senate Bill S5897

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes an age-appropriate sex education grant program, to be referred to as the healthy teens act

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2014 referred to health
Jun 19, 2013 referred to rules

S5897 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 14-A ยงยง1450 - 1457, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A808, S1572A
2009-2010: A1806A, S4633

S5897 - Summary

Establishes an age-appropriate sex education grant program through the department of health to be a comprehensive age-appropriate program conducted by an eligible applicant; authorizes the commissioner to determine certain topics of instruction and makes provisions for the application of grants.

S5897 - Sponsor Memo

S5897 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 19, 2013

Introduced  by  Sen.  RIVERA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to  establishing  the
  age-appropriate  sex education grant program, to be referred to as the
  healthy teens act


  Section  1.  Legislative  intent.   The legislature finds and declares
that New York state's teen pregnancy rate, 59.2 per  1000  female  15-19
year  olds  as  compared to the Healthy People 2010 goal of 43 cases per
1000 female 15-19 year olds falls far too short  of  the  public  health
expectation  set  by the Surgeon General. New York state had 40,000 teen
pregnancies in 2006.  In addition, according to the centers for  disease
control,  1  in  4  teenage  girls has a sexually transmitted infection.
This is true in New York state as well.  Current research documents that
individuals  who  receive  early,  comprehensive,  age-appropriate,  and
scientifically  accurate  education  in the health and other benefits of
sexual abstinence, family planning, and birth control are more likely to
delay sexual activity and engage later in such activity  with  a  higher
degree   of  responsibility  and  safety.  Comprehensive  sex  education
programs which complement parental involvement and  instruction  respect
the diversity and values of our state and provide our youth at risk with
the  foundation  to  make responsibly informed choices. The earlier such
programs are commenced on an age-appropriate curriculum basis, the  more
responsible will be the sexual activity decisions.
  Statistics within New York state communities show an increase in rates
of sexually transmitted diseases among adolescents over the past several
years.    Adolescents are the fastest growing population of new HIV/AIDS
cases. These increases place greater demand on the state's  health  care
delivery  system and require that we take immediate action and embark on
a dedicated mission to provide targeted at-risk adolescents with a  more

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


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