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|Establishes a veterans' gerontological advisory committee.|
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3953 2019-2020 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 21, 2019 ___________ Introduced by Sens. RANZENHOFER, FELDER -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to establishing a veterans' gerontological advisory committee The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. The elder law is amended by adding a new section 225 to 2 read as follows: 3 § 225. Veterans' gerontological advisory committee. 1. There is hereby 4 established within the office a veterans' gerontological advisory 5 committee which shall consist of no more than nineteen members to be 6 appointed pursuant to this subdivision. Members shall be appointed for a 7 term of six years and may serve until their successors are chosen. 8 Members shall serve without salary. Any member chosen to fill a vacancy 9 created otherwise than by expiration of term shall be appointed for the 10 unexpired term of the member he or she is to succeed. A chairperson and 11 vice-chairperson shall be appointed by the director, and the committee 12 shall be comprised of: 13 (a) Two members appointed by the governor, both of whom shall be 14 veterans; 15 (b) Nine members appointed by the director, including: 16 (1) at least one of whom shall be a physician in the field of primary 17 care geriatric medicine; 18 (2) at least one of whom shall be a researcher in the field of social 19 gerontology; 20 (3) at least one of whom shall be certified as a geriatric nurse prac- 21 titioner; 22 (4) at least one of whom shall be a clinical practitioner of geriatric 23 psychiatry; 24 (5) at least one of whom shall be a facility or health care system 25 veterans' home-based primary care program director as defined by the EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01643-01-9S. 3953 2 1 United States department of veterans' affairs veterans' health adminis- 2 tration directive eleven hundred forty-one; 3 (6) at least one of whom shall be a caregiver in the field of veter- 4 ans' respite care; 5 (7) at least one of whom shall be an expert in the field of eldercare 6 planning and management from the New York state veterans' home estab- 7 lished pursuant to article twenty-six-A of the public health law; 8 (8) at least one of whom shall be an expert in the field of geronto- 9 logical social work who specializes in services for aging veterans; and 10 (9) at least one of whom shall be an economist with a focus in the 11 fields of aging, household saving, pensions, social security, taxation, 12 and housing markets; 13 (c) Three members appointed by the governor upon the nomination of the 14 temporary president of the senate, each of whom shall be veterans; 15 (d) Three members appointed by the governor upon the nomination of the 16 speaker of the assembly, each of whom shall be veterans; 17 (e) One member appointed by the governor upon the nomination of the 18 minority leader of the senate who shall be a veteran; and 19 (f) One member appointed by the governor upon the nomination of the 20 minority leader of the assembly who shall be a veteran. 21 2. Sixty percent of the members of the advisory committee appointed on 22 and after the effective date of this subdivision shall be sixty years of 23 age or over. 24 3. The committee shall provide advice, comments and recommendations to 25 advise the director on policies, programs, services and trends impacting 26 the state's aging veteran population and the larger context of veterans' 27 healthcare systems, and such other matters as the director may request 28 in relation to this article. 29 4. The advisory committee shall meet at least once annually at times 30 and places set by the chairperson. 31 5. The director may ask other individuals to attend the committee's 32 meetings or work with it on an occasional or regular basis. 33 6. Membership on the committee shall not constitute the holding of an 34 office, and members of the committee shall not be required to take and 35 file oaths of office before serving on the committee. The committee 36 shall not have the right to exercise any portion of the sovereign powers 37 of the state. 38 7. No member of the committee shall be disqualified from holding any 39 public office or employment, nor shall he or she forfeit any such office 40 or employment, by reason of his or her appointment hereunder, notwith- 41 standing the provisions of any general, special or local law, ordinance 42 or city charter. 43 8. For the purposes of this section, the term "veteran" means a 44 person, male or female, resident of this state, who has served