A08094 Summary:

BILL NOA08094A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S06706-A
 
SPONSORBarrett
 
COSPNSRWallace, D'Urso, Blake, Cusick, Ashby, Santabarbara, Griffin, Taylor
 
MLTSPNSR
 
 
Establishes the outdoor Rx act; requires the division of veterans' services to review issues relating to veterans' abilities to access state parks, lands and facilities; and provides for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof.
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A08094 Actions:

BILL NOA08094A
 
05/31/2019referred to veterans' affairs
06/04/2019reported referred to rules
06/12/2019reported
06/12/2019rules report cal.227
06/12/2019ordered to third reading rules cal.227
06/17/2019passed assembly
06/17/2019delivered to senate
06/17/2019REFERRED TO RULES
01/08/2020DIED IN SENATE
01/08/2020RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
01/08/2020ordered to third reading cal.311
01/15/2020amended on third reading 8094a
02/13/2020passed assembly
02/13/2020delivered to senate
02/13/2020REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
02/26/2020SUBSTITUTED FOR S6706A
02/26/20203RD READING CAL.400
02/26/2020PASSED SENATE
02/26/2020RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
11/11/2020delivered to governor
11/11/2020signed chap.282
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A08094 Committee Votes:

VETERANS' AFFAIRS Chair:Barrett DATE:06/04/2019AYE/NAY:18/0 Action: Favorable refer to committee Rules
BarrettAyeMorinelloAye
NolanAyeHawleyAye
CusickAyeMcDonoughAye
MillerExcusedAshbyAye
SantabarbaraAyeManktelowAye
BlakeAye
HunterAye
MosleyAye
D'UrsoAye
Pheffer AmatoAye
WallaceAye
SternAye
JonesAye
ButtenschonAye

RULES Chair:Gottfried DATE:06/12/2019AYE/NAY:27/0 Action: Favorable
HeastieExcusedKolbAye
GottfriedAyeCrouchAye
LentolAyeFinchAye
GanttExcusedBarclayAye
NolanAyeRaiaAye
WeinsteinAyeHawleyAye
OrtizAyeGiglioAye
PretlowAyeMalliotakisAye
CookAye
GlickAye
AubryAye
EnglebrightAye
DinowitzAye
ColtonAye
MagnarelliAye
PerryAye
PaulinAbsent
TitusExcused
Peoples-StokesAye
BenedettoAye
LavineAye
LupardoAye
ZebrowskiAye

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A08094 Floor Votes:

DATE:06/17/2019Assembly Vote  YEA/NAY: 148/0
AbbateYCrespoYGanttERLiPetriYPerryYSimonY
AbinantiYCrouchYGarbarinoYLupardoYPheffer AmatoYSimotasY
ArroyoYCruzYGiglioYMagnarelliYPichardoYSmithY
AshbyYCusickYGlickYMalliotakisYPretlowYSmullenY
AubryYCymbrowitzYGoodellYManktelowYQuartYSolagesY
BarclayYDavilaYGottfriedYMcDonaldYRaYStecY
BarnwellYDe La RosaYGriffinYMcDonoughYRaiaYSteckY
BarrettYDenDekkerYGuntherYMcMahonYRamosYSternY
BarronYDeStefanoYHawleyYMikulinYRaynorYStirpeY
BenedettoYDickensYHevesiYMiller B YReillyYTagueY
BichotteYDilanYHunterYMiller MGYReyesYTaylorY
BlakeYDinowitzYHyndmanYMiller MLYRichardsonYThieleY
BlankenbushYDiPietroYJacobsonYMontesanoYRiveraYTitusER
BrabenecYD'UrsoYJaffeeYMorinelloYRodriguezYVanelY
BraunsteinYEichensteinYJean-PierreYMosleyYRomeoYWalczykY
BronsonYEnglebrightYJohnsYNiouYRosenthal D YWalkerY
BuchwaldYEpsteinYJonesYNolanYRosenthal L YWallaceY
BurkeYFahyYJoynerYNorrisYRozicYWalshY
ButtenschonYFallYKimYO'DonnellYRyanYWeinsteinY
ByrneYFernandezYKolbYOrtizYSalkaYWeprinY
ByrnesYFinchYLalorYOtisYSantabarbaraYWilliamsY
CahillYFitzpatrickYLavineYPalmesanoYSayeghYWoernerY
CarrollYFriendYLawrenceYPalumboYSchimmingerYWrightY
ColtonYFrontusYLentolYPaulinYSchmittYZebrowskiY
CookYGalefYLiftonYPeoples-StokesYSeawrightYMr. SpeakerY

