senate Bill S1161

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes a task force to assess the public health impact of firearm violence and provides for the repeal thereof

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S1161 - Bill Details

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Health
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1166A
2009-2010: S391

S1161 - Bill Texts

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Establishes a task force to assess data and information compiled by law enforcement personnel and health providers related to incidents of firearm violence and injury; provides that the task force would designate a state agency to coordinate a statewide system for reporting the nature, incidence and specific causes of firearm violence.

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BILL NUMBER:S1161 REVISED 1/8/13

TITLE OF BILL: An act to establish a task force to assess the public
health impact of firearm violence and injury and providing for the
repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would create a task force
of law enforcement and health care professionals to address firearm
violence and injuries as a public health issue. The task force would
focus specifically on the type of data and information currently
compiled by law enforcement agencies and health care providers related
to incidents of firearm violence and injury. The task force would also
recommend any changes in those collection and reporting practices to
produce a more uniform and coordinated statewide network of
information on fire arm violence and injuries and report on any public
health policies or strategies which might arise for a statewide
information network focused on such violence and injuries. The task
force would be required to report its findings by January 15, 2015 and
the act will expire on February 1, 2015.

JUSTIFICATION: The US Surgeon General and the Center for Disease
Control have designated violence as a high priority public health
issue, and firearm violence and injury in particular is recognized as
having reached epidemic proportions. A comprehensive and ongoing
effort to collect and coordinate data and information from law
enforcement agencies and health care providers is required if New York
State is to adequately address firearm related violence and injury as
a public health issue. Integrating the data collected by State and
local law enforcement agencies and data collected by health care
professionals will ensure full assessment of the consequences of
firearm violence and injury. This bill would place New York State at
the forefront of combating firearm violence and injury as a public
health issue, providing for a plan to coordinate firearm crime and
injury data on a statewide basis and providing a means to better
evaluate various state policies designed to deter firearm violence and
injury.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011/2012: A.895A/S.1166A Referred to the
Senate Committee on Finance and the Assembly Committee on Codes
2009/10: A.1030/S.391 2007/08: A.2067A/S.937A 2005/06: A.1395/5.708

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Costs for reimbursement of task force members
for expenses associated with their duties and DOH for administration
of the task force. All costs to "sunset" with the task force in
February 2015.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall
expire on February 1, 2015 when it shall be deemed repealed.

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

                                  1161

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. BRESLIN, ADAMS, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KRUEGER, PARKER,
  SAMPSON, SMITH, STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed,  and  when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Health

AN  ACT  to establish a task force to assess the public health impact of
  firearm violence and injury 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 and intent. The legislature finds  and
declares   that  firearm  injuries  and  deaths  have  reached  epidemic
proportions, with firearm injuries ranked among the top  ten  causes  of
death among all Americans, and as the leading cause of death among young
African-American  males. The legislature further finds and declares that
this  epidemic  necessitates  public  policies  which  address   firearm
violence  and  injury  as  a  public  health issue and that one critical
component of such policies is an integrated and comprehensive  statewide
effort  to  accurately  document  the  origins,  incidence and nature of
firearm violence and injury in New York state.
  The legislature also finds that dispersed and widely varied  data  and
information  related  to  incidents  of  firearm  violence are presently
collected by state and local law enforcement agencies; and that informa-
tion and data related to the nature,  severity  and  causes  of  firearm
injuries are also regularly compiled by health care providers engaged in
the  treatment of such injuries. The legislature finds and declares that
a coordinated and fully integrated statewide network of data and  infor-
mation  is  required to fully assess the public health impact of firearm
violence and injury in New York  state  and  to  formulate  policies  to
combat such violence and injury in the protection of public health.
  The  legislature hereby establishes a task force to devise a statewide
network of data and information related to firearm  violence  and  inju-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01671-01-3

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ries. The task force will coordinate the integration of data compiled by
law  enforcement  agencies and health care providers, related to firearm
violence and injury. This task force will be  comprised  of  appropriate
state agency personnel, law enforcement authorities, health care provid-
ers,  and experts in the fields of epidemiology and ballistics. The task
force will assess the nature and current methods by which  data  related
to firearm violence and injury are compiled and reported by law enforce-
ment  agencies and health care providers. The task force shall recommend
any changes in the nature or manner in which such data is  compiled  and
reported,  to facilitate an on-going, statewide assessment of the public
health impact of firearm violence and injury in New York state.
  S 2. An eight member  task  force  is  hereby  established  to  assess
current  data  and information compiled by law enforcement personnel and
health providers related to incidents of firearm  violence  and  injury,
and  to  recommend  mechanisms  by  which  an integrated, statewide data
collection and tracking system may be established to assess  the  public
health impact of such violence and injury.
  S  3.  The  task  force shall be comprised of the commissioners of the
department of health and the division of criminal justice services,  who
may designate representatives to act on their behalf.
  The  commissioner of the department of health or the designee thereof,
shall chair the task force. The governor shall appoint  two  members  to
the task force: one member shall be an epidemiologist experienced in the
study  of  firearm injuries and one member shall be an expert in firearm
ballistics. The temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the
assembly shall each appoint one member to the task force who shall be  a
member  of a state or local law enforcement agency. The minority leaders
of the senate and assembly shall each appoint one  member  to  the  task
force,  who  shall  be  a  health care provider regularly engaged in the
treatment of firearm injuries. Administrative duties of the  task  force
shall be the responsibility of the department of health.
  S  4.  The  task  force shall provide a report to the governor and the
legislature on or before January 15, 2015. Such report shall include:
  (a) an identification of the data and informational  needs  associated
with  an assessment of firearm violence and injury as an issue of public
health in New York state;
  (b) an identification of any differences among  state  and  local  law
enforcement  agencies in the collection and reporting of information and
data related to firearm violence and injury,  the  basis  for  any  such
differences, and how such differences may be addressed;
  (c)  an  identification of any differences among health care providers
and in particular, emergency medical services providers, with regard  to
the collection and reporting of firearm injury data and information, the
basis for such differences, and how such differences may be addressed;
  (d)  an  assessment  of the need for improved epidemiological data and
information concerning firearm injuries, including  information  on  the
frequency  and  distribution  of such injuries and the specific types of
firearms associated with various injuries;
  (e) an identification of any opportunities for, or barriers to, a more
uniform statewide approach to the collection and reporting of  data  and
information  from  both law enforcement agencies and health care provid-
ers, concerning incidents of firearm violence and injury, with full  and
proper  regard  to  the  protection  of  the  rights  of victims of such
violence and injury and the rights of criminal defendants;
  (f) a recommendation of a state agency to  assume  responsibility  for
the  planning  and  coordination  of  a  statewide  data and information

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network comprised of firearm violence and injury data as  reported  from
state  and local law enforcement agencies and health care providers, and
designed to be used in formulating public  health  strategies  to  deter
firearm violence and injuries; and
  (g)  an  identification of public health policies and strategies which
may arise from a statewide  data  and  information  network  on  firearm
violence  and  injuries,  and focused on the prevention of such violence
and injuries.
  The task force shall meet as frequently as its  business  may  require
and  members  of  the task force shall receive no compensation for their
services, but shall be  allowed  their  actual  and  necessary  expenses
incurred in performance of their duties.
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire on Febru-
ary 1, 2015 when it shall be deemed repealed.

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