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A00072 Summary:

BILL NOA00072
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORSayegh
 
COSPNSRCruz, Rosenthal L, Shimsky, Stirpe, Raga, Seawright, Burdick, Curran, Lavine, Davila
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add §99-qq, St Fin L
 
Creates a fund to be used to research certain bridges being equipped with suicide barriers.
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A00072 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A72
 
SPONSOR: Sayegh
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state finance law, in relation to creating a fund to be used to research equipping certain bridges with suicide barriers   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To establish a suicide barrier research fund to establish the feasibil- ity of adding suicide barriers to new bridges or bridges being built to replace existing infrastructure.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the state finance law by adding a new section 99-ii to establish the bridge suicide barrier fund which shall consist of all monies appropriated to such a fund in the joint custody of the state comptroller and the commissioner of taxation and finance. Monies in the bridge suicide barrier fund be utilized for any project involving the construction of a new bridge or the replacement of a bridge with a history of suicide attempts. Section 2 sets the effective date.   DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORIGINAL AND AMENDED VERSION (IF APPLICABLE): N/A   JUSTIFICATION: According to a study published by The Lancet Psychiatric Journal, bridg- es that are known as suicide hotspots saw a drop of 58 percent when they added suicide barriers. In addition, most suicide attempts are impulsive decisions; with barriers serving as an effective deterrent which can buy first responders time to save potential victims. This legislation would require funding to be appropriated to study the feasibility of adding preventative measures on new or replacement bridges being built in New York State. As New York State continues to revitalize its aging infras- tructure, it's important that we take modern day challenges, such as the mental health crisis, into consideration in all aspects of governance.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2019-20: A8728-Referred to Ways and Means 2021-22: A3288-Referred to Ways and Means   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: To be determined   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall go into effect immediately.
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A00072 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                           72
 
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                       (Prefiled)
 
                                     January 4, 2023
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. SAYEGH, CRUZ -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Ways and Means
 
        AN ACT to amend the state finance law, in relation to creating a fund to
          be used to research equipping certain bridges with suicide barriers

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  The  state finance law is amended by adding a new section
     2  99-qq to read as follows:
     3    § 99-qq. Bridge suicide barrier fund.  1. There is hereby  established
     4  in  the  joint  custody of the state comptroller and the commissioner of
     5  taxation and finance a bridge suicide barrier fund which  shall  consist
     6  of all monies appropriated to such fund.
     7    2.  Monies  in  the  bridge suicide barrier fund shall be utilized for
     8  studying any project involving the construction of a new bridge  or  the
     9  replacement  of  a  bridge with a history of suicide attempts and how to
    10  include in the new or replacement bridge a suicide barrier.
    11    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01750-01-3
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