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SB6166 Actions:

BILL NO    S06166 

01/08/2014 REFERRED TO FINANCE
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SB6166 Text:

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

                                         6166

                                   I N  S E N A T E

                                      (PREFILED)

                                    January 8, 2014
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
         printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

       AN ACT making  an  appropriation  for  Children's  Environmental  Health
         Centers

         THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section 1.   Legislative intent. The legislature  finds  and  declares
    2  that  it  is  the  policy  of the state of New York to assure that every
    3  child has access  to  quality  health  care  in  relation  to  potential
    4  disease, disability and injury related to environmental toxins and other
    5  environmental  threats  to health. The legislature further declares that
    6  prevention of disability, disease and injury  attributable  to  environ-
    7  mental  causes  is far preferable to children suffering from toxic expo-
    8  sures. The incidence of  children's  acquired  neurological  disability,
    9  such as autism, learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivi-
   10  ty  disorder,  and  serious  acquired  illness, such as asthma, obesity,
   11  diabetes and childhood cancer, are growing at  an  alarming  rate.  Many
   12  cases  of  these  diseases  have been linked to harmful exposures in the
   13  environment. Not only does each of these cases cause  incalculable  pain
   14  and  suffering for these children, their families and their communities,
   15  but additionally these diseases cost New  York  state  an  estimated  $6
   16  billion each year.
   17    Many  medical practitioners seek the assistance and guidance of physi-
   18  cians with expertise in the identification and  treatment  of  childhood
   19  ailments  of  environmental  origin,  but  find  that  a coordinated and
   20  comprehensive system of environmental health centers is lacking  in  New
   21  York state.
   22    Further,  parents,  schools,  day-care  centers,  preschools  and many
   23  others in  the  community  seek  authoritative  and  expert  information
   24  concerning  possible  toxins, yet find that such coordinated and compre-
   25  hensive expertise is similarly lacking in New York state's communities.
   26    S 2. The sum of one million dollars ($1,000,000) or so much thereof as
   27  may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the Children's Environmental

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD11305-02-3
       S. 6166                             2

    1  Health Centers out of any moneys in the state treasury  in  the  general
    2  fund  to  the credit of the state purposes account, not otherwise appro-
    3  priated, and made immediately available, for the services  and  expenses
    4  of  Children's  Environmental Health Centers on the audit and warrant of
    5  the comptroller on vouchers certified or approved by Children's Environ-
    6  mental Health Centers in the manner provided by law.
    7    S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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