BILL NO A02700 SAME AS SAME AS S05048 SPONSOR Peoples-Stokes COSPNSR Lupardo, Hevesi MLTSPNSR Amd S2803-j, Pub Health L Relates to requiring maternity patients and the other parent of a newborn child to be educated in safe sleeping practices.Go to top
BILL NO A02700 01/20/2015 referred to health 04/22/2015 reported 04/23/2015 advanced to third reading cal.185 04/28/2015 passed assembly 04/28/2015 delivered to senate 04/28/2015 REFERRED TO HEALTH 01/06/2016 DIED IN SENATE 01/06/2016 RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY 01/06/2016 ordered to third reading cal.124Go to top
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A2700 SPONSOR: Peoples-Stokes (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring hospitals and birth centers to request each maternity patient and other parent of a newborn to view a video presentation on safe sleeping practices for newborns   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill requires hospitals and birth centers to provide leaflets on safe and unsafe sleeping practices and to request each maternity patient and father of a newborn view a video presentation on unsafe and safe sleeping practices for newborns.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends Subdivision 1 to Section 2803-j of the Public Health Law by adding a new paragraph 1-d which requires hospitals and birth centers to distribute a leaflet prepared by the New York State Commissioner of Health that describes safe and unsafe sleeping practices and to provide certain statistical data regarding fatalities from unsafe sleeping practices. Section 2 of the bill amends Section 2803-j of the public health law by adding a new subdivision 7 directing hospitals and birthing centers to request each maternity patient and 'father of a newborn view a video presentation prepared by the Commissioner of Health on safe sleeping practices for newborns and to make such video available to take home. Both the leaflet and video required by these two amendments are to be prepared in languages that will best convey such information to the patients who frequent such hospital and birthing center. Section 3 provides an Effective Date.   JUSTIFICATION: Deaths caused by babies being put in unsafe sleeping environments are 100% preventable. Over a hundred of these deaths occur in New York State each and every year. Six infant deaths in Erie County in January of 2014 are thought to be attributable to altered sleeping practices due to the extreme cold weather during the winter of 2013-2014. It is evident that parents are unaware of the dangers that unsafe sleep environments pose to their babies. Requiring hospitals and birth centers to request each maternity patient and father of a newborn view receive a leaflet and to view a video pres- entation on safe sleeping practices for newborns would result in more parents becoming aware of the dangers from unsafe sleeping and taking prevent steps to prevent these avoidable tragedies from occurring. This will ultimately save lives as more parents will give their baby a safe sleeping environment. This is one in a series of measures being introduced at the request of the Erie County Executive upon the recommendation of the county's Commissioner of Social Services to improve the provision of child protective services to New York's children and families.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A. 9701 as of 2013/2014   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become law.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2700 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY January 20, 2015 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. PEOPLES-STOKES, LUPARDO, HEVESI -- read once and referred to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring hospi- tals and birth centers to request each maternity patient and other parent of a newborn to view a video presentation on safe sleeping practices for newborns The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Section 2803-j of the public health law, as amended by 2 chapter 62 of the laws of 1996, is amended by adding a new subdivision 3 1-d to read as follows: 4 1-d. The informational leaflet shall also include an explanation of 5 unsafe sleeping practices including the potential fatal consequences 6 from such unsafe sleeping practices and recommended safe sleeping prac- 7 tices. The leaflet shall include statistics concerning the number of 8 deaths of infants and children each year suspected or known to be caused 9 by unsafe sleeping practices. The commissioner shall cause a sufficient 10 number of such leaflets to be produced to allow parents of newborn chil- 11 dren to take a leaflet home with them. The leaflet shall be made avail- 12 able in languages best designed to convey the information to the parents 13 who receive maternity related services at such hospital or birthing 14 center. 15 § 2. Section 2803-j of the public health law, as amended by chapter 62 16 of the laws of 1996, is amended by adding a new subdivision 7 to read as 17 follows: 18 7. Every hospital and birth center shall request that each maternity 19 patient and other parent, if available, of a newborn child, view a video 20 presentation, approved by the commissioner, on unsafe sleeping practices 21 including, but not limited to, the dangers of co-sleeping with a 22 newborn, infant or child, the potential fatal consequences from such 23 unsafe sleeping practices and recommended safe sleeping practices. The EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01717-01-5A. 2700 2 1 video shall include statistics concerning the number of deaths of 2 infants and children each year suspected or known to be caused by unsafe 3 sleeping practices. After viewing such a video presentation or upon 4 refusal to view such a video presentation, the hospital or birth center 5 shall request that such patient and/or other parent sign a form stating 6 that they have viewed or refused to view such video presentation. All 7 training materials and forms required to implement the provisions of 8 this subdivision shall be provided by the commissioner. 9 § 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after 10 it shall have become a law.