senate Bill S3921

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Directs the commissioners of health and environmental conservation to study and develop a long term strategy to encourage outdoor environmental education and recreation

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation
Feb 27, 2013 referred to cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation

S3921 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1104
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Parks
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S5207, A5207, A8013
2009-2010: A6119

S3921 - Bill Texts

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Directs the commissioners of health and environmental conservation to study and develop a long term strategy to encourage and promote outdoor environmental education and recreational opportunities in New York state.

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BILL NUMBER:S3921

TITLE OF BILL: An act to authorize and direct the commissioners of
health and environmental conservation to study and develop a long-term
strategy to encourage and promote outdoor environmental education and
recreational opportunities in New York state

PURPOSE: To promote and encourage outdoor environmental education and
recreational opportunities in New York State.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 provides the Legislative findings.

Section 2 authorizes and directs the commissioners of health and
environmental conservation to study and develop a long term strategy
for integrating an aggressive outdoor environmental education and
recreation plan for children that focuses on creating, developing and
retaining opportunities for outdoor play and learning in New York
State.

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.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S5207 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3921

                       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 to authorize and direct the commissioners of health and  environ-
  mental  conservation  to  study  and  develop  a long-term strategy to
  encourage and promote outdoor environmental education and recreational
  opportunities in New York state

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

  Section  1.  Legislative  findings. The legislature recognizes that in
the last two decades, childhood has moved indoors. 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  elec-
tronic 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.
  Additionally,  the  legislature  recognizes  that  visual and physical
access to basic types of open space is vital for everyone,  and  partic-
ularly  valuable  to children growing up in "urban hardscapes", or areas
where access to nature is limited.
  The legislature further finds that the development  of  policies  that
foster  stewardship  of  the  environment  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 accom-
plished by the creation of a study on  outdoor  environmental  education
and recreation.
  S  2.  The  commissioners of health and environmental conservation are
hereby authorized and directed to study and develop a long-term strategy
for integrating an aggressive outdoor environmental education and recre-
ation plan for children that focuses on creating, developing and retain-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01644-01-3

S. 3921                             2

ing opportunities for outdoor play and learning in New York state.  Such
strategy shall be based on an analysis of  the  overall  health  of  our
youth including the rise in childhood obesity rates, economic trends and
their  impact  on  access to outdoor spaces as well as all other factors
necessary to develop a state-level blueprint for outdoor  education  and
recreating. Such strategy shall be developed in consultation with health
and  environmental conservation advisory bodies created or authorized by
statute and such other organizations or  persons  as  the  commissioners
shall  deem  appropriate.  Within one year of the effective date of this
act, the commissioners shall submit  a  report  of  their  findings  and
recommendations, including proposed legislation, if any, to the governor
and the legislature.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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