OF THE STATE, INCLUDING SUCH
NEEDS AS VOCATIONAL, RESIDENTIAL AND  SOCIAL  NEEDS.  ADDITIONALLY,  THE
TASK  FORCE  SHALL STUDY THE LONG TERM NEEDS OF ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL
DISABILITIES WHO HAVE AGING CAREGIVERS. THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE  TASK
FORCE  SHALL COMPRISE THE BASIS FOR A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR MEETING THE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14094-01-4

S. 6659                             2

NEEDS OF ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES, AND SHALL  BE  SUBMITTED
TO  THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (F) OF THIS
SECTION.
  (B) THE TASK FORCE SHALL CONSIST OF NINE MEMBERS AS FOLLOWS:
  (1)  THE COMMISSIONER, THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH, THE COMMISSIONER OF
EDUCATION, THE DEPUTY  COMMISSIONER  FOR  ADULT  CAREER  AND  CONTINUING
EDUCATION  SERVICES WITHIN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE COMMISSIONER
OF LABOR; AND
  (2) FOUR MEMBERS WITH DEMONSTRATED EXPERTISE IN ISSUES RELATING TO THE
WORK OF THE TASK FORCE; WITH TWO SUCH MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR,
ONE SUCH MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE,  AND
ONE  SUCH MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, NO LATER THAN
THE THIRTIETH DAY AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION.
  VACANCIES IN THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL BE FILLED  IN  THE
SAME MANNER PROVIDED FOR BY THE ORIGINAL APPOINTMENTS.
  (C)  THE  COMMISSIONER  OR  THE COMMISSIONER'S DESIGNEE SHALL SERVE AS
CHAIRPERSON OF THE TASK FORCE. THE TASK FORCE SHALL ORGANIZE AS SOON  AS
PRACTICABLE  FOLLOWING THE APPOINTMENT OF ITS MEMBERS AND SHALL SELECT A
VICE-CHAIRPERSON FROM AMONG THE MEMBERS. THE CHAIRPERSON SHALL APPOINT A
SECRETARY WHO NEED NOT BE A MEMBER OF THE TASK FORCE.
  (D) THE MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE SHALL RECEIVE  NO  COMPENSATION  FOR
THEIR SERVICES, BUT SHALL BE ALLOWED THEIR ACTUAL AND NECESSARY EXPENSES
INCURRED IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES.
  (E)  TO  THE MAXIMUM EXTENT FEASIBLE, THE TASK FORCE SHALL BE ENTITLED
TO REQUEST AND RECEIVE, AND SHALL UTILIZE  AND  BE  PROVIDED  WITH  SUCH
FACILITIES,  RESOURCES  AND  DATA  OF  ANY  COURT, DEPARTMENT, DIVISION,
BOARD, BUREAU, COMMISSION OR AGENCY OF THE STATE OR ANY POLITICAL SUBDI-
VISION THEREOF AS IT MAY REASONABLY REQUEST TO PROPERLY  CARRY  OUT  ITS
POWERS AND DUTIES.
  (F)  THE  TASK  FORCE SHALL REPORT ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO
THE GOVERNOR, THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE  SPEAKER  OF
THE ASSEMBLY ON OR BEFORE APRIL FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN.
  S  3. This act shall take effect April 1, 2015 and shall expire and be
deemed repealed 1 year after such effective date.

senate Bill S5520B

Authorizes long term antibiotic treatment for certain patients with Lyme disease

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Summary

Authorizes long term antibiotic treatment for certain patients with Lyme disease and provides that physicians shall not be subject to disciplinary action for such treatment.

Bill Details

Versions:
S5520
S5520A
S5520B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §230-e, Pub Health L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5520B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
authorizing long term antibiotic treatment for certain patients with
Lyme disease

PURPOSE: Allows for a licensed physician to prescribe, administer or
dispense long-term antibiotic therapy to a patient upon making a
clinical diagnosis that such patient has Lyme disease and as a result,
cannot face disciplinary action by the New York State Board of
Professional Medical Conduct solely for prescribing, administering, or
dispensing such treatment.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 outlines the legislative intent and findings.

Section 2 amends the public health law adds a new article relating to
the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. It sets forth that a
healthcare professional may prescribe, administer or dispense
antibiotic therapy to a patient in order to eliminate such infection
or control a patient's symptoms upon making a clinical diagnosis of
Lyme disease.

This section stipulates that no physician shall be subject to
professional discipline under this article or title eight of the
education law prescribing, administering or dispensing long-term
antibiotic therapy or other care that the healthcare professional
determines to be reasonable and intended to benefit a patient
clinically diagnosed with Lyme disease.

Section 3 sets forth that this bill shall take effect immediately and
shall apply to any professional discipline matter or administrative or
judicial review thereof pending on or after the date on which this act
takes effect.

JUSTIFICATION: Cases of Lyme Disease, which are often caused by bites
from deer ticks, have grown tremendously in New York State in the past
decade. While many cases are treated within 14-28 days after symptoms
erupt and are successfully eradicated, chronic Lyme Disease can occur
if treatment is not sought immediately. The symptoms can range from
flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, chills, fever, and headache, to
swelling of the joints, and heart and central nervous system problems
if left untreated.

