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A08372 Summary:

BILL NOA08372
 
SAME ASSAME AS S07392
 
SPONSORMiller B
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
 
Prohibits day care centers from requiring children 5 and under to wear masks.
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A08372 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A8372
 
SPONSOR: Miller B
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to prohibit day care centers from requiring children ages five or under to wear face coverings or face masks   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To rescind emergency regulations issued by the Executive Branch that require children aged two to five to wear face masks   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Makes it impermissible to require a face covering for a child under five years old.Section 2. Effective Date   JUSTIFICATION: Earlier in the pandemic, former Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order requiring children aged two to five to wear a facemask in a daycare setting. That same week, I offered a hostile amendment on the floor to repeal that directive. Within days, the governor rescinded it himself. The reason is that all involved realized that it is impractical, unen- forceable and unreasonable to expect a toddler to keep a face covering on properly during eight or more hours of pre-school. Unfortunately, current Governor Hochul has resurrected this requirement in the form of an emergency regulation. It is as bad an idea as it was then. The World Health Organization does not recommend masks for kids five and under, nor do they recommend that children with developmental disabilities be forced to wear a mask. Serious COVID related infections among young children remain much lower than the general population. Recent data from 49 States collected by the American Academy of. Pediatrics shows that 0.1-2.0% of hospitalizations were among young children and 0.00%-0.03% of COVID related deaths. The current policy is unreasonable and not backed by data or science.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2021 New bill   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately
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A08372 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          8372
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    October 20, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  B. MILLER  --  read once and referred to the
          Committee on Children and Families
 
        AN ACT to prohibit day care centers from requiring children ages five or
          under to wear face coverings or face masks
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  Notwithstanding any other provision law, rule, regulation
     2  or other directive to the contrary,  no  state  licensed  or  registered
     3  child  care  centers,  home-based  group  family  and  family child care
     4  programs, or after-school child care programs shall require, as a condi-
     5  tion of receiving any service or entering any place, any  child  who  is
     6  five  years  of age or younger to wear a face covering or face mask when
     7  such purpose for wearing the covering or mask is related to the COVID-19
     8  virus.
     9    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD13235-01-1
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