senate Bill S1862

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes a veterans' gerontological advisory committee

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May 12, 2014 referred to aging
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Mar 27, 2014 advanced to third reading
Mar 26, 2014 2nd report cal.
Mar 25, 2014 1st report cal.344
Jan 08, 2014 referred to aging
returned to senate
died in assembly
May 22, 2013 referred to aging
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 21, 2013 ordered to third reading cal.719
reported and committed to rules
Jan 09, 2013 referred to aging

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Mar 25, 2014 - Aging committee Vote

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Absent
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Excused
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Aging Committee Vote: Mar 25, 2014

May 21, 2013 - Aging committee Vote

S1862
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Aging Committee Vote: May 21, 2013

May 21, 2013 - Rules committee Vote

S1862
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S1862 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6966
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Elder Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง224, Eld L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3337, A1128
2009-2010: S7959, A11306

S1862 - Bill Texts

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Establishes a veterans' gerontological advisory committee.

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BILL NUMBER:S1862

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to establish-
ing a veterans' gerontological advisory committee

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Establishes a Veterans Gerontological
Advisory Committee.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1: The elder law is amended by
adding a new section 224 which states that a Veterans Gerontological
Advisory Committee is established in the Office of the Aging, consisting
of no more than nineteen members, who shall serve six-year terms without
remuneration. At least sixty-percent of the members of the committee
shall be age sixty or older.

At least ten of the members shall be veterans, two of whom shall be
appointed by the governor, three of whom shall be appointed by the
speaker of the assembly, three of whom shall be appointed by the Tempo-
rary President of the Senate, one of whom shall be appointed by the
Minority Leader of the Assembly, and one of whom shall be appointed by
the Minority Leader of the Senate. Nine of the members shall be
appointed by the Director of the Office of the Aging, at least one of
whom shall be a physician in the field of primary care geriatric medi-
cine, at least one of whom shall be a researcher in the field of social
gerontology, at least one of whom shall be certified as a geriatric
nurse practitioner, at least one of whom shall be a clinical practition-
er of geriatric psychiatry, at least one of whom shall be a facility or
health care system veterans home based primary care program director, at
least one of whom shall be a caregiver in the field of veterans respite
care, at least one of whom shall be an expert in the field of elder care
planning and management from the New York State Veterans' home, at least
one of whom shall be an expert in the field of gerontological social
work who specializes in services for aging veterans, and at least one of
whom shall be an economist with a focus in the fields of aging, house-
hold saving, pensions, social security, taxation, and housing markets.

The committee shall meet at least once annually at times and places set
by the commissioner and provide advice, comments and recommendations to
advise the director on policies, programs, services and trends impacting
the state's aging veteran population and the larger context of veterans
health care systems, and such other matters as the director may request.

The director may ask other individuals to attend the committee's meet-
ings or work with it on an occasional or regular basis.

Membership on the committee shall not constitute the holding of an
office, and the committee shall not have the right to exercise any
portion of the sovereign powers of the state. No member of the committee
shall be disqualified from holding any public office or employment, nor
shall he or she forfeit any such office or employment, by reason of his
or her appointment.

Section 2: States the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: New York has the second highest veteran population in the
United States, and older veterans represent a population whose needs and
problems pervade multiple geriatrics and gerontology disciplines. This
legislation establishes a Veterans Gerontological Advisory Committee,
which will advise the Director of the Office of the Aging on policies,
programs, services and trends affecting New York's aging veteran popu-
lation.

At no cost to the taxpayers, the advisory committee will be able to
provide crucial recommendations aimed at improving the care and support
available to aging Veterans. The membership will be drawn from the ranks
of New York's finest experts on aging, seniors' and veterans' issues,
representing medical researchers, practitioners, academia, and veterans'
organizations.

Their mission will be to share information and challenges associated
with caring for aging veterans, and their families, providing the Office
of the Aging with guidance on pressing concerns including caregiver
initiatives, alternative housing trends for Veterans, long term and
continuing care, health promotion and rehabilitation, departmental
research and dementia research. The committee can also play a role in
educating staff and the public on a wide range of issues affecting
veterans and seniors.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010 - S.7959/A.11306 - AGING/Rules
2011-2012 - S.3337/A.1128 - PASSED SENATE/Aging

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1862

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  RANZENHOFER,  LARKIN,  ZELDIN  --  read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
  Aging

AN  ACT  to amend the elder law, in relation to establishing a veterans'
  gerontological advisory committee

