senate Bill S5983

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the powers and duties of the tick-borne disease institute; appropriation

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to finance
Nov 13, 2013 referred to finance


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S5983 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes the tick-borne disease institute to administer grants for tick-borne illness research, detection, education and outreach programs approved by the department of health and appropriates one million dollars for such grants.

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TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
the powers and duties of the tick-borne disease institute; and making
an appropriation therefor

PURPOSE: To increase public awareness and community outreach for
prevention of tick bites and treatment of tick borne illness symptoms.
To provide funding for research and efforts to raise public awareness
of tick borne illness.


Section 1 of the bill amends Section 2798 of the public health law to
establish grants for research, detection, education and outreach
related to tick-borne illness. Section 2 provides an appropriation of
one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) to the department of health for
grants made by the Tick-Borne Disease Institute for research,
detection, education and outreach related to tick-borne illness.

JUSTIFICATION: The spread of Lyme disease in the Hudson Valley, Long
Island and other parts of New York State has been growing steadily in
the past few years. In August 2013 the CDC found that there are at
least ten times the number of people affected with Lyme disease than
was previously reported.

If not diagnosed and treated early, Lyme disease can lead to chronic
illness and can affect every system in the body, including the central
nervous system and the cardiac system. Later symptoms of Lyme disease
include arthritis, neurological problems (such as facial paralysis,
memory problems, extreme weaknesses of the extremities and seizures),
heart block and inflammation and even blindness.

Although we first identified Lyme disease in the 1970s, many questions
still remain to be examined. Currently, there is no definitive testing
or treatment for chronic Lyme disease. Despite the debilitating
nature of this disease and the many unanswered questions surrounding
Lyme disease we have not invested enough money into research. Indeed,
the funding for the Tick-Borne Disease Institute has been
significantly underfunded and is experiencing significant cuts from
$150,000 in 2008 to under $70,000 in 2013. This bill will begin our
path toward proper research funding.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This bill would provide the department of
health's tick borne disease institute with one million dollars from
the general fund for research, detection, education and outreach on
tick borne illness.

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


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            November 13, 2013

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

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation  to  the  powers  and
  duties  of  the  tick-borne disease institute; and making an appropri-
  ation therefor


  Section  1.  This act shall be known and may be cited as the "research
aid for tick-borne diseases act" or "RAID tick act".
  S 2. Section 2798 of the public health law, as added by chapter 550 of
the laws of 1988, the opening paragraph as amended by section 35 of part
A of chapter 58 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows:
  S 2798. Powers and duties. The  tick-borne  disease  institute  estab-
lished  by  section  twenty-seven  hundred  ninety-seven of this article
shall have the following powers and duties:
  1. to develop and promote investigations into the  cause,  prevention,
detection,   spread,  methods  of  treatment,  and  cure  of  tick-borne
diseases; [and]
  2. to develop and promote an outreach campaign directed toward target-
ed high-risk populations to provide  coordinated  information  regarding
the   cause,   prevention,   detection,   and  treatment  of  tick-borne
disease[.]; AND
  S 3. The sum of one million dollars ($1,000,000.00), or so much there-
of  as  may  be  necessary,  is hereby appropriated to the department of
health out of any moneys in the state treasury in the  general  fund  to
the  credit  of  the state purposes account, not otherwise appropriated,
and made immediately  available,  for  grants  made  by  the  tick-borne
disease  institute pursuant to this act. Such moneys shall be payable on
the audit and warrant  of  the  comptroller  on  vouchers  certified  or
approved by the commissioner of health in the manner prescribed by law.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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


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