senate Bill S7476

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Provides additional health services and employment benefits for veterans

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Archive: Last Bill Status Via A2102 - Vetoed by Governor


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Vetoed by Governor

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Aug 02, 2012 tabled
Aug 01, 2012 vetoed memo.131
Jul 20, 2012 delivered to governor
Jun 12, 2012 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1197
substituted for s7476
Jun 12, 2012 substituted by a2102a
ordered to third reading cal.1197
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 23, 2012 referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs

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S7476 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2102A
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §353, Exec L; amd §3803, Pub Health L; amd §29, Cor L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
A8730B

S7476 - Bill Texts

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Provides additional benefits for veterans; provides for services and counseling related to post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries; requires reports to the legislature concerning the number of veterans who are incarcerated.

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BILL NUMBER:S7476

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the executive law and the public health law, in relation
to providing certain benefits to veterans; and to amend the correction
law, in relation to requiring certain reports relating to veterans

PURPOSE:
To create a study on various important aspects of the lives of this
State's veterans.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

COUNSELING:
Section 1 amends the executive law to require the division of veterans'
affairs to develop with the department of mental health a program to
identify and treat veterans suffering from
psychological/psychiatric/physical injuries.

HEALTHCARE:
Section 2 amends the Veterans Health Care Information Program in the New
York State Department of Health to provide information for veterans,
their families and health care providers on health issues. associated
with military duty such as post-traumatic stress disorder and brain-re-
lated injuries (in addition to already included features such as Agent
Orange, Gulf War Syndrome, toxic materials or harmful physical agents
such as depleted uranium and hepatitis C).

IMPRISONED VETERANS:
Section 3 requires that the State Commissioner of Correction shall
report annually to the legislature on the number of veterans who are
inmates in New York State and local correctional facilities.

JUSTIFICATION:
Current deployments to the Middle East involve long, dangerous and
repeated tours of duty, with our citizen soldiers and their families
performing above and beyond the call of duty. This bill will serve to
assist veterans and their families by helping to determine the numbers
in need and by maintaining the work salaries for deployed members of
service.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after becom-
ing law, with provisions.

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

                                  7476

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 23, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. McDONALD -- 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 executive law and the public health law, in relation
  to providing certain benefits to veterans; and to amend the correction
  law, in relation to requiring certain reports relating to veterans

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

  Section 1. Section 353 of the executive law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 21 to read as follows:
  21.  TO DEVELOP, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH,
A PROGRAM FOR THE IDENTIFICATION, DIAGNOSIS, COUNSELING AND TREATMENT OF
VETERANS WHO SUFFER FROM POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, TRAUMATIC BRAIN
INJURY AND OTHER BRAIN-RELATED INJURIES.   SUCH  PROGRAM  SHALL  INCLUDE
PROCEDURES FOR IDENTIFYING VETERANS WHO MAY NEED ASSISTANCE AND INFORMA-
TION  AND  OUTREACH  TO  MAKE  VETERANS  AWARE OF AVAILABLE PROGRAMS AND
SERVICES.
  S 2. Subdivision 1 of section  3803  of  the  public  health  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  743  of  the  laws  of 2006, is amended to read as
follows:
  1. There is hereby created within the department the  veterans  health
care information program (referred to in this section as the "program"),
which  shall  provide information on health issues associated with mili-
tary  duty,  including  but  not  limited  to  Agent  Orange,  Gulf  War
Syndromes,  toxic materials or harmful physical agents such as, depleted
uranium, and hepatitis C, AND SPECIFIC MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH ISSUES
INCLUDING POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER,  TRAUMATIC  BRAIN  INJURY  AND
OTHER  BRAIN-RELATED INJURIES, for veterans, their surviving spouses and
health care providers.
  S 3. Subdivision 1 of section 29 of the correction law, as amended  by
section  12 of subpart A of part C of chapter 62 of the laws of 2011, is
amended and a new subdivision 5 is added to read as follows:
  1. The department shall continue to  collect,  maintain,  and  analyze
statistical  and  other  information  and  data  with respect to persons

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06998-03-2

S. 7476                             2

subject to the jurisdiction of the department, including but not limited
to: (a) the number of such persons: placed in the custody of the depart-
ment, assigned to a  specific  department  program,  accorded  community
supervision and declared delinquent, recommitted to a state correctional
institution upon revocation of community supervision, or discharged upon
maximum  expiration  of  sentence;  (b)  the  criminal  history  of such
persons; (c) the social, educational, and  vocational  circumstances  of
any such persons; [and,] (d) the institutional and community supervision
programs  and  the behavior of such persons; AND, (E) THE MILITARY BACK-
GROUND AND CIRCUMSTANCES, IF SUCH PERSON SERVED  IN  THE  UNITED  STATES
ARMED  FORCES.  Provided, however, in the event any statistical informa-
tion on the ethnic background of the inmate population of a correctional
facility or facilities is collected by the department, such  statistical
information  shall  contain, but not be limited to, the following ethnic
categories: (i) Caucasian;  (ii)  Asian;  (iii)  American  Indian;  (iv)
Afro-American/Black;  and  (v)  Spanish speaking/Hispanic which category
shall include, but  not  be  limited  to,  the  following  subcategories
consisting  of:  (1)  Puerto Ricans; (2) Cubans; (3) Dominicans; and (4)
other Hispanic nationalities.
  5. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE ON THE  NUMBER  OF
INMATES WHO ARE CURRENTLY SERVING SENTENCES IN STATE CORRECTIONAL FACIL-
ITIES  AND  ANY  LOCAL  CORRECTIONAL  FACILITIES  WHO HAVE SERVED IN THE
UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES. SUCH REPORT SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMIT-
ED TO THE FOLLOWING: A BREAKDOWN OF THE NUMBER OF INMATES BY  BRANCH  OF
SERVICE,  TIME  PERIOD OF MILITARY SERVICE AND THE TYPE OF DISCHARGE THE
INMATE RECEIVED UPON SEPARATION FROM THE MILITARY. SUCH REPORT SHALL  BE
DONE ANNUALLY.
  S 4. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it  shall  have  become  a law; provided, that any rules and regulations
necessary for the timely implementation of this  act  on  its  effective
date shall be promulgated on or before such date.

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