senate Bill S957

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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Jan 08, 2014 referred to health
Jan 09, 2013 referred to health

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S957 - Details

Current Committee:
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

S957 - 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.

S957 - Sponsor Memo

S957 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                   957

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- 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  establishing  the
  age-appropriate  sex education grant program, to be referred to as the
  healthy teens act

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

  Section  1.  Legislative  intent.   The legislature finds and declares
that New York state's teen pregnancy rate, 56.2 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

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

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