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 - 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 - Summary

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.

S3921 - Sponsor Memo

S3921 - Bill Text download pdf

                    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

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