Currently, there is no definitive testing or treatment for chronic
Lyme Disease. Doctors are left to treat patients in the best way
possible, prescribing antibiotics, a standard prescription for Lyme
Disease, for therapeutic long term treatment of symptoms. However,
because of the lack of consensus surrounding treatment and diagnosis
for chronic Lyme Disease, and the cost of such treatments for
insurance companies, these doctors are being investigated by insurers
and licensing boards, with the possibility of losing their medical
license. This legislation allows doctors to prescribe long term
antibiotic therapy to a person with symptoms of chronic Lyme Disease
if the diagnosis and treatment plan is documented in the physician's
record for the patient, and if the physician monitors the ongoing care


of the patient receiving treatment. This will not only protect
doctors, but also ease the pain of patients who continue to suffer
with this debilitating disease.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 5520--B

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. GIPSON, CARLUCCI, HOYLMAN, LATIMER -- read twice and
  ordered  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on
  Health -- committee discharged, bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as
  amended  and  recommitted  to  said  committee  --  recommitted to the
  Committee on Health 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 public health law, in relation to  authorizing  long
  term antibiotic treatment for certain patients with Lyme disease

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

  Section 1.  Legislative  findings  and  intent.  Lyme  disease  is  an
infection transmitted to humans by ticks at epidemic proportions.  Based
on  New York state department of health figures, over 50,000 state resi-
dents contracted Lyme disease in 2012  alone.    In  the  case  of  Lyme
disease,  the  practice  of  medicine  has  not  kept pace with research
advances on the biological agents responsible for the disease  symptoms.
Outdated  and  disputed diagnostic and treatment guidelines prevent many
of those afflicted from receiving evidenced-based treatment options that
could mean the difference between a healthy life and one of chronic pain
and progressive disability. Where science  and  medicine  are  evolving,
patients'  rights  must  be paramount. Patients with Lyme disease should
have the same rights as those with other diseases. They  must  have  the
right  to  be seen and treated by the practitioner of their choice, have
the right to be informed that there are differing professional judgments
about appropriate care for Lyme  disease,  and  to  participate  in  the
choice of treatment as it pertains to their circumstance and preference.
The rights of the patients hinge upon the ability of the practitioner to
act  in  the  best interest of the patient without fear of reprisal from
the professional discipline system when more than one set of  guidelines

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11023-09-4

S. 5520--B                          2

exist.  This  legislation  intends  to protect the rights of patients to
access evidence-based treatment options for Lyme disease, in New York.
  S 2. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 230-e to
read as follows:
  S  230-E. DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF LYME DISEASE. 1. FOR THE PURPOSES
OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  (A) "LYME DISEASE" MEANS THE PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL  DIAGNOSIS  OF  THE
PRESENCE  IN  A  PATIENT  OF  SIGNS  AND  SYMPTOMS COMPATIBLE WITH ACUTE
INFECTION WITH BORRELIA BURGDORFERI,  OR  WITH  LATE  STAGE  OR  CHRONIC
INFECTION  WITH  BORRELIA  BURGDORFERI, OR WITH COMPLICATIONS RELATED TO
SUCH AN INFECTION. "LYME DISEASE" INCLUDES  INFECTION  WHICH  MEETS  THE
SURVEILLANCE  CRITERIA  SET  FORTH BY THE US CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL
AND PREVENTION (CDC), BUT ALSO INCLUDES OTHER ACUTE AND CHRONIC MANIFES-
TATIONS OF SUCH AN INFECTION AS DETERMINED BY A DIAGNOSING  HEALTH  CARE
PROFESSIONAL.
  (B)  "LONG  TERM  ANTIBIOTIC  THERAPY"  MEANS  ADMINISTRATION OF ORAL,
INTRAMUSCULAR OR INTRAVENOUS ANTIBIOTICS, SINGLY OR IN COMBINATION,  FOR
PERIODS OF GREATER THAN FOUR WEEKS.
  (C)  "HEALTH  CARE  PROFESSIONAL"  MEANS  A  HEALTH  CARE PROFESSIONAL
AUTHORIZED TO PRACTICE UNDER TITLE EIGHT OF THE  EDUCATION  LAW,  ACTING
WITHIN THE LAWFUL SCOPE OF HIS OR HER PRACTICE.
  2.  A  HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL MAY PRESCRIBE, ADMINISTER, OR DISPENSE
ANTIBIOTIC THERAPY TO A PATIENT IN ORDER TO ELIMINATE SUCH INFECTION  OR
CONTROL  A  PATIENT'S  SYMPTOMS UPON MAKING A CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS OF LYME
DISEASE. NO HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL SHALL BE  SUBJECT  TO  PROFESSIONAL
DISCIPLINE  UNDER  THIS  ARTICLE OR TITLE EIGHT OF THE EDUCATION LAW FOR
PRESCRIBING, ADMINISTERING OR DISPENSING LONG-TERM ANTIBIOTIC THERAPY OR
OTHER CARE THAT THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL DETERMINES TO BE REASONABLE
AND INTENDED  TO  BENEFIT  A  PATIENT  CLINICALLY  DIAGNOSED  WITH  LYME
DISEASE.
  S  3.  This  act  shall take effect immediately and shall apply to any
professional discipline matter  or  administrative  or  judicial  review
thereof pending on or after the date on which this act takes effect.

senate Bill S5520A

Amended

Authorizes long term antibiotic treatment for certain patients with Lyme disease

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  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Summary

Authorizes long term antibiotic treatment for certain patients with Lyme disease and provides that physicians shall not be subject to disciplinary action for such treatment.

