senate Bill S7340

Signed By Governor
2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to reimbursement for aerial spraying for mosquitoes on state land

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

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Oct 03, 2012 signed chap.469
Sep 21, 2012 delivered to governor
Jun 19, 2012 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1369
substituted for s7340
Jun 19, 2012 substituted by a10372
ordered to third reading cal.1369
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 15, 2012 reported and committed to finance
May 02, 2012 referred to health

Votes

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Jun 19, 2012 - Rules committee Vote

S7340
24
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committee
24
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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May 15, 2012 - Health committee Vote

S7340
12
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committee
12
Aye
0
Nay
5
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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S7340 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10372
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง621, Pub Health L

S7340 - Bill Texts

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Relates to reimbursement for aerial spraying for mosquitoes on state land.

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BILL NUMBER:S7340

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the public health law, in relation to reimbursement
for aerial spraying for mosquitoes on state land

PURPOSE:

To provide reimbursement to counties for aerial spraying for
mosquitoes on state lands.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 provides that aerial spraying for mosquitoes on state land
shall be reimbursed at one hundred percent, subject to amounts
appropriated.

Section 2 provides for the immediate enactment of this bill.

JUSTIFICATION:

Under current law, counties may be reimbursed for 50% of the emergency
measures taken during public health emergencies, if it is determined
that there is an imminent threat to public health.

Under this bill counties may be reimbursed for 100% of the cost of
aerial spraying for mosquitoes that is undertaken on state land,
within amounts appropriated. The 2012 state budget appropriated
$100,000 for such spraying.

Aerial spraying is done to combat mosquito bourne diseases such as
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) which is a viral disease of wild
birds that is transmitted to horses by mosquitoes. The virus is found
in wetland habitats along the Eastern seaboard of the United States.
The virus rapidly attacks the central nervous system and is almost
always fatal in horses.

While human cases of EEE are very rare, they are also extremely
serious with a recovery rate of less than 50%. Even in those
individuals who do recover, they are frequently left with brain
damage. Children are more susceptible to EEE than are adults.

Tragically, one such child was Maggie Sue Wilcox, a four-year-old from
Central, New York, succumbed to EEE in the summer of 2011.

In an effort to prevent further such tragedies, this bill seeks to
assist counties in combating the public health threat of EEE by
providing them with 100% reimbursement when they conduct aerial
spraying for mosquitoes on state land.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:


$100,000 was appropriated in the 2012 budget to accomplish this bill.
This bill language is needed in order to distribute the funds to
affected the counties as appropriated.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

There would be a savings to localities since counties who conduct
aerial spraying on state land would be reimbursed at 100%.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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

                                  7340

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 2, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. RITCHIE -- 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 reimbursement  for
  aerial spraying for mosquitoes on state land

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

  Section 1. Section 621 of the public health law, as amended by section
5 of part A of chapter 58 of the laws of 2008, is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  S 621. State aid; public health emergencies. If the state commissioner
or  a  county  health  department or part-county department of health or
municipality, with the approval of the  state  commissioner,  determines
that  there is an imminent threat to public health, the department shall
reimburse counties or municipalities at fifty per centum for the cost of
emergency measures as approved by the  department  and  subject  to  the
approval  of the director of the budget, EXCEPT THAT AERIAL SPRAYING FOR
MOSQUITOES ON STATE LAND SHALL BE REIMBURSED AT ONE HUNDRED PER  CENTUM,
WITHIN  AMOUNTS  APPROPRIATED.   Such funds shall be made available from
funds appropriated for public health emergencies, only to those counties
or municipalities, which have expended all other state aid which may  be
available   for  related  activities  and  have  developed  measures  to
adequately address the  emergency.  Reimbursement  is  conditioned  upon
availability of appropriated funds. For purposes of this section, "muni-
cipality"  means  a health department of a city that is not located in a
county or part-county health district or a county in which the  legisla-
ture has the powers and duties of a board of health of a county or part-
county  health district and cities with a population of over one million
persons.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15544-01-2

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