A06253 Summary:

BILL NOA06253
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORRosenthal
 
COSPNSRTitone, Markey
 
MLTSPNSR
 
 
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.
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A06253 Actions:

BILL NOA06253
 
03/18/2015referred to health
01/06/2016referred to health
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A06253 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A6253
 
SPONSOR: Rosenthal (MS)
  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 indi- viduals, 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.   JUSTIFICATION: 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: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law, and shall expire and be deemed repealed one year after such effective date.
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A06253 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          6253
 
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     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    § 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    §  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.
                                                                   LBD06919-01-5
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