senate Bill S2163

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Establishes a temporary commission of child abuse prevention

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May 15, 2012 referred to governmental operations
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 14, 2012 advanced to third reading
May 09, 2012 2nd report cal.
May 08, 2012 1st report cal.719
Jan 04, 2012 referred to finance
Jan 18, 2011 referred to finance

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S2163 - Bill Details

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Law Section:
Children
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S7514

S2163 - Bill Texts

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Establishes a temporary commission on child abuse prevention.

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BILL NUMBER:S2163

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to establish a temporary state commission to study child abuse
prevention and make recommendations for the implementation of child
abuse prevention programs across the state;
and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon
expiration thereof

PURPOSE:
Establish a state commission to study child abuse
prevention and make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: It is acknowledged that child abuse
is a continuing problem in New York State and impacts at least
80,000 children each year. The Legislature finds that the failure to
address child abuse through preventive measures imposes a tremendous
cost to society.

Section 2: The "commission of child abuse prevention" is established.

Section 3: Provides that the commission shall consist of thirteen
members, to be appointed as follows: three members by the Governor;
three members by the Temporary President of the Senate; three by the
Speaker of the Assembly; two by the Minority Leader of the senate;
and two by the Minority Leader of the Assembly. The appointed members
must have demonstrated
expertise in and experience with the field of child abuse prevention.
The chairperson and vice-chairperson shall be elected by a majority
of the members of the commission.

Section 4: The members of the commission shall receive no compensation
but are allowed reimbursement for expenses.

Section 5: The commission is allowed to utilize personnel for the
purposes of its functions and possess the powers of a legislative
committee.

Section 6: The commission may undertake studies, inquiries, surveys or
analyses in cooperation with or by agreement with any other public or
private agency.

Section 7: The commission is required to make a report of its findings
to the Governor and legislative leaders within one year after the
effective date of this act.

Section 8: Establishes an effective date

EXISTING LAW:
None.

JUSTIFICATION:
Approximately 1,300 children die each year in this
country as a result of child abuse and neglect and many others


receive serious injuries. In New York State, approximately 80,000
children are found to be maltreated each year.

Child abuse and neglect has been rising across the State and more
resources are expended to treat the consequences including
incarceration, court costs, foster care and more. A study by Prevent
Child Abuse New York estimated these costs to be approximately $2.4
Billion each year, while the amount spent on primary prevention is
less that $30 million.

Tragic cases of child abuse are reported in the press on a regular
basis and while these reports focus on the most horrific cases, most
cases of child abuse are preventable. These cases range from severe
neglect to the explosive shaking of a crying baby.

Research has demonstrated that programs focusing on education and
training of future and new parents are the most practical and
cost-effective means for preventing child abuse and neglect.
Effective prevention programs that promote the safety and well-being
of children and families can reduce the suffering of children, assist
parents in developing better parenting skills and reduce the economic
costs to society. The total financial costs of child abuse and
neglect are quite high, but the benefits or savings from investing in
prevention programs also are quite high.

Many prevention programs address not only child abuse prevention but
other aspects of family dynamics that threaten child and family
well-being. These threats include preventable health conditions such
as low birth weight, infant mortality, drug-addicted babies and more.
These programs often provide referrals, education, expertise, and
most importantly stability for at-risk families.

While a number of these preventive programs have proven to be both
beneficial and cost-effective, they are currently only offered to a
small number of families at risk of abuse and neglect. For example,
home visitation is only available to about 10% to 14% of eligible
families.

By studying the availability of successful prevention programs and the
best way to expand their services to more families at risk, we can
save numerous children from having to endure abuse and neglect while.
saving the state considerable fiscal resources.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.7514 of 2010 - Referred to Finance

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately, with provisions.

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

                                  2163

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 18, 2011
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to establish a temporary state commission to  study  child  abuse
  prevention  and  make  recommendations for the implementation of child
  abuse prevention programs across the  state;  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  hereby  acknowledges
that child abuse is a continuing societal problem in the state affecting
at  least  80,000  children  each  year. In recent years, there has been
research on the long-term effects of child abuse on  the  individual  as
well as society. The vast majority of research has demonstrated that the
consequences  of  child  abuse  are grave, damaging and often spill over
into a person's adult life. Adverse  effects  have  been  identified  in
maltreated children's physical, cognitive, emotional and social develop-
ment.
  Furthermore,  the  legislature finds that the failure to address child
abuse through preventive measures not only harms a million children each
year in this country, it imposes a tremendous cost to society. Like most
states, New York spends  a  considerable  amount  of  fiscal  and  human
resources  to  treat  the  numerous  consequences  of  child  abuse  and
maltreatment. The failure to invest in prevention results in  a  signif-
icantly greater amount of resources needed to treat the outcomes.
  S  2.  A temporary state commission, to be known as the "commission of
child abuse prevention", is hereby established to examine, evaluate  and
make  recommendations  concerning  child abuse prevention efforts in the
state. The commission shall consider the need for additional legislation
as well as a  stable  source  of  funding  for  child  abuse  prevention
programs.  Specific  issues  to  be  addressed  by  the commission shall

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04277-01-1

S. 2163                             2

include home visitation programs and screening for families at  risk  of
child maltreatment.
  S 3. The commission shall consist of thirteen members, to be appointed
as follows: three members to be appointed by the governor; three members
to  be appointed by the temporary president of the senate; three members
to be appointed by the speaker  of  the  assembly;  two  members  to  be
appointed  by  the  minority leader of the senate; and two members to be
appointed by the minority leader of the assembly. The members shall have
demonstrated expertise in and experience with the field of  child  abuse
prevention.  A chairperson and vice-chairperson of such commission shall
be elected by the majority of its members, all members being present.
  S 4. 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 hereunder.
  S  5.  The commission may employ and at pleasure remove such personnel
as it may deem necessary for the performance of  its  functions.    Such
commission  may  meet  and hold public and/or private hearings within or
without the state, and shall  have  all  the  powers  of  a  legislative
committee pursuant to the legislative law.
  S  6.  For the accomplishment of its purposes, the commission shall be
authorized and empowered to undertake any studies, inquiries, surveys or
analyses it may deem relevant in cooperation with or by  agreement  with
any other public or private agency.
  S 7. The commission shall make a report of its findings, including any
recommendations  for  legislative  action  as  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 8. This act shall take effect immediately and shall  expire  and  be
deemed repealed 1 year after such effective date.

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