New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has announced that Assemblymember Charles D. Lavine (D-Glen Cove) has been named to sit on the Assembly’s Health, Higher Education and Insurance standing committees in addition to continuing as a member of the Codes, Judiciary and Social Services committees for the 2009 legislative session. Members of the Assembly may serve on no more than six standing committees per session.
Assemblymember Lavine said, “After four years in the Assembly, I am honored to have my hard work recognized by Speaker Silver in his selection of me to serve on these vital and important committees. I will continue to do all I can to fight for the rights of the residents of the 13th District and all New Yorkers.”
The Codes Committee has jurisdiction over reviewing virtually all criminal justice legislation and has jurisdiction over any bill that impacts civil or criminal penalties.
The Health Committee has jurisdiction over public health; legislation regarding abortion, AIDS and controlled substance issues; Medicaid for hospitals and nursing homes; physician discipline; regulation of health care facilities and environmental health.
Higher Education is primarily responsible for legislation dealing with the State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY); the independent colleges and universities of New York; proprietary vocational schools; students; financial aid and the licensed professions.
Judiciary has responsibility over civil practice law and rules; trusts and estates legislation; real estate; family law including divorce and some child welfare issues; issues impacting the State court system and the legal profession; and tort liability issues. The judiciary committee also considers proposed amendments to the State Constitution.
The Insurance Committee is responsible for legislation that deals with the regulation of New York State licensed insurance companies, agents and brokers. The committee oversees the regulation of insurance products related to life and health insurance and property and casualty insurance.
Social Services is responsible for legislation dealing with public assistance, including temporary assistance for needy families; SSI; and Medicaid eligibility and funding for non-instructional providers.