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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 08, 2014||referred to health|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to health|
senate Bill S957
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S957 - Details
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
BILL NUMBER:S957 TITLE OF BILL: 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 PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would establish an age-appropriate sex education grant program within the Department of Health. The Department, from amounts annually appropriated, will make grants to school districts, boards of cooperative educational services, school-based health centers, and community-based organizations with a proven history of success in reaching the adolescents of this state, to assist them in conducting a thorough and comprehensive education program aimed at preventing unwanted pregnancies and occurrences of sexually transmitted diseases among youth. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: * Section 1 states the legislative intent of the bill. * Section 2 states that this act shall be known and may cited as the Healthy Teens Act. * Section 3 adds Article 14-A to the Public Health Law to enact the Age-Appropriate Sex Education Grant Program. Sectioned out in Article
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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