senate Bill S5513

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the creation of a prom and graduation safety program

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to mental health and developmental disabilities
May 16, 2013 referred to mental health and developmental disabilities

S5513 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Mental Hygiene Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง19.26, Ment Hyg L

S5513 - Bill Texts

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Relates to the creation of a prom and graduation safety program; develops educational materials.

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BILL NUMBER:S5513

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to
the creation of a prom and graduation safety program

PURPOSE:

To create educational materials for students, educators, parents and
guardians with information and Lips on how to keep adolescents safe
and healthy during prom and graduation season.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one amends the mental hygiene law by adding a new section,
19.26, which would establish a prom and graduation safety program
within the office, which shall focus upon ensuring the safety of
adolescents attending their prom and celebrating high school
graduation.

Section two states the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Every year, thousands of high schools students attend prom, graduation
ceremonies, and parties with their classmates. Unfortunately, some
such celebrations have had tragic endings due to unsafe practices.
These tragic events could be avoided by raising awareness and
educating students on safe practices for prom and graduation season.
According to the Century Council, in 2012 42% of 12th graders have
admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages. The CDC has reported that
motor vehicle crashes axe the leading cause of death for teenagers
between the ages of 16 and 19, with 1 in 5 of those teen drivers
involved in fatal crashes had alcohol in their system. Students are
particularly vulnerable to several risks of underage drinking,
including but not limited to alcohol poisoning and driving while
intoxicated, while celebrating the end of high school. This
legislation is designed to develop programs emphasizing how to stay
safe and healthy while attending graduation and prom.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Minimal to the 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5513

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BOYLE  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop-
  mental Disabilities

AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to the creation of a
  prom and graduation safety program

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

  Section  1.  The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new section
19.26 to read as follows:
S 19.26 PROM AND GRADUATION SAFETY PROGRAM.
  (A) THE OFFICE SHALL ESTABLISH A PROM AND  GRADUATION  SAFETY  PROGRAM
WITHIN THE OFFICE, WHICH SHALL FOCUS UPON ENSURING THE SAFETY OF ADOLES-
CENTS ATTENDING THEIR PROM AND CELEBRATING HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION.
  (B)  THE  COMMISSIONER,  IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH,
THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, AND THE DIVISION OF STATE POLICE,  SHALL
DEVELOP  EDUCATIONAL  MATERIALS FOR STUDENTS, EDUCATORS, AND PARENTS AND
GUARDIANS WITH INFORMATION AND TIPS ON HOW TO KEEP ADOLESCENTS SAFE  AND
HEALTHY.    SUCH  EDUCATIONAL  MATERIALS, INCLUDING PRINTABLE BROCHURES,
SHALL BE AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITES OF THE OFFICE AND THE STATE EDUCATION
DEPARTMENT AND SHALL BE UPDATED ANNUALLY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11090-01-3

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