DATE:02/13/2020Assembly Vote  YEA/NAY: 140/0
AbbateYCrespoYGalefYLiftonYPeoples-StokesYSmithY
AbinantiYCrouchYGanttERLiPetriYPerryYSmullenY
ArroyoYCruzYGarbarinoYLupardoYPheffer AmatoYSolagesY
AshbyYCusickYGiglioYMagnarelliYPichardoYStecY
AubryYCymbrowitzYGlickYMalliotakisYPretlowYSteckY
BarclayYDarlingYGoodellYManktelowYQuartYSternY
BarnwellERDavilaYGottfriedYMcDonaldYRaYStirpeY
BarrettYDe La RosaYGriffinYMcDonoughERRamosYTagueY
BarronYDenDekkerERGuntherERMcMahonYReillyYTaylorY
BenedettoYDeStefanoYHawleyYMikulinYReyesYThieleY
BichotteYDickensYHevesiYMiller B YRichardsonYVanelY
BlakeYDilanYHunterYMiller MGYRiveraYWalczykY
BlankenbushYDinowitzYHyndmanYMiller MLYRodriguezYWalkerY
BrabenecYDiPietroYJacobsonYMontesanoERRosenthal D YWallaceY
BraunsteinYD'UrsoYJaffeeYMorinelloYRosenthal L YWalshY
BronsonYEichensteinYJean-PierreYMosleyYRozicYWeinsteinY
BuchwaldYEnglebrightYJohnsYNiouYRyanYWeprinY
BurkeYEpsteinYJonesYNolanYSalkaYWilliamsY
ButtenschonYFahyYJoynerYNorrisYSantabarbaraYWoernerY
ByrneYFallYKimYO'DonnellYSayeghYWrightY
ByrnesYFernandezYKolbEROrtizYSchimmingerYZebrowskiY
CahillYFinchYLalorYOtisYSchmittYMr. SpeakerY
CarrollYFitzpatrickYLavineYPalmesanoYSeawrightY
ColtonYFriendYLawrenceYPalumboYSimonY
CookYFrontusYLentolYPaulinYSimotasY

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A08094 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         8094--A
                                                                Cal. No. 311
 
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      May 31, 2019
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M. of A. BARRETT, WALLACE, D'URSO, BLAKE, CUSICK, ASHBY,
          SANTABARBARA, GRIFFIN -- read once and referred to  the  Committee  on
          Veterans'  Affairs  -- ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered
          reprinted, retaining its place on the order of third reading

        AN ACT requiring the division of veterans'  services  to  review  issues
          relating  to  veterans'  abilities  to  access  state parks, lands and
          facilities; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expi-
          ration thereof
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "outdoor Rx
     2  act".
     3    § 2. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature hereby finds and
     4  declares  that  protecting the physical, mental and behavioral health of
     5  veterans is critical to ensure successful re-entry into  civilian  life.
     6  Studies  have shown that time outdoors can be a valuable adjunct therapy
     7  in addition to more traditional health care, while also  reducing  reli-
     8  ance  on prescription medication. The therapeutic benefits of time spent
     9  outdoors is clinically proven  and  is  known  to  help  reduce  stress,
    10  improve concentration, and promote overall well-being, both physical and
    11  mental.  Outdoor-based  therapeutic programs hold particular promise for
    12  people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress  Disorder,  Military  Sexual
    13  Trauma,  Traumatic  Brain  Injury,  and Substance Use Disorders. Outdoor
    14  programs including adventure therapy, wilderness therapy,  horticultural
    15  therapy,  walk-and-talk  therapy,  and  other nature-based programs, are
    16  currently being used by mental health professionals  and  are  shown  to
    17  have  benefits  including reduction of stress, restoration of attention,
    18  and an improved sense of well-being. New York state is home  to  natural
    19  beauty from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, and has a significant
    20  amount  of  open  space,  including  the  Adirondack and Catskill parks.
    21  Recognizing the healing benefits of outdoor-based  therapeutic  programs
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD13082-05-9

        A. 8094--A                          2
 
     1  to  residents of the state, particularly veterans and individuals recov-
     2  ering from substance abuse or a physical or mental trauma, the  legisla-
     3  ture supports the establishment of an outdoor Rx act.
     4    §  3.  1. The director of the division of veterans' services shall, in
     5  consultation with the office of parks, recreation and historic preserva-
     6  tion, the department of environmental conservation,  the  department  of
     7  health, and the office of mental health, review:
     8    a.  barriers  that  exist to provide veterans with increased access to
     9  state lands and opportunities for  medical  treatment  and  nature-based
    10  therapy  and programming, including barriers to transportation, handicap
    11  accessibility, cultural barriers, mental health stigmas,  public  aware-
    12  ness of state outdoor resources, lack of experience in the outdoors, and
    13  funding for public and private programs;
    14    b.  current  state  policies  regarding  free and discounted access to
    15  state parks, lands, and recreational facilities  by  veterans,  service-
    16  connected disabled veterans, gold star families, and other military-con-
    17  nected individuals;
    18    c.  opportunities  to  formalize  coordination between the division of
    19  veterans' services, other  state  agencies,  and  partner  organizations
    20  regarding  the use of public lands or other outdoor spaces to facilitate
    21  access, medical treatment and nature-based therapy for veterans;
    22    d. state lands, based on veterans'  demographics  including,  but  not
    23  limited  to,  service-connected disabled veterans, that should be prior-
    24  itized for access;
    25    e. recommendations, following consultation with appropriate  veterans'
    26  outdoor  recreation groups, to reduce barriers and better facilitate the
    27  use of state owned and managed  lands  for  access,  preventative  care,
    28  medical treatment, and nature-based therapy; and
    29    f.  estimated costs of implementing such recommendations and expanding
    30  access/benefits, as well as potential funding sources,  including  state
    31  funding and public-private partnership opportunities.
    32    2.  Following  such review, which shall be completed no later than six
    33  months from the effective date of this act, the  division  of  veterans'
    34  services  shall submit findings to the governor, the temporary president
    35  of the senate, the speaker of the assembly, the minority leader  of  the
    36  senate,  the  minority leader of the assembly, the chair of the assembly
    37  committee on veterans' affairs, and the chair of the senate committee on
    38  veterans, homeland security, and military affairs.    Information  shall
    39  also be posted in a timely manner on the division of veterans' services'
    40  website  and  a  link  to  such  document shall also be available on the
    41  websites of the office of parks, recreation  and  historic  preservation
    42  and the department of environmental conservation.
    43    §  4.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
    44  deemed repealed December 31, 2022.
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