senate Bill S6685

Vetoed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Provides additional health services and employment benefits for veterans

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Archive: Last Bill Status Via A2189 - Vetoed by Governor


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Vetoed by Governor

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Nov 21, 2014 tabled
vetoed memo.485
Nov 10, 2014 delivered to governor
Jun 18, 2014 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1083
substituted for s6685
Jun 18, 2014 substituted by a2189a
Jun 09, 2014 advanced to third reading
Jun 03, 2014 2nd report cal.
Jun 02, 2014 1st report cal.1083
May 06, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Feb 27, 2014 referred to health

Votes

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May 6, 2014 - Health committee Vote

S6685
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S6685 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2189A
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3803, Pub Health L; amd §29, Cor L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A2102A
2009-2010: A8730B

S6685 - Bill Texts

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Provides additional benefits for veterans; provides for services and counseling related to post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries; requires reports to the legislature concerning the number of veterans who are incarcerated.

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BILL NUMBER:S6685

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
providing certain benefits to veterans; and to amend the correction
law, in relation to requiring certain reports relating to veterans

PURPOSE:

To include information about mental and physical health issues,
including post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and
other brain related injuries within the veterans health care
information program and to establish the collection and maintenance of
data pertaining to an inmate's military background by the department
of corrections.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends subdivision 3803(1) of the public health law, as it
relates to the Veterans Health Care Information Program, to provide
information for veterans, their families and health care providers on
health issues associated with post-traumatic stress disorder and other
brain related injuries. This information will be provided in addition
to the information already provided by the program, including health
issues associated with Agent Orange, Gulf War Syndrome, toxic
materials or harmful physical agents such as depleted uranium and
hepatitis C.

Section 2 requires the State Commissioner of Corrections to report
annually to the legislature on the number of veterans who are inmates
in New York State and local correctional facilities. The report will
include a breakdown of the number of inmates, by branch of service,
time period of military service, and type of discharge that the inmate
received upon separation from the military.

JUSTIFICATION:

Current deployments to the Middle East involve long, dangerous and
repeated tours of duty, with our citizen soldiers and their families
performing above and beyond the call of duty. This bill will serve to
assist veterans and their families by supplying them with information
on post-traumatic stress disorder and other brain related injuries.
This bill will also help the state determine the scope and nature of
issues related to criminal activity by returning members of the
military in order to establish methods, programs and assistance aimed
at preventing such conduct.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

A.2189-A passed in the Assembly in 2013 and 2014.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Minimal

EFFECTIVE DATE:


This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth 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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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6685

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 27, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. ZELDIN, GRISANTI, MARTINS, MAZIARZ, RANZENHOFER --
  read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to
  the Committee on Health

AN  ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to providing certain
  benefits to veterans; and to amend the correction law, in relation  to
  requiring certain reports relating to veterans

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

  Section 1.  Subdivision 1 of section 3803 of the public health law, as
amended by chapter 743 of the laws  of  2006,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  1.  There  is hereby created within the department the veterans health
care information program (referred to in this section as the "program"),
which shall provide information on health issues associated  with  mili-
tary  duty,  including  but  not  limited  to  Agent  Orange,  Gulf  War
Syndromes, toxic materials or harmful physical agents such as,  depleted
uranium, and hepatitis C, AND SPECIFIC MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH ISSUES
INCLUDING  POST-TRAUMATIC  STRESS  DISORDER,  TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AND
OTHER BRAIN-RELATED INJURIES, for veterans, their surviving spouses  and
health care providers.
  S  2. Subdivision 1 of section 29 of the correction law, as amended by
section 12 of subpart A of part C of chapter 62 of the laws of 2011,  is
amended and a new subdivision 5 is added to read as follows:
  1.  The  department  shall  continue to collect, maintain, and analyze
statistical and other information  and  data  with  respect  to  persons
subject to the jurisdiction of the department, including but not limited
to: (a) the number of such persons: placed in the custody of the depart-
ment,  assigned  to  a  specific  department program, accorded community
supervision and declared delinquent, recommitted to a state correctional
institution upon revocation of community supervision, or discharged upon
maximum expiration  of  sentence;  (b)  the  criminal  history  of  such
persons;  (c)  the  social, educational, and vocational circumstances of
any such persons; [and,] (d) the institutional and community supervision
programs and the behavior of such persons; AND, (E) THE  MILITARY  BACK-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06299-03-4

S. 6685                             2

GROUND  AND  CIRCUMSTANCES,  IF  SUCH PERSON SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES
ARMED FORCES.  Provided, however, in the event any statistical  informa-
tion on the ethnic background of the inmate population of a correctional
facility  or facilities is collected by the department, such statistical
information shall contain, but not be limited to, the  following  ethnic
categories:  (i)  Caucasian;  (ii)  Asian;  (iii)  American Indian; (iv)
Afro-American/Black; and (v) Spanish  speaking/Hispanic  which  category
shall  include,  but  not  be  limited  to,  the following subcategories
consisting of: (1) Puerto Ricans; (2) Cubans; (3)  Dominicans;  and  (4)
other Hispanic nationalities.
  5.  THE  COMMISSIONER SHALL REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE ON THE NUMBER OF
INMATES WHO ARE CURRENTLY SERVING SENTENCES IN STATE CORRECTIONAL FACIL-
ITIES AND ANY LOCAL CORRECTIONAL  FACILITIES  WHO  HAVE  SERVED  IN  THE
UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES. SUCH REPORT SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMIT-
ED  TO  THE FOLLOWING: A BREAKDOWN OF THE NUMBER OF INMATES BY BRANCH OF
SERVICE, TIME PERIOD OF MILITARY SERVICE AND THE TYPE OF  DISCHARGE  THE
INMATE  RECEIVED UPON SEPARATION FROM THE MILITARY. SUCH REPORT SHALL BE
DONE ANNUALLY.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth 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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