senate Bill S7806

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Directs the commissioners of health and environmental conservation to study and develop a long term strategy to encourage outdoor environmental education and recreation

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 16, 2016 referred to ways and means
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1875
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 12, 2016 referred to cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation

S7806 (ACTIVE) - Details

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Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S5207, A8013
2013-2014: S3921, A1104
2017-2018: S3019, A735

S7806 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Directs 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.

S7806 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7806 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                            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


  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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