Bill Details

Versions:
S5520
S5520A
S5520B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 27-I §§2798-a - 2798-b, Pub Health L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5520A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
authorizing long term antibiotic treatment for certain patients with
Lyme disease

PURPOSE: To authorize the usage of antibiotics as a therapeutic long
term treatment for chronic Lyme Disease.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill amends the public health law to add a
new article relating to the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.
This new article defines Lyme disease to include infection which meets
the surveillance criteria set forth by the US Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) and other acute and chronic
manifestations of such an infection as determined by the physician.
In addition, it sets forth that licensed physicians may prescribe,
administer or dispense long-term antibiotic therapy for a patient with
Lyme disease.

This new article denies the right of the medical board to deny,
revoke, or suspend the license of a physician or discipline any
physician who prescribes, administers or dispense long-term antibiotic
therapy for therapeutic purpose for a patient clinically diagnosed
with Lyme Disease,

Finally, the article sets forth that nothing in this section denies
the right of the board to deny, revoke, or suspend the license of any
physician who prescribes, administers or dispense long-term antibiotic
therapy for non-therapeutic reasons, or fails to monitor a patient
receiving such treatment or who fails to maintain complete or accurate
records.

Section 2 sets forth that this bill shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION: Cases of Lyme Disease, which are often caused by bites
from deer ticks, have grown tremendously in New York State in the past
decade. While many cases are treated within 14-28 days after symptoms
erupt and are successfully eradicated, chronic Lyme Disease can occur
if treatment is not sought immediately. The symptoms can range from
flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, chills, fever, and headache, to
swelling of the joints, and heart and central nervous system problems
if left untreated.

Currently, there is no definitive testing or treatment for chronic
Lyme Disease. Doctors are left to treat patients in the best way
possible, Prescribing antibiotics, a standard prescription for Lyme
Disease, for therapeutic long term treatment of symptoms. However,
because of the lack of consensus surrounding treatment and diagnosis
for chronic Lyme Disease, and the cost of such treatments for
insurance companies, these doctors are being investigated by insurers
and licensing boards, with the possibility of losing their medical
license. This legislation allows doctors to prescribe long term
antibiotic therapy to a person with symptoms of chronic Lyme Disease
if the diagnosis and treatment plan is documented in the Physician's
record for the patient, and if the physician monitors the ongoing care
of the patient receiving treatment. This will not only protect


doctors, hilt also ease the main of Patients who continue to suffer
with this debilitating disease.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 5520--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN  ACT  to amend the public health law, in relation to authorizing long
  term antibiotic treatment for certain patients with Lyme disease

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

  Section  1.  The  public health law is amended by adding a new article
27-I to read as follows:
                              ARTICLE 27-I
                         TREATMENT OF LYME DISEASE
  SECTION 2798-A. DEFINITIONS.
          2798-B. DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF LYME DISEASE.
  S 2798-A. DEFINITIONS.  FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE  FOLLOW-
ING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  1.  "BOARD"  MEANS  THE  NEW YORK STATE BOARD FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL
CONDUCT;
  2. "LYME DISEASE" MEANS THE CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS BY A PHYSICIAN  OF  THE
PRESENCE  IN  A  PATIENT  OF  SIGNS  AND  SYMPTOMS COMPATIBLE WITH ACUTE
INFECTION WITH BORRELIA BURGDORFERI,  OR  WITH  LATE  STAGE  OR  CHRONIC
INFECTION  WITH  BORRELIA  BURGDORFERI, OR WITH COMPLICATIONS RELATED TO
SUCH AN INFECTION. "LYME DISEASE" INCLUDES  INFECTION  WHICH  MEETS  THE
SURVEILLANCE  CRITERIA  SET  FORTH BY THE US CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL
AND PREVENTION (CDC), BUT ALSO INCLUDES OTHER ACUTE AND CHRONIC MANIFES-
TATIONS OF SUCH AN INFECTION AS DETERMINED BY THE PHYSICIAN;
  3. "PHYSICIAN" MEANS PERSONS LICENSED PURSUANT TO ARTICLE ONE  HUNDRED
THIRTY-ONE OF THE EDUCATION LAW BY THE BOARD;
  4.  "THERAPEUTIC  PURPOSE"  MEANS  THE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS TO CONTROL A
PATIENT'S SYMPTOMS DETERMINED BY THE PHYSICIAN AS REASONABLY RELATED  TO
LYME DISEASE AND ITS SEQUELAE;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11023-04-3

