senate Bill S3920A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Creates a legislative task force on outdoor environmental education and recreation

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Jan 17, 2014 print number 3920a
amend and recommit to cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation
Jan 08, 2014 referred to cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation
Feb 27, 2013 referred to cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation

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S3920 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1171A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Parks
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S5205A, A7819A

S3920 - Bill Texts

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Creates a legislative task force on outdoor environmental education and recreation that will benefit residents of New York state by fostering stewardship and conservation of the environment, and an appreciation of the importance of the wise use of natural resources as well as acknowledgment of the health benefits of time spent in nature.

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BILL NUMBER:S3920

TITLE OF BILL: An act creating a legislative task force on outdoor
environmental education and recreation that will benefit residents of
New York state by stewardship and conservation of the environment, an
appreciation of the importance of the wise use of natural resources as
well as acknowledgment of the health benefits of time spent in nature

PURPOSE: This bill creates a task force on outdoor environmental
education and recreation. This bill would assemble representatives
from various organizations and state agencies to promote development
of a framework that will ensure that New York State has a aggressive
outdoor environmental education and recreation plan that focuses on
creating, developing and retaining opportunities for outdoor learning.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 provides the Legislative findings.

Section 2 provides the objectives of the legislative task force on
outdoor environmental education and recreation.

Section 3 provides the composition of the legislative task force,
which shall consist of twelve members. The task force members will
have expertise in outdoor recreation and environmental education.

Section 4 authorizes the task force to report its findings, conclusion
and recommendations by January 1, 2016.

Section 5 of this bill provides for an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: The average American boy or girl spends just four to
seven minutes each day in unstructured outdoor play, and more than
seven hours each day in front of an electronic screen.

Visual and physical access to basic types of open space is vital for
everyone, and particularly valuable to children growing up in "urban
hardscapes" or areas where access to nature is limited.

Outdoor play has been shown to increase fitness levels, raise levels
of Vitamin D, improve distance vision and lower nearsightedness,
decrease symptoms of ADHD, improve test scores and increase academic
performance.

The development of policies that foster stewardship of the
environment, an appreciation of the importance of the wise use of
natural resources and recognition of the health benefits of time spent
in nature are essential to the residents of New York State.

This legislation would assemble representatives from various
organizations and state agencies to promote the development of a
framework that will ensure that New York State has an aggressive
outdoor environmental education and recreation plan focuses on
creating, developing and retaining opportunities for outdoor learning.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S5205 of 2011/2012.


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to State.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3920

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 27, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism,
  Parks and Recreation

AN ACT creating a legislative task force on outdoor environmental educa-
  tion and recreation that will benefit residents of New York  state  by
  stewardship  and  conservation  of the environment, an appreciation of
  the importance of the  wise  use  of  natural  resources  as  well  as
  acknowledgment of the health benefits of time spent in nature

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

  Section 1. Legislative findings. (a) The legislature hereby finds that
in the last two decades, childhood has moved indoors. The average Ameri-
can boy or girl spends just four to seven minutes each day  in  unstruc-
tured  outdoor  play,  and more than seven hours each day in front of an
electronic screen. The decline in the  appreciation  and  prevalence  of
outdoor  recreation opportunities profoundly impacts the wellness of our
state's youth. The  correlation  between  increasing  childhood  obesity
rates and the decline in outdoor recreation is undeniable.
  (b)  The  legislature further finds that visual and physical access to
basic types of open space is vital for everyone, and particularly  valu-
able to children growing up in "urban hardscapes", or areas where access
to nature is limited.
  (c)  The  legislature  further  finds that the development of policies
that foster stewardship of the environment, the importance of  the  wise
use  of natural resources and recognition of the health benefits of time
spent in nature are essential to the residents of New  York  state.  The
legislature concludes that this can best be accomplished by the creation
of a task force on outdoor environmental education and recreation.
  S  2.  Objectives.  A  legislative task force on outdoor environmental
education and recreation is hereby established to:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01646-01-3

