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A06839 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A6839
 
SPONSOR: Salka
  TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to requiring the department of health to prepare a report on the number of surplus ventilators within the state at the conclusion of the COVID-19 state of emergency   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 provides that the Department of Health, upon conclusion of the COVID-19 health crisis, must provide a report on the amount of surplus ventilators and personal protection equipment in storage or reserve and must specifically report on the siting of this equipment. Section 1 provides that this report shall be divided into the ten regional groups defined by the economic development law. Section 2 requires the Department of Health to submit its report to the Governor and legislative leaders no later than thirty days following the conclusion of the COVID-19 state of emergency. Section 3 provides for the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: During the 2020 COVID-19 state of emergency, a dire need for ventilators and personal protection equipment arose across the nation and across New York State. This crisis raised questions as to the overall readiness of New York State to handle and respond to potential pandemics, specif- ically with regard to the number of equipment held in reserve. This bill will require the Department of Health to conduct an examina- tion of available ventilators and personal protection equipment in stor- age or reserve throughout the State of New York and requires the Depart- ment to list where the equipment is being held, sorted by region. This report will commence following the end of the COVID-19 state of emergen- cy and will be due no more than 30 days following the end of the emer- gency. By creating this study, the State can make sure that we know where and how many pieces of equipment are available, ensuring that the State can respond to potential crises of any kind.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S2301 OF 2021-22 S8237 OF 2019-2020   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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