S. 5520--A                          2

  5. "LONG TERM ANTIBIOTIC THERAPY" MEANS ADMINISTRATION OF ORAL, INTRA-
MUSCULAR OR INTRAVENOUS ANTIBIOTICS, SINGLY OR IN COMBINATION, FOR PERI-
ODS OF GREATER THAN FOUR WEEKS.
  S  2798-B.  DIAGNOSIS  AND  TREATMENT  OF LYME DISEASE. (A) A LICENSED
PHYSICIAN MAY PRESCRIBE, ADMINISTER  OR  DISPENSE  LONG-TERM  ANTIBIOTIC
THERAPY  TO  A  PATIENT  FOR  A THERAPEUTIC PURPOSE THAT ELIMINATES SUCH
INFECTION OR CONTROLS A PATIENT'S SYMPTOMS UPON MAKING A CLINICAL  DIAG-
NOSIS THAT SUCH PATIENT HAS LYME DISEASE OR DISPLAYS SYMPTOMS CONSISTENT
WITH  A CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS OF LYME DISEASE, PROVIDED SUCH CLINICAL DIAG-
NOSIS AND TREATMENT ARE DOCUMENTED IN THE PATIENT'S MEDICAL  RECORDS  BY
SUCH  LICENSED PHYSICIAN.  NO PHYSICIAN SHALL BE SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINARY
ACTION BY THE BOARD SOLELY FOR PRESCRIBING, ADMINISTERING OR  DISPENSING
LONG-TERM  ANTIBIOTIC  THERAPY  FOR  A THERAPEUTIC PURPOSE FOR A PATIENT
CLINICALLY DIAGNOSED WITH LYME DISEASE, IF SUCH DIAGNOSIS AND  TREATMENT
PLAN  HAS  BEEN  DOCUMENTED  IN  THE PHYSICIAN'S MEDICAL RECORD FOR THAT
PATIENT.
  (B) NOTHING IN THIS SECTION DENIES THE RIGHT OF  THE  BOARD  TO  DENY,
REVOKE, OR SUSPEND THE LICENSE OF ANY PHYSICIAN OR DISCIPLINE ANY PHYSI-
CIAN  WHO  PRESCRIBES,  ADMINISTERS,  OR  DISPENSES LONG-TERM ANTIBIOTIC
THERAPY FOR A NON-THERAPEUTIC PURPOSE, OR WHO FAILS TO MONITOR THE ONGO-
ING CARE OF A PATIENT RECEIVING LONG-TERM  ANTIBIOTIC  THERAPY,  OR  WHO
FAILS TO KEEP COMPLETE AND ACCURATE ONGOING RECORDS OF THE DIAGNOSIS AND
TREATMENT OF A PATIENT RECEIVING LONG-TERM ANTIBIOTIC THERAPY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

senate Bill S5520

Amended

Authorizes long term antibiotic treatment for certain patients with Lyme disease

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Summary

Authorizes long term antibiotic treatment for certain patients with Lyme disease and provides that physicians shall not be subject to disciplinary action for such treatment.

Bill Details

Versions:
S5520
S5520A
S5520B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 27-I §§2798-a - 2798-b, Pub Health L

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BILL NUMBER:S5520

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
authorizing long term antibiotic treatment for certain patients with
Lyme disease

PURPOSE: To authorize the usage of antibiotics as a therapeutic long
term treatment for chronic Lyme Disease.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill amends the public health law to add
a new article relating to the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.
This new article defines Lyme disease to include infection which meets
the surveillance criteria set forth by the US Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) and other acute and chronic
manifestations of such an infection as determined by the physician. In
addition, it sets forth that licensed physicians may prescribe,
administer or dispense long-term antibiotic therapy for a patient with
Lyme disease.

This new article denies the right of the medical board to deny,
revoke, or suspend the license of a physician or discipline any
physician who prescribes, administers or dispense long-term antibiotic
therapy for therapeutic purpose for a patient clinically diagnosed
with Lyme Disease.

Finally, the article sets forth that nothing in this section denies
the right of the board to deny, revoke, or suspend the license of any
physician who prescribes, administers or dispense long-term antibiotic
therapy for non-therapeutic reasons, or fails to monitor a patient
receiving such treatment or who fails to maintain complete or accurate
records.

Section 2 sets forth that this bill shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION: Cases of Lyme Disease, which are often caused by bites
from deer ticks, have grown tremendously in New York State in the past
decade. While many cases are treated within 14-28 days after symptoms
erupt and are successfully eradicated, chronic Lyme Disease can occur
if treatment is not sought immediately. The symptoms can range from
flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, chills, fever, and headache, to
swelling of the joints, and heart and central nervous system problems
if left untreated.

Currently, there is no definitive testing or treatment for chronic
Lyme Disease. Doctors are left to treat patients in the best way
possible, Prescribing antibiotics, a standard prescription for Lyme
Disease, for therapeutic long term treatment of symptoms. However,
because of the lack of consensus surrounding treatment and diagnosis
for chronic Lyme Disease, and the cost of such treatments for
insurance companies, these doctors are being investigated by insurers
and licensing boards, with the possibility of losing their medical
license. This legislation allows doctors to prescribe long term
antibiotic therapy to a person with symptoms of chronic Lyme Disease
if the diagnosis and treatment plan is documented in the Physician's
record for the patient, and if the physician monitors the ongoing care
of the patient receiving treatment. This will not only protect


doctors, hilt also ease the main of Patients who continue to suffer
with this debilitating disease.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  5520

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GIPSON -- 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  authorizing  long
  term antibiotic treatment for certain patients with Lyme disease

