senate Bill S1770

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Authorizes agreements for county, city and town social services departments to access death certificates maintained by the department of public health

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 29, 2014 referred to health
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 19, 2014 advanced to third reading
May 14, 2014 2nd report cal.
May 13, 2014 1st report cal.713
Jan 14, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Jan 08, 2014 referred to health
returned to senate
died in assembly
May 08, 2013 referred to health
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Apr 22, 2013 advanced to third reading
Apr 17, 2013 2nd report cal.
Apr 16, 2013 1st report cal.304
Jan 24, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Jan 09, 2013 referred to health

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May 13, 2014 - Finance committee Vote

S1770
36
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committee
36
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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Jan 14, 2014 - Health committee Vote

S1770
15
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committee
15
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Apr 16, 2013 - Finance committee Vote

S1770
35
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committee
35
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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Jan 24, 2013 - Health committee Vote

S1770
16
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committee
16
Aye
0
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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S1770 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1215
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง4174, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1458, A1411
2009-2010: S7714, A10938

S1770 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes agreements for county, city and town social services departments to access death certificates maintained by the department of public health.

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BILL NUMBER:S1770

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public health law, in relation to agreements to provide
county, city and town social services departments with access to death
certificates

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The legislation
authorizes agreements
for county, city and town social services departments to access death
certificates maintained by the Department of Public Health.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Subdivision 5 of
Section 4174 of the
public health law, as amended by Chapter 170 of the Laws of 1994, is
amended to authorize a county commissioner of social services, city
commissioner of social services, town social services officer or city
social services officer as defined in subdivision 14 of Section 2 of
the social services law to obtain information on reported deaths in
New York State by entering into an agreement with the Department of
Public Health.

JUSTIFICATION:This legislation would allow county,
city and town
social services departments to enter into an agreement with the State
Department of Health granting access to the official list of death
certificates on file with the Department.

Death certificates are not public records and acquiring them can be an
onerous task for social service agencies. In some cases, quicker
access to these vital records could assist in the prevention of
public assistance abuse. The State Department of Health maintains the
official list of all death certificates filed in New York. This
measure would provide social service agencies with a more streamlined
and timely procedure to obtain information on reported deaths by
submitting a list of clients names and other identifying information
and cross-checking it against the Department's official list.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2012: S.1458/A.1411 - Passed Senate
2010: S.7714/A.10938 - Remained in Health Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
None.

EFFECTIVE
DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

    S. 1770                                                  A. 1215

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

IN  SENATE  --  Introduced by Sens. LAVALLE, DeFRANCISCO, LARKIN -- read
  twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to  the
  Committee on Health

IN  ASSEMBLY  -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once and referred
  to the Committee on Health

AN ACT to amend the public health law,  in  relation  to  agreements  to
  provide  county, city and town social services departments with access
  to death certificates

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

  Section  1. Subdivision 5 of section 4174 of the public health law, as
amended by chapter 170 of the laws  of  1994,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  5.  (a)  The  United States social security administration OR A COUNTY
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SERVICES, CITY COMMISSIONER OF  SOCIAL  SERVICES,
TOWN  SOCIAL SERVICES OFFICER OR CITY SOCIAL SERVICES OFFICER AS DEFINED
IN SUBDIVISION FOURTEEN OF SECTION TWO OF THE SOCIAL  SERVICES  LAW  may
obtain  information from death certificates needed in the administration
of old-age and survivors insurance benefits laws AND THE  ADMINISTRATION
OF  ASSISTANCE  OR  CARE AS REFERENCED IN SECTION ONE HUNDRED SIX OF THE
SOCIAL SERVICES LAW, subject to the provisions of any  contract  entered
into pursuant to paragraph (b) of this subdivision.
  (b)  In  addition,  the  commissioner  or any person authorized by the
commissioner is authorized and  directed  to  enter  into  [a  contract]
CONTRACTS to furnish the federal secretary of health and human services,
A  COUNTY  COMMISSIONER  OF SOCIAL SERVICES, CITY COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL
SERVICES, TOWN SOCIAL SERVICES OFFICER OR CITY SOCIAL  SERVICES  OFFICER
AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION FOURTEEN OF SECTION TWO OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES
LAW  WITH  information concerning individuals with respect to whom death

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01668-01-3

S. 1770                             2                            A. 1215

certificates have been officially  filed  with  the  commissioner.  Such
[contract]  CONTRACTS  shall  not  include any restriction on the use of
information obtained by such secretary, COMMISSIONERS OR OFFICERS pursu-
ant  to such [contract] CONTRACTS, except that such [contract] CONTRACTS
may provide that such information is only to be used  by  the  secretary
(or  any  other federal agency), COMMISSIONERS OR OFFICERS (OR ANY OTHER
COUNTY AGENCIES OR TOWN OFFICES) for purposes of ensuring  that  federal
benefits or other payments are not erroneously paid to deceased individ-
uals OR TO ENABLE SUCH COMMISSIONERS OR OFFICERS TO PERFORM THEIR DUTIES
PURSUANT TO SECTION ONE HUNDRED SIX OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES LAW.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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