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

  Section  1.  The  elder  law is amended by adding a new section 224 to
read as follows:
  S 224. VETERANS' GERONTOLOGICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE. 1. THERE IS HEREBY
ESTABLISHED  WITHIN  THE  OFFICE  A  VETERANS'  GERONTOLOGICAL  ADVISORY
COMMITTEE  WHICH  SHALL  CONSIST  OF NO MORE THAN NINETEEN MEMBERS TO BE
APPOINTED PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION. MEMBERS SHALL BE APPOINTED FOR A
TERM OF SIX YEARS AND MAY  SERVE  UNTIL  THEIR  SUCCESSORS  ARE  CHOSEN.
MEMBERS  SHALL SERVE WITHOUT SALARY. ANY MEMBER CHOSEN TO FILL A VACANCY
CREATED OTHERWISE THAN BY EXPIRATION OF TERM SHALL BE APPOINTED FOR  THE
UNEXPIRED  TERM OF THE MEMBER HE OR SHE IS TO SUCCEED. A CHAIRPERSON AND
VICE-CHAIRPERSON SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE DIRECTOR, AND  THE  COMMITTEE
SHALL BE COMPRISED OF:
  (A)  TWO  MEMBERS  APPOINTED  BY  THE  GOVERNOR, BOTH OF WHOM SHALL BE
VETERANS;
  (B) NINE MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE DIRECTOR, INCLUDING:
  (1) AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE A PHYSICIAN IN THE FIELD OF  PRIMARY
CARE GERIATRIC MEDICINE;
  (2)  AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE A RESEARCHER IN THE FIELD OF SOCIAL
GERONTOLOGY;
  (3) AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE CERTIFIED AS A GERIATRIC NURSE PRAC-
TITIONER;
  (4) AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE A CLINICAL PRACTITIONER OF GERIATRIC
PSYCHIATRY;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04854-01-3

S. 1862                             2

  (5) AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE A FACILITY  OR  HEALTH  CARE  SYSTEM
VETERANS'  HOME-BASED  PRIMARY  CARE  PROGRAM DIRECTOR AS DEFINED BY THE
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS VETERANS' HEALTH  ADMINIS-
TRATION DIRECTIVE ELEVEN HUNDRED FORTY-ONE;
  (6)  AT  LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE A CAREGIVER IN THE FIELD OF VETER-
ANS' RESPITE CARE;
  (7) AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE AN EXPERT IN THE FIELD OF  ELDERCARE
PLANNING  AND  MANAGEMENT  FROM THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS' HOME ESTAB-
LISHED PURSUANT TO ARTICLE TWENTY-SIX-A OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW;
  (8) AT LEAST ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE AN EXPERT IN THE FIELD  OF  GERONTO-
LOGICAL SOCIAL WORK WHO SPECIALIZES IN SERVICES FOR AGING VETERANS; AND
  (9)  AT  LEAST  ONE  OF WHOM SHALL BE AN ECONOMIST WITH A FOCUS IN THE
FIELDS OF AGING, HOUSEHOLD SAVING, PENSIONS, SOCIAL SECURITY,  TAXATION,
AND HOUSING MARKETS;
  (C) THREE MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE NOMINATION OF THE
TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, EACH OF WHOM SHALL BE VETERANS;
  (D) THREE MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE NOMINATION OF THE
SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, EACH OF WHOM SHALL BE VETERANS;
  (E)  ONE  MEMBER  APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE NOMINATION OF THE
MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE WHO SHALL BE A VETERAN; AND
  (F) ONE MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE  NOMINATION  OF  THE
MINORITY LEADER OF THE ASSEMBLY WHO SHALL BE A VETERAN.
  2. SIXTY PERCENT OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE APPOINTED ON
AND AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE SIXTY YEARS OF
AGE OR OVER.
  3. THE COMMITTEE SHALL PROVIDE ADVICE, COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO
ADVISE THE DIRECTOR ON POLICIES, PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND TRENDS IMPACTING
THE STATE'S AGING VETERAN POPULATION AND THE LARGER CONTEXT OF VETERANS'
HEALTHCARE  SYSTEMS,  AND SUCH OTHER MATTERS AS THE DIRECTOR MAY REQUEST
IN RELATION TO THIS ARTICLE.
  4. THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE SHALL MEET AT LEAST ONCE ANNUALLY  AT  TIMES
AND PLACES SET BY THE CHAIRPERSON.
  5.  THE  DIRECTOR  MAY ASK OTHER INDIVIDUALS TO ATTEND THE COMMITTEE'S
MEETINGS OR WORK WITH IT ON AN OCCASIONAL OR REGULAR BASIS.
  6. MEMBERSHIP ON THE COMMITTEE SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE THE HOLDING OF  AN
OFFICE,  AND  MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO TAKE AND
FILE OATHS OF OFFICE BEFORE SERVING  ON  THE  COMMITTEE.  THE  COMMITTEE
SHALL NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO EXERCISE ANY PORTION OF THE SOVEREIGN POWERS
OF THE STATE.
  7.  NO  MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE SHALL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM HOLDING ANY
PUBLIC OFFICE OR EMPLOYMENT, NOR SHALL HE OR SHE FORFEIT ANY SUCH OFFICE
OR EMPLOYMENT, BY REASON OF HIS OR HER APPOINTMENT  HEREUNDER,  NOTWITH-
STANDING  THE PROVISIONS OF ANY GENERAL, SPECIAL OR LOCAL LAW, ORDINANCE
OR CITY CHARTER.
  8. FOR THE PURPOSES OF  THIS  SECTION,  THE  TERM  "VETERAN"  MEANS  A
PERSON,  MALE  OR  FEMALE, RESIDENT OF THIS STATE, WHO HAS SERVED IN THE
ACTIVE MILITARY OR NAVAL SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES DURING  A  WAR  IN
WHICH  THE  UNITED  STATES  ENGAGED  AND WHO HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM SUCH
SERVICE BY ANY MEANS OTHER THAN BY DISHONORABLE DISCHARGE,  OR  WHO  HAS
BEEN FURLOUGHED TO THE RESERVE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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