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

  Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding  a  new  article
27-I to read as follows:
                              ARTICLE 27-I
                         TREATMENT OF LYME DISEASE
  SECTION 2798-A. DEFINITIONS.
          2798-B. DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF LYME DISEASE.
  S  2798-A. DEFINITIONS.  FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOW-
ING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  1. "BOARD" MEANS THE NEW YORK STATE  BOARD  FOR  PROFESSIONAL  MEDICAL
CONDUCT;
  2.  "LYME  DISEASE" MEANS THE CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS BY A PHYSICIAN OF THE
PRESENCE IN A PATIENT  OF  SIGNS  AND  SYMPTOMS  COMPATIBLE  WITH  ACUTE
INFECTION  WITH  BORRELIA  BURGDORFERI,  OR  WITH  LATE STAGE OR CHRONIC
INFECTION WITH BORRELIA BURGDORFERI, OR WITH  COMPLICATIONS  RELATED  TO
SUCH  AN  INFECTION.  "LYME  DISEASE" INCLUDES INFECTION WHICH MEETS THE
SURVEILLANCE CRITERIA SET FORTH BY THE US CENTERS  FOR  DISEASE  CONTROL
AND PREVENTION (CDC), BUT ALSO INCLUDES OTHER ACUTE AND CHRONIC MANIFES-
TATIONS OF SUCH AN INFECTION AS DETERMINED BY THE PHYSICIAN;
  3.  "PHYSICIAN" MEANS PERSONS LICENSED PURSUANT TO ARTICLE ONE HUNDRED
THIRTY-ONE OF THIS CHAPTER BY THE BOARD;
  4. "THERAPEUTIC PURPOSE" MEANS THE USE OF  ANTIBIOTICS  TO  CONTROL  A
PATIENT'S  SYMPTOMS DETERMINED BY THE PHYSICIAN AS REASONABLY RELATED TO
LYME DISEASE AND ITS SEQUELAE;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11023-02-3

S. 5520                             2

  5. "LONG TERM ANTIBIOTIC THERAPY" MEANS ADMINISTRATION OF ORAL, INTRA-
MUSCULAR OR INTRAVENOUS ANTIBIOTICS, SINGLY OR IN COMBINATION, FOR PERI-
ODS OF GREATER THAN FOUR WEEKS.
  S  2798-B.  DIAGNOSIS  AND  TREATMENT  OF LYME DISEASE. (A) A LICENSED
PHYSICIAN MAY PRESCRIBE, ADMINISTER  OR  DISPENSE  LONG-TERM  ANTIBIOTIC
THERAPY  TO  A  PATIENT  FOR  A THERAPEUTIC PURPOSE THAT ELIMINATES SUCH
INFECTION OR CONTROLS A PATIENT'S SYMPTOMS UPON MAKING A CLINICAL  DIAG-
NOSIS THAT SUCH PATIENT HAS LYME DISEASE OR DISPLAYS SYMPTOMS CONSISTENT
WITH  A CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS OF LYME DISEASE, PROVIDED SUCH CLINICAL DIAG-
NOSIS AND TREATMENT ARE DOCUMENTED IN THE PATIENT'S MEDICAL  RECORDS  BY
SUCH  LICENSED PHYSICIAN.  NO PHYSICIAN SHALL BE SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINARY
ACTION BY THE BOARD SOLELY FOR PRESCRIBING, ADMINISTERING OR  DISPENSING
LONG-TERM  ANTIBIOTIC  THERAPY  FOR  A THERAPEUTIC PURPOSE FOR A PATIENT
CLINICALLY DIAGNOSED WITH LYME DISEASE, IF SUCH DIAGNOSIS AND  TREATMENT
PLAN  HAS  BEEN  DOCUMENTED  IN  THE PHYSICIAN'S MEDICAL RECORD FOR THAT
PATIENT.
  (B) NOTHING IN THIS SECTION DENIES THE RIGHT OF  THE  BOARD  TO  DENY,
REVOKE, OR SUSPEND THE LICENSE OF ANY PHYSICIAN OR DISCIPLINE ANY PHYSI-
CIAN  WHO  PRESCRIBES,  ADMINISTERS,  OR  DISPENSES LONG-TERM ANTIBIOTIC
THERAPY FOR A NON-THERAPEUTIC PURPOSE, OR WHO FAILS TO MONITOR THE ONGO-
ING CARE OF A PATIENT RECEIVING LONG-TERM  ANTIBIOTIC  THERAPY,  OR  WHO
FAILS TO KEEP COMPLETE AND ACCURATE ONGOING RECORDS OF THE DIAGNOSIS AND
TREATMENT OF A PATIENT RECEIVING LONG-TERM ANTIBIOTIC THERAPY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

senate Bill S6292

Relates to awarding high school diplomas to veterans; repealer

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Summary

Relates to awarding high school diplomas to veterans.

Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9597
Versions:
S6292
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Rpld §305 subs 29-a & 29-b, amd §305, Ed L

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BILL NUMBER:S6292

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
awarding high school diplomas to veterans; and repealing certain
provisions of such law relating thereto

PURPOSE: To allow any veteran who has served this nation to be awarded
a high school degree based on their knowledge and experience gained
while in service.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the education law to
allow for any veteran who has served this nation to be awarded a high
school degree based on their knowledge and experience gained while in
service. Current law allows for a Veteran of World War II, Korean
War, and the Vietnam War to be eligible for a high school degree, this
section allows all Veterans to be eligible. Section 2 is the effective
date.

JUSTIFICATION: Operation Recognition currently allows World War II,
Korean, and Vietnam Veterans to receive their high school diploma.
This legislation would expand this program to cover all veterans.