S. 3920                             2

  (a) Promote the development of a framework that will ensure  that  New
York  state has an aggressive outdoor environmental education and recre-
ation plan for children that focuses on creating, developing and retain-
ing opportunities for outdoor play and learning;
  (b)  Identify  and  support  programs  which offer safe access to open
spaces and summer camp to children from urban areas;
  (c) Promote the development of policy recommendations to  ensure  that
New  York's  public  and private sectors focus on creating opportunities
for underserved and at-risk children to participate in outdoor play  and
educational experiences;
  (d)  Promote  the development of strategies to ensure that K-12 educa-
tional institutions develop policies and programs that promote  environ-
mental  education  to  encourage  outdoor  play thereby improving public
health and take advantage of the physical, mental and spiritual benefits
of moving outdoors in nature;
  (e) Promote the development of strategies to assist  community  based,
nonprofit  organizations  in furthering programs that provide for summer
camp and out of school time  opportunities  for  outdoor  recreation  or
education;
  (f)  Evaluate  laws, rules, and procedures to ensure that they facili-
tate, or at least do not hinder, the growth of outdoor play or  environ-
mental education.
  S  3. Composition. The task force shall consist of twelve members. The
task force members will have experience and expertise in outdoor  recre-
ation and environmental education. The task force shall consist of:  the
commissioner  of  education  or his or her designee, the commissioner of
health or his or her designee, the commissioner of environmental conser-
vation or his or her designee, the commissioner of the office of  parks,
recreation  and historic preservation or his or her designee. One member
shall be a representative from a nonprofit health and wellness organiza-
tion. One member shall be a representative  from  a  nonprofit  environ-
mental conservation organization.  Two members shall be appointed by the
governor;  one  member to be appointed by the temporary president of the
senate; one member to be appointed by the minority leader of the senate;
one member to be appointed by the  speaker  of  the  assembly;  and  one
member  to be appointed by the minority leader of the assembly. The task
force shall be appointed for a term of two years.
  S 4. Report. The task force shall report its findings, conclusions and
recommendations to the governor, majority leader of the senate  and  the
speaker  of  the assembly by January 1, 2016. The task force may develop
and publish other documents throughout the year as  it  deems  necessary
and/or appropriate.
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

S3920A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1171A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Parks
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S5205A, A7819A

S3920A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

view summary

Creates a legislative task force on outdoor environmental education and recreation that will benefit residents of New York state by fostering stewardship and conservation of the environment, and an appreciation of the importance of the wise use of natural resources as well as acknowledgment of the health benefits of time spent in nature.

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BILL NUMBER:S3920A

TITLE OF BILL: An act creating a legislative task force on outdoor
environmental education and recreation that will benefit residents of
New York state by stewardship and conservation of the environment, an
appreciation of the importance of the wise use of natural resources as
well as acknowledgment of the health benefits of time spent in nature

PURPOSE: This bill creates a task force on outdoor environmental
education and recreation. This bill would assemble representatives
from various organizations and state agencies to promote development
of a framework that will ensure that New York State has a aggressive
outdoor environmental education and recreation Plan that focuses on
creating, developing and retaining opportunities for outdoor learning.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 provides the Legislative findings.

Section 2 provides the objectives of the legislative task force on
outdoor environmental education and recreation.

Section 3 provides the composition of the legislative task force,
which shall consist of twelve members. The task force members will
have expertise in outdoor recreation and environmental education.

Section 4 authorizes the task force to report its findings, conclusion
and recommendations by January 1, 2017.

Section 5 of this bill provides for an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: The average American boy or girl spends just four to
seven minutes each day in unstructured outdoor play, and more than
seven hours each day in front of an electronic screen.

Visual and physical access to basic types of open space is vital for
everyone, and particularly valuable to children growing up in "urban
hardscapes" or areas where access to nature is limited.

Outdoor play has been shown to increase fitness levels, raise levels
of Vitamin D, improve distance vision and lower nearsightedness,
decrease symptoms of AIDED, improve test scores and increase academic
performance.

The development of policies that foster stewardship of the
environment, an appreciation of the importance of the wise use of
natural resources and recognition of the health benefits of time spent
in nature are essential to the residents of New York State.

