BILL NO A06253
SAME AS No same as
SPONSOR Rosenthal (MS)
COSPNSR Titone, Markey
Requires a study by the department of health to determine the effects that
exposure to long range acoustic devices have on an individual's hearing.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act requiring a study to determine the effects that exposure to
long range acoustic devices have on an individual's hearing; and
providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this legislation is to investigate whether long-range
acoustic devices that are used for crowd control in short ranges
causes permanent damage to the hearing of those exposed.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one requires the department of health to engage in a study of
long-range acoustic devices (LRADs) and the effects of exposure on
individuals, including the effects on short- and long-term hearing.
Section two establishes the time frame for the study.
Section three sets forth the effective date.
LRADs have been used in military operations for more than a decade,
but only recently have we seen local police forces equipped with these
devices. They are designed to amplify and focus sound, and were
originally used to spread a message to a village or group of people
from a great distance. Now, these devices are commonly used for crowd
control at very close range, sometimes only feet away. Individuals
exposed to this sound have described it as "piercing," and have
reported headaches and earaches following exposure.
The use of these devices is increasing exponentially and a proper
study is needed to determine the effects of exposure.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have
become a law, and shall expire and be deemed repealed one year after
such effective date.
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
I N A S S E M B L Y
March 18, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. ROSENTHAL, TITONE, MARKEY -- read once and
referred to the Committee on Health
AN ACT requiring a study to determine the effects that exposure to long
range acoustic devices have on an individual's hearing; and providing
for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. The department of health shall engage in a study of long
2 range acoustic devices (LRADs) and the effect of exposure on individ-
3 uals, including the effect on short and long term hearing.
4 S 2. Not later than one year after the effective date of this act, the
5 department of health shall prepare a report setting forth and evaluating
6 the findings of the study.
7 S 3. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
8 have become a law, and shall expire and be deemed repealed one year
9 after such effective date.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.