These veterans who served in our military did so to protect our
country and deserve the full support of this State. Operation
Recognition has been very successful and well received, however it
does not cover events that have occurred over the approximate last
forty years. Veterans who served since Vietnam deserve the opportunity
to receive their High School diploma if they so desire.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6292

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 9, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. GRISANTI, AVELLA, BONACIC, DILAN, LATIMER, LIBOUS,
  MAZIARZ, MONTGOMERY, PARKER, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on  Veterans,  Home-
  land Security and Military Affairs

AN  ACT  to amend the education law, in relation to awarding high school
  diplomas to veterans; and repealing certain  provisions  of  such  law
  relating thereto

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

  Section 1. Subdivisions 29-a and 29-b of section 305 of the  education
law are REPEALED, and subdivision 29, as added by chapter 40 of the laws
of 2000, is amended to read as follows:
  29.  The  commissioner shall develop a program whereby any veteran [of
the armed forces who served in world war II and] WHO HAS SERVED  IN  THE
ACTIVE  MILITARY  OR NAVAL SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES AND WHO HAS BEEN
DISCHARGED FROM SUCH SERVICE UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS, who was unable,
for any reason, to complete a secondary education, may be awarded a high
school diploma  based  on  knowledge  and  experience  gained  while  in
service.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13253-02-4

senate Bill S592

Increases the veteran's real property tax exemption from $5000 to $7500

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  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Summary

Increases the real property tax exemption a veteran may receive on real property purchased with eligible funds from $5,000 to $7,500 of the assessed value of such property.

Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2124
Versions:
S592
Law Section:
Real Property Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §458, RPT L

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BILL NUMBER:S592

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the real property tax law, in relation to increasing
exemption for veterans

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA:
Amends paragraph two, subdivision one of Section 458 of the Real
Property Tax Law to increase the exemption a veteran may receive on
real property purchased with eligible funds from the present $5,000
to $7,500 of the assessed value of that property.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Amends paragraph two, subdivision one of Section 458 of the Real
Property Tax Law to provide that real property owned by a veteran
shall be exempt up to $7,500 of assessed valuation when the property
shall have been purchased with eligible funds. Any established or
newly claimed exemption in excess of fifty dollars shall be allowed
as the nearest multiple of fifty dollars and if there is no nearest
multiple of fifty dollars the exemption shall be allowed in the
amount of the next higher multiple of fifty dollars. Claims for
exemption can be granted even if there is a mingling of such eligible
funds with other funds or their retention by the United States for
insurance premiums.

JUSTIFICATION:
This act will make more realistic and meaningful, the value of the
exemption which was within the intent of the Legislature when it
originally passed the law. The dollar value has certainly decreased
at least 5096 since the law was originally enacted more than twenty
years ago. This act, while changing the dollar amount of the
exemption, will afford the veteran homeowner substantially the same
value of tax relief as he first received when the law originally went
into effect.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2012: Senate Bill
2535 (Gianaris) - Died in Senate Veterans,
Homeland Security & Military Affairs Committee
2012: Assembly Bill
4878 (Simotas) - Died in Assembly Veterans'
Affairs Committee
2010: Assembly Bill
3531 (Gianaris) - Died in Assembly Ways &
Means Committee
2008: Assembly Bill
4282 (Gianaris) - Died in Assembly Ways &
Means Committee
2006: Assembly Bill
4405 (Gianaris) - Died in Assembly Ways &
Means Committee
2004: Assembly Bill
2501 (Gianaris) - Died in Assembly Veterans'
Affairs Committee
2002: Assembly Bill


3941 (Gianaris) - Died in Assembly Ways &
Means Committee
2000: Senate Bill
483 (Onorato) - Died in Senate Veteran &
Military Affairs Committee
2000: Assembly Bill
4854 (Butler) - Died in Assembly Ways & Means
Committee
1998: Senate Bill
1839 (Onorato) - Died in Senate Veteran
& Military Affairs Committee
1998: Assembly Bill
2723 (Butler) - Died in Assembly Veterans'
Affairs Committee
1996: Senate Bill
1318 (Onorato) - Died in Senate Veteran &
Military Affairs Committee
1996: Assembly Bill
2004 (Butler) - Died in Assembly Veterans'
Affairs Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATION FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
Undetermined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the
date on which it shall have become a law.

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

                                   592

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GIANARIS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs

AN ACT to amend the real property tax law,  in  relation  to  increasing
  exemption for veterans

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

  Section 1.  Paragraph 2 of subdivision 1 of section 458  of  the  real
property  tax  law,  as  amended  by chapter 488 of the laws of 1998, is
amended to read as follows:
  (2) Except as provided in subdivision five of this  section,  no  such
exemption  on  account  of eligible funds paid on account of military or
naval services rendered by an individual shall be allowed in  excess  of
[five]  SEVEN  thousand  FIVE  HUNDRED dollars. For the purposes of this
subdivision any established exemption, or newly claimed exemption, or an
aggregate thereof, as the case may be, in  excess  of  any  multiple  of
fifty  dollars  shall be regarded as being the nearest multiple of fifty
dollars and allowed in such amount. If the amount of such exemption  has
no  nearest multiple of fifty dollars, it shall be regarded as being the
next higher multiple of fifty dollars and allowed in  such  amount.  The
mingling  of  such eligible funds with other funds or their retention by
the United States for insurance premiums shall not bar the granting of a
claim for such exemption.
  S 2.  This act shall take effect on the first of July next  succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01852-01-3

