senate Bill S4231

Signed By Governor
2011-2012 Legislative Session

Provides for notice of a bedbug infestation in a public school to the guardians of affected students in the school

download bill text pdf

Sponsored By

Archive: Last Bill Status Via A7259 - Signed by Governor


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

do you support this bill?

Actions

view actions (11)
Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Aug 03, 2011 signed chap.300
Jul 22, 2011 delivered to governor
Jun 13, 2011 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.929
substituted for s4231
Jun 13, 2011 substituted by a7259
Jun 07, 2011 advanced to third reading
Jun 06, 2011 2nd report cal.
Jun 02, 2011 1st report cal.929
Mar 24, 2011 referred to education

Votes

view votes

Co-Sponsors

S4231 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7259
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §920, Ed L; amd §2, Chap 426 of 2010
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S8470, A11689

S4231 - Bill Texts

view summary

Provides for notice of a bedbug infestation in a public school to the guardians of affected students in the school; authorizes the declaration a bedbug infestation in a discrete area of a school, and to limit the notification to parents, persons in parental relationship and guardians of students of affected students in such area; requires notification information to be developed in consultation with city agencies.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S4231

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend the education law, in relation to persons required to be
notified of bedbug infestations in certain public schools; and to amend
chapter 426 of the laws of 2010, amending the education law
relating to directing a city school district having a population of one
million or more to provide notice of bedbug infestations in public
schools, in
relation to the effective date thereof

PURPOSE:

This legislation would amend Chapter 426 of the Laws of 2010 to provide
flexibility in notifying parents of students potentially affected by
bedbug infestations in certain school districts.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends subdivision 1 of §920 of the Education Law, as added
by Chapter 426 of the Laws of 2010, to provide more operational
flexibility. Without these amendments, §920 would require a public
school principal in a city school district having a population of 1
million or more to immediately notify all of the students' parents or
persons in parental notification of a finding relating to infestation
of bedbugs in that school, without regard to case-specific
circumstances.
This could lead to unnecessary notifications in circumstances where
the infested area would not be expected to affect all or most pupils
(e.g., self-contained classroom, nurse's office).

This bill provides that, where the Commissioner of Education has
adopted regulations delineating circumstances where an infestation
would be contained to a subset of the student population,
notifications may be limited to the families of those students
potentially affected by an infestation. This will enable the district
to avoid the expense and confusion resulting from any inappropriate
over-notifications. In such cases, the principal would advise the
parents' association or PTA of the scope of the notification.

Bill § 1 also amends subdivision 2 of new §920 to ensure that a
consistent and informative notice is developed and employed citywide.
This notice will be developed with the assistance of city agencies
with expertise in this area, and will provide parents with essential
information on bedbug detection and proper prevention and control
measures.

Bill §2 amends the effective date language of the chapter law adding
§920 to clarify a reference to the Commissioner of Education.

EXISTING LAW:


Without these amendments, §920 would be subject to the interpretation
that excessive notification was mandated whether appropriate or not,
as discussed above.

JUSTIFICATION:

While it is important that the families of students who may have been
affected by a bedbug infestation in their school should be informed
of this fact and of the measures they should take, it is equally
important that the families of students who are not at risk should
not be caused needless worry by erroneous and excessive
notifications. This bill will provide school principals with
necessary guidance to allow targeted notifications to affected
students in appropriate cases.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2010: A.11689 Referred to Assembly Education Committee
S.8470 Referred to Senate Rules Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

The flexibility added by this legislation will reduce any costs that
would otherwise result under §920. Fewer notices will have to be
generated and disseminated, and the more targeted nature of the
notice will reduce any costs of responding to parents who would have
been needlessly concerned about infestations in areas that could not
have affected their children.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately, except section 1 shall take
effect on July 1, 2011, the same date as Chapter 426 of the Laws
of 2010.

view full text
download pdf
                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4231

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 24, 2011
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to persons required to be
  notified of bedbug infestations in  certain  public  schools;  and  to
  amend  chapter  426  of  the  laws of 2010, amending the education law
  relating to directing a city school district having  a  population  of
  one million or more to provide notice of bedbug infestations in public
  schools, in relation to the effective date thereof

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

  Section 1. Subdivisions 1 and 2 of section 920 of the  education  law,
as  added  by  chapter  426  of the laws of 2010, are amended to read as
follows:
  1. In a city school district having a population  of  one  million  or
more  inhabitants,  the  principal  of  each public school shall provide
immediate notification  to  [all]  parents  [or],  persons  in  parental
relation  OR  GUARDIANS  OF  POTENTIALLY AFFECTED STUDENTS ATTENDING THE
SCHOOL, disclosing a finding relating  to  the  infestation  of  bedbugs
(Cimex  lectularius) in such school; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT IF PURSUANT
TO REGULATIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER IT IS DETERMINED THAT ANY INFESTATION
IS CONTAINED WITHIN A  DISCRETE  AREA,  THE  PRINCIPAL  MAY  LIMIT  SUCH
NOTIFICATION  TO  PARENTS, PERSONS IN PARENTAL RELATIONSHIP OR GUARDIANS
OF ALL POTENTIALLY AFFECTED STUDENTS WITHIN SUCH AREA, AND SHALL  ADVISE
THE PARENTS' ASSOCIATION OF THE SCOPE OF SUCH NOTIFICATION.
  2. Along with the notification required pursuant to subdivision one of
this  section,  the  principal  of such public school shall also include
information regarding proper procedures to prevent further  infestations
at  the school and to prevent the transfer of bedbugs from the school to
the residences of students. Such information [may] SHALL be developed by
the board of education in consultation  with  other  city  agencies  and
shall be available in various languages as deemed necessary.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10016-01-1

S. 4231                             2

  S 2. Section 2 of chapter 426 of the laws of 2010, amending the educa-
tion  law  relating  to  directing a city school district having a popu-
lation of one million or more to provide notice of  bedbug  infestations
in public schools, is amended to read as follows:
  S  2.  This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law; provided, however that any
rules and regulations OF THE  COMMISSIONER  OF  EDUCATION  necessary  to
implement  the  provisions of this act on its effective date are author-
ized and directed to be completed on or before such date.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately, except that  section  one
of this act shall take effect on the same date and in the same manner as
chapter 426 of the laws of 2010 takes effect.

Comments

Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the nysenate.gov domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.