senate Bill S3798

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Establishes an age-appropriate sex education grant program, to be referred to as the healthy teens act

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2020 referred to health
Feb 14, 2019 referred to health

S3798 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 14-A §§1450 - 1457, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1572
2013-2014: S5897, S957
2015-2016: S1889, S700
2017-2018: S1070, S3124

S3798 (ACTIVE) - 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.

S3798 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3798 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 14, 2019

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


  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
a  dedicated mission to provide targeted at-risk adolescents with a more

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


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