K962

Mourning the death of Pete Seeger, celebrated folk music troubadour and champion of the environment

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    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Versions:
K962
Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

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K962


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of Pete Seeger, celebrated
folk music troubadour and activist

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to honor and pay just
tribute to those musical geniuses whose commitment and creative talents
contributed to the enrichment of their community and the world and to
pay homage to a man whose life of activism and accomplishment stands as
an inspiration to others; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is moved this day to memorialize the
purposeful life and career of Pete Seeger of Beacon, New York, a promi-
nent figure in the history of folk music and renowned activist who died
on Monday, January 27, 2014, at the age of 94; and
WHEREAS, Born on May 3, 1919, in New York, New York, to Charles and
Constance Seeger, young Pete began playing the ukulele while attending
boarding school; and
WHEREAS, In 1936, his life was changed forever when he heard the five-
string banjo for the first time at the Folk Song and Dance Festival in
Asheville, North Carolina, ultimately becoming his main instrument; he
also went on to learn the six-string guitar, 12-string guitar, and the
recorder; and
WHEREAS, After briefly attending Harvard University in 1938, where he
discovered politics and helped found a student newspaper, THE HARVARD
PROGRESSIVE, Seeger decided to move to Washington, D.C., where he took a
job with the Archives of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress
and learned much of the music that he would perform around the world
throughout his storied career; and
WHEREAS, Pete Seeger was drafted into the United States Army in 1942,
and served honorably in the Pacific where he was trained as an airplane
mechanic; he was then reassigned to provide much needed entertainment to
the American troops with music serving three and a half years in the
Special Services and achieving the rank of Corporal; and
WHEREAS, On July 20, 1943, Pete Seeger married Toshi-Aline Ohta, his
wife of 69 years, until her passing in 2013; and
WHEREAS, In 1949, Pete and Toshi Seeger purchased a plot of land near
Beacon, New York, where together, they built their own home, a log
cabin; and
WHEREAS, Pete Seeger and Lee Hays co-wrote "If I Had a Hammer," one of
the most optimistic paeans to the possibilities of constructive social
change; other internationally known songs he co-wrote include "Where
Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Turn, Turn, Turn"; and
WHEREAS, By 1950, the duo, along with Fred Hellerman and Ronnie
Gilbert, formed the Weavers, and enjoyed instant success with highly
sweetened versions of "Goodnight Irene" and other folk tunes; and
WHEREAS, Pete Seeger stood steadfast in his beliefs even when the
expression of his views posed a threat to his personal freedom; and
WHEREAS, On August 14, 1955, Pete Seeger was subpoenaed to testify
before the House Un-American Activities Committee, where he refused to
plead his Fifth Amendment Right and instead asserted his First Amendment
Right not to speak on the grounds that no American should be forced to
answer any questions regarding his philosophical, political, and reli-
gious beliefs and associations; and
WHEREAS, On July 26, 1956, the House of Representatives voted 373 to 9
to cite Pete Seeger and seven others for contempt of Congress; in March
of 1961, he was sentenced to ten 1-year terms in jail to be served
simultaneously, and finally in May of 1962, an appeals court ruled the
indictment to be flawed and overturned his conviction after he spent
four hours behind bars; and

WHEREAS, Pete Seeger was also an outspoken activist, promoting civil
rights, social justice, peace and disarmament, and an awareness of our
environment; his rendition of "We Shall Overcome" became the anthem of
the Civil Rights Movement; and
WHEREAS, Pete and Toshi Seeger marched in the historic voting rights
marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in March of 1965; and
WHEREAS, In 1966, Pete and Toshi Seeger founded Hudson River Sloop
Clearwater, Inc., a world renowned educational vessel which inspired the
cleanup of the Hudson River, located in Beacon, New York, along with the
Great Hudson River Revival, an annual music and environmental festival
that takes place at Croton Point Park in Croton, New York; and
WHEREAS, Pete Seeger founded and regularly participated in the Beacon
Sloop Club, Beacon, New York, and equipped it with their flagship sloop,
The Woody Guthrie, which offers free educational sailing trips on the
Hudson River; and
WHEREAS, Furthermore, Pete Seeger performed at the Hoot Festival at
the Ashokan Center to raise money for children to participate in the
Ashokan Education program; he sang at the Walkway Over the Hudson Gala
ceremony; performed with his half-sister, Peggy Seeger, in Woodstock to
benefit the Woodstock Byrdcliffe; and was a Special Guest at "Journey to
Freedom", a concert for the benefit of the group Save Them Now which is
a Kingston religion-based group that provides housing and rehabilitation
for nonviolent ex-convicts and recovering drug/alcohol addicts; and
WHEREAS, Pete Seeger enjoyed visits to Beacon elementary school class-
es to teach children how songs can be used to make positive change,
which fostered the Emmy Award winning CD "Tomorrow's Children" with the
"Rivertown Kids"; and
WHEREAS, This noted musician has received many awards and medals, some
of which include: the National Medal of Arts, Kennedy Center Honor,
Harvard Arts Medal, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, and the George
Peabody Medal, and in 1996, Pete Seeger was inducted into the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame; he also received several Grammys, including a Grammy
Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993; and
WHEREAS, In 2009, Pete Seeger was proud and honored to perform "This
Land Is Your Land" with Bruce Springsteen and his grandson, Tao Rodri-
guez-Seeger, at the inauguration of President Barack Obama; and
WHEREAS, In addition to working with Woody Gutherie, Pete Seeger
collaborated with countless other musical icons including Bob Dylan,
Joan Baez, the Stanley Brothers, Mississippi John Hurt, Doc Watson,
Reverend Gary Davis, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John
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Mellencamp and Dave Matthews; and
WHEREAS, In addition to his wife, Toshi Seeger, Pete Seeger is prede-
ceased by his half-brother Mike; he is survived by his son, Daniel; two
daughters, Mika and Tinya; and his half-sister, Peggy; as well as six
grandchildren; and
WHEREAS, Pete Seeger inspired whole generations of folk and popular
artists and imbued in them a sense of social responsibility, political
activism and environmental awareness; and
WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to remember the
life and accomplishments of legendary musicians such as Pete Seeger,
whose illustrious career was spent championing folk music as both a
vital heritage and a catalyst for social change; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Pete Seeger, and to express its deepest condolences
to his family; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Pete Seeger.

assembly Bill A10039

Increases the limitation on indebtedness that may be incurred by certain school districts from five percent to ten percent

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  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
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Summary

Increases the limitation on indebtedness that may be incurred by certain school districts from five percent to ten percent.

Bill Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S6743
Versions:
A10039
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Constitution, Concurrent Resolutions to Amend
Laws Affected:
Amd Art 8 §4, Constn
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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  10039

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              June 10, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  COMMITTEE  ON RULES -- (at request of M. of A. Steck) --
  read once and referred to the Committee on Education

            CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY

proposing an amendment to section 4 of article 8 of the constitution, in
  relation to increasing the limitation  on  indebtedness  that  may  be
  incurred by certain school districts

  Section 1. Resolved (if the Senate concur), That the opening paragraph
of  subdivision  (h)  of  section  4 of article 8 of the constitution be
amended to read as follows:
  any school district which is coterminous with, or  partly  within,  or
wholly  within, a city having less than one hundred twenty-five thousand
inhabitants according  to  the  latest  federal  census,  for  education
purposes, [five] TEN per centum; provided, however, that such limitation
may  be  increased  in relation to indebtedness for specified objects or
purposes with (1) the approving vote of sixty per centum or more of  the
duly  qualified  voters  of such school district voting on a proposition
therefor submitted at a general or special election, (2) the consent  of
The  Regents  of  the  University  of  the State of New York and (3) the
consent of the state comptroller. The legislature shall prescribe by law
the qualifications for voting at any such election.
  S 2. Resolved (if the Senate concur), That the foregoing amendment  be
referred  to  the  first regular legislative session convening after the
next succeeding general election of members of  the  assembly,  and,  in
conformity  with  section  1  of  article  19  of  the  constitution, be
published for 3 months previous to the time of such election.




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assembly Bill A9861

Provides for the issuance of local refunding bonds which do not exceed the amounts and maturity of the bonds which they refund

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Provides for the issuance of local refunding bonds which do not exceed the amounts and maturity of the bonds which they refund.

Bill Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S7367
Versions:
A9861
Law Section:
Local Finance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§90.00 & 90.10, Loc Fin L
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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  9861

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              May 27, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by M. of A. FARRELL -- read once and referred to the Commit-
  tee on Local Governments

AN ACT to amend the local finance law, in relation to the refunding  and
  advance refunding of bonds

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

  Section 1. Paragraph b-1 of section 90.00 of the local finance law, as
added by chapter 201 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows:
  b-1. Refunding bonds need not comply with paragraph b of this  section
provided that no annual installment of each separate series of refunding
bonds  shall  be  more  than  fifty per centum in excess of the smallest
prior installment, or THE AMOUNTS OF THE REFUNDING BONDS ARE THE SAME AS
OR LESS THAN AND THE STATED MATURITY DATES ARE THE SAME  AS  OR  EARLIER
THAN  THOSE  OF  THE  BONDS  TO BE REFUNDED, OR the finance board of the
municipality, school district or district corporation issuing the  bonds
shall  have  determined to use a substantially level or declining annual
debt service schedule for the refunding  bonds.  The  amount  of  annual
installments  of the refunding bonds may be determined without reference
to the stated maturities of the bonds to be refunded.
  S 2. Subdivision 3 of paragraph  c  of  section  90.10  of  the  local
finance  law,  as amended by chapter 201 of the laws of 1994, is amended
to read as follows:
  3. No annual installment of each separate series  of  refunding  bonds
shall  be  more  than  fifty  per centum in excess of the smallest prior
installment unless THE AMOUNTS OF THE REFUNDING BONDS ARE THE SAME AS OR
LESS THAN AND THE STATED MATURITY DATES ARE THE SAME AS OR EARLIER  THAN
THOSE  OF  THE BONDS TO BE REFUNDED, OR the finance board of the munici-
pality, school district or district corporation issuing  the  bonds  has
determined to use a substantially level or declining annual debt service
schedule  for the refunding bonds. The amounts of annual installments of
the refunding bonds may be determined without reference  to  the  stated
maturities of the bonds to be refunded.
  S 3. Severability. If any clause, sentence, paragraph, section or part
of  this act shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to

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be invalid, such judgment shall not affect,  impair  or  invalidate  the
remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause,
sentence,  paragraph,  section  or part thereof directly involved in the
controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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