|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jun 16, 2016||referred to ways and means|
delivered to assembly
ordered to third reading cal.1875
committee discharged and committed to rules
|May 12, 2016||referred to cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation|
senate Bill S7806
Archive: Last Bill Status - Passed Senate
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S7806 (ACTIVE) - Details
S7806 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S7806 TITLE OF BILL : An act to authorize and direct the commissioners of health and environmental conservation to study and develop a long-term strategy to encourage and promote outdoor environmental education and recreational opportunities in New York state PURPOSE : To promote and encourage outdoor environmental education and recreational opportunities in New York State. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 provides the Legislative findings. Section 2 authorizes and directs the commissioners of health and environmental conservation to study and develop a long term strategy for integrating an aggressive outdoor environmental education and recreation plan for children that focuses on creating, developing and retaining opportunities for outdoor play and learning in New York State. Section 3 is the effective date.
S7806 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7806 I N S E N A T E May 12, 2016 ___________ Introduced by Sen. RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation AN ACT to authorize and direct the commissioners of health and environ- mental conservation to study and develop a long-term strategy to encourage and promote outdoor environmental education and recreational opportunities in New York state THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature recognizes that in the last two decades, childhood has moved indoors. The average American boy or girl spends just four to seven minutes each day in unstructured outdoor play, and more than seven hours each day in front of an elec- tronic screen. The decline in the appreciation and prevalence of outdoor recreation opportunities profoundly impacts the wellness of our state's youth. The correlation between increasing childhood obesity rates and the decline in outdoor recreation is undeniable. Additionally, the legislature recognizes that visual and physical access to basic types of open space is vital for everyone, and partic- ularly valuable to children growing up in "urban hardscapes", or areas where access to nature is limited. The legislature further finds that the development of policies that foster stewardship of the environment and recognition of the health benefits of time spent in nature are essential to the residents of New York state. The legislature concludes that this can best be accom- plished by the creation of a study on outdoor environmental education and recreation. S 2. The commissioners of health and environmental conservation are hereby authorized and directed to study and develop a long-term strategy for integrating an aggressive outdoor environmental education and recre- ation plan for children that focuses on creating, developing and retain- ing opportunities for outdoor play and learning in New York state. Such strategy shall be based on an analysis of the overall health of our youth including the rise in childhood obesity rates, economic trends and EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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