A02700 Summary:

BILL NOA02700
 
SAME ASSAME AS S05048
 
SPONSORPeoples-Stokes
 
COSPNSRLupardo, 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.
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A02700 Actions:

BILL NOA02700
 
01/20/2015referred to health
04/22/2015reported
04/23/2015advanced to third reading cal.185
04/28/2015passed assembly
04/28/2015delivered to senate
04/28/2015REFERRED TO HEALTH
01/06/2016DIED IN SENATE
01/06/2016RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
01/06/2016ordered to third reading cal.124
02/25/2016passed assembly
02/25/2016delivered to senate
02/25/2016REFERRED TO HEALTH
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A02700 Memo:

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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A02700 Text:



 
                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.
                                                                   LBD01717-01-5

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     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.
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