senate Bill S6381

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires veteran organizations to provide assistance to veterans which adequately addresses military sexual trauma experienced by veterans due to their military service

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May 06, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Mar 11, 2014 notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 21, 2014 referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs

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May 6, 2014 - Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs committee Vote

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Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee Vote: May 6, 2014

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S6381 - Bill Details

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A7086A
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Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง353 & 358, Exec L

S6381 - Bill Texts

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Requires veteran organizations to provide assistance to veterans which adequately addresses military sexual trauma experienced by veterans due to their military service.

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BILL NUMBER:S6381

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to
developing plans to adequately address military sexual trauma

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To require the Division of Veterans' Affairs to develop programs to
address military sexual trauma. The bill also requires the county and
city veterans' service agencies to provide information on matters
pertaining to military sexual trauma.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 To require the New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs
to develop and encourage plans for assistance and benefits to address
the military sexual trauma experienced by veterans due to their
military service.

Section 2 Requires county and city veterans service agencies to have
information on matters pertaining to military sexual trauma.

Section 3. Effective date

JUSTIFICATION:

Military sexual trauma (MST) is the term that the Department of
Veterans Affairs uses to refer to sexual assault or repeated,
threatening sexual harassment that occurred while the Veteran was in
the military. It includes any sexual activity where someone is
involved against his or her will. He or she may have been pressured
into sexual activities, may have been unable to consent to sexual
activities, or may have been physically forced into sexual activities.
Other experiences that fall into the category of MST include unwanted
sexual touching or grabbing; threatening, offensive remarks about a
person's body or sexual activities; and/or threatening or unwelcome
sexual advances.

Both men and women can experience MST during their service. More than
3,150 military sexual assaults were reported in 2010 according to
Department Of Defense statistics. However, Pentagon officials estimate
that less than fourteen percent of sexual crimes against military
personnel are reported. In 2010, the Department of Veterans Affairs
medical staff treated more than 68,000 veterans who reported some
sexual trauma during their military service.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2012: Delivered to Senate
2013: Died in Senate

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:

The creation of this program could be developed with the existing
funds that operate the Division of Veterans' Affairs at this time.

EFFECTIVE DATE:


This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it
shall have become a law; provided that any rules and regulations
necessary for the timely implementation of this act on its effective
date shall be promulgate on or before such date.

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

                                  6381

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 21, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. TKACZYK -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to  developing  plans  to
  adequately address military sexual trauma

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

  Section 1. Section 353 of the executive law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 22 to read as follows:
  22. TO DEVELOP AND ENCOURAGE PLANS FOR  ASSISTANCE  AND  BENEFITS  FOR
VETERANS  WHO  EXPERIENCE MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA WHILE ON ACTIVE DUTY OR
DURING MILITARY TRAINING.
  S 2.  Subdivision 1 of section 358 of the executive law, as amended by
chapter 106 of the laws of 2003, is amended to read as follows:
  1. A local veterans' service agency shall have power under the  direc-
tion  of the state veterans' service agency, and it shall be its duty to
inform military and naval authorities of the United  States  and  assist
members  of  the  armed  forces  and veterans, who are residents of this
state, and their families, in relation  to  (1)  matters  pertaining  to
educational training and retraining services and facilities, (2) health,
medical  and  rehabilitation  services and facilities, (3) provisions of
federal, state and local laws and regulations affording  special  rights
and privileges to members of the armed forces and war veterans and their
families,  (4)  employment and re-employment services, [and] (5) MATTERS
PERTAINING TO MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA EXPERIENCED WHILE ON ACTIVE DUTY OR
DURING MILITARY TRAINING, AND (6) other matters of similar,  related  or
appropriate  nature.  The local veterans' service agency may also assist
families of members of the reserve components of the  armed  forces  and
the  organized  militia ordered into active duty to ensure that they are
made aware of and are receiving all  appropriate  support  available  to
them  and  are  placed in contact with the agencies responsible for such
support, including, but not limited to, the  division  of  military  and
naval  affairs  and  other state agencies responsible for providing such

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08821-02-4

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support. The local veterans' service  agency  also  shall  perform  such
other duties as may be assigned by the state director.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it  shall  have  become  a law; provided, that any rules and regulations
necessary for the timely implementation of this  act  on  its  effective
date shall be promulgated on or before such date.

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