This legislation would assemble representatives from various
organizations and state agencies to promote the development of a
framework that will ensure that New York State has an aggressive
outdoor environmental education and recreation plan focuses on
creating, developing and retaining opportunities for outdoor learning.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S5205 of 2011/2012.


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to State.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3920--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 27, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism,
  Parks and Recreation --  recommitted  to  the  Committee  on  Cultural
  Affairs,  Tourism, Parks and Recreation in accordance with Senate Rule
  6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted  as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT creating a legislative task force on outdoor environmental educa-
  tion  and  recreation that will benefit residents of New York state by
  stewardship and conservation of the environment,  an  appreciation  of
  the  importance  of  the  wise  use  of  natural  resources as well as
  acknowledgment of the health benefits of time spent in nature

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

  Section 1. Legislative findings. (a) The legislature hereby finds that
in the last two decades, childhood has moved indoors. The average Ameri-
can  boy  or girl spends just four to seven minutes each day in unstruc-
tured outdoor play, and more than seven hours each day in  front  of  an
electronic  screen.  The  decline  in the appreciation and prevalence of
outdoor recreation opportunities profoundly impacts the wellness of  our
state's  youth.  The  correlation  between  increasing childhood obesity
rates and the decline in outdoor recreation is undeniable.
  (b) The legislature further finds that visual and physical  access  to
basic  types of open space is vital for everyone, and particularly valu-
able to children growing up in "urban hardscapes", or areas where access
to nature is limited.
  (c) The legislature further finds that  the  development  of  policies
that  foster  stewardship of the environment, the importance of the wise
use of natural resources and recognition of the health benefits of  time
spent  in  nature  are essential to the residents of New York state. The
legislature concludes that this can best be accomplished by the creation
of a task force on outdoor environmental education and recreation.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01646-02-4

S. 3920--A                          2

  S 2. Objectives. A legislative task  force  on  outdoor  environmental
education and recreation is hereby established to:
  (a)  Promote  the development of a framework that will ensure that New
York state has an aggressive outdoor environmental education and  recre-
ation plan for children that focuses on creating, developing and retain-
ing opportunities for outdoor play and learning;
  (b)  Identify  and  support  programs  which offer safe access to open
spaces and summer camp to children from urban areas;
  (c) Promote the development of policy recommendations to  ensure  that
New  York's  public  and private sectors focus on creating opportunities
for underserved and at-risk children to participate in outdoor play  and
educational experiences;
  (d)  Promote  the development of strategies to ensure that K-12 educa-
tional institutions develop policies and programs that promote  environ-
mental  education  to  encourage  outdoor  play thereby improving public
health and take advantage of the physical, mental and spiritual benefits
of moving outdoors in nature;
  (e) Promote the development of strategies to assist  community  based,
nonprofit  organizations  in furthering programs that provide for summer
camp and out of school time  opportunities  for  outdoor  recreation  or
education;
  (f)  Evaluate  laws, rules, and procedures to ensure that they facili-
tate, or at least do not hinder, the growth of outdoor play or  environ-
mental education.
  S  3. Composition. The task force shall consist of twelve members. The
task force members will have experience and expertise in outdoor  recre-
ation and environmental education. The task force shall consist of:  the
commissioner  of  education  or his or her designee, the commissioner of
health or his or her designee, the commissioner of environmental conser-
vation or his or her designee, the commissioner of the office of  parks,
recreation  and historic preservation or his or her designee. One member
shall be a representative from a nonprofit health and wellness organiza-
tion. One member shall be a representative  from  a  nonprofit  environ-
mental conservation organization.  Two members shall be appointed by the
governor;  one  member to be appointed by the temporary president of the
senate; one member to be appointed by the minority leader of the senate;
one member to be appointed by the  speaker  of  the  assembly;  and  one
member  to be appointed by the minority leader of the assembly. The task
force shall be appointed for a term of two years.
  S 4. Report. The task force shall report its findings, conclusions and
recommendations to the governor, majority leader of the senate  and  the
speaker  of  the assembly by January 1, 2017. The task force may develop
and publish other documents throughout the year as  it  deems  necessary
and/or appropriate.
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

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