senate Bill S1390

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Creates a temporary state pesticide commission to study the effects of the application of pesticides in N.Y. city

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to finance
Jan 07, 2011 referred to finance

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S1390 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A901
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Commissions
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S1090, A1572

S1390 - Bill Texts

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Creates a temporary state pesticide commission to study the effects of the application of pesticides in cities with a population of one million or more.

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BILL NUMBER:S1390

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to create a temporary state commission to study and make recommendations
concerning the application of pesticides in cities with a population
of one million or more

PURPOSE:
To protect the residents of New York State from the possible
health hazard posed by the repeated spreading of pesticides.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Directs the creation of a temporary state commission to study the
application of pesticides in cities with a population of one million
or more. The commission will consist of eleven members to be appointed
as follows: five by the Governor, two by the Temporary President
of the Senate, one by the Senate Minority Leader, two by the Assembly
Speaker and one by the Assembly Minority leader. Of the five members
appointed by the Governor, one shall be from the Department of Health
and one from the Department of Environmental Conservation.

The members of the commission will not be compensated for their
services. The commission shall make a report of its findings and make
recommendations to the Governor, the Temporary President of the
Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly.

JUSTIFICATION:
In 1999, the New York City Department of Health and Center for Disease
Control and Prevention concluded that there was an outbreak of a
mosquito borne viral disease known as the West Nile Virus. By
September of that year there were 59 confirmed cases throughout the
area of New York City, Nassau County and Westchester County,
including 7 deaths. To combat the spread of this virus, the New York
City Mayor's Office of Emergency Management coordinated efforts to
eradicate adult mosquitos through citywide aerial and ground
application of Malathion and the pyrethroid-based insecticides
resmethrin and sumethrin. Although immediate action was required to
prevent the spread of this virus, the health hazards posed to
residents of infected areas was not studied.

In 2001, many of the truck drivers who sprayed the pesticides reported
being sickened by the pesticides and many New York City residents
reported respiratory problems due to the pesticide spraying. The
outbreak of the West Nile Virus in the New York City metropolitan
area represented the first time this virus had been detected in the
Western Hemisphere. To allow the State of New York and its localities
to be prepared for possible future outbreak of the West Nile Virus or
a similar virus we must understand the health effects posed by the
spread of pesticide on the residents of the State. The creation of a
temporary state commission to study and make recommendation

concerning the application of pesticides will assist the state in
properly combating the virus without further harming the health of
our constituents.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10: S.1090 - Referred to Finance
2007-08: S.2919 - Referred to Finance
2005-06: S.1384 - Referred to Finance
2003-04: S.2240 - Referred to Finance

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                  1390

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 7, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. PERKINS, DIAZ, DUANE, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KRUEGER --
  read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to
  the Committee on Finance

AN  ACT  to create a temporary state commission to study and make recom-
  mendations concerning the application of pesticides in cities  with  a
  population of one million or more

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

  Section 1. A temporary state commission, to be known as the "temporary
state pesticide commission", is hereby created to study and make  recom-
mendations  relating  to  the application of pesticides in cities with a
population of one million or more.
  S 2. The commission shall consist of eleven members to be appointed as
follows: five shall be appointed by the governor; two shall be appointed
by the temporary president of the senate and one by the minority  leader
of the senate; and two shall be appointed by the speaker of the assembly
and  one  by  the  minority  leader  of the assembly. The members of the
commission shall serve at  the  pleasure  of  the  official  making  the
appointment of such member.  Of the five members appointed by the gover-
nor,  one  shall  be from the department of health and one shall be from
the department of environmental conservation. The remaining nine members
of the commission must reside in a city with a population of one million
or more.  Vacancies in the membership of the commission shall be  filled
in  the  manner  provided  for  original appointments. Membership on the
commission shall not constitute a public office. A chairperson and vice-
chairperson of the commission shall be elected  by  a  majority  of  its
members, all members being present.
  S  3.  The members of the commission shall receive no compensation for
their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses
incurred in the performance of their duties pursuant to this act.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04975-01-1

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  S 4. The commission shall make a report of its findings and  make  any
recommendations  it  may deem necessary and appropriate to the governor,
the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly no
later than one year after the effective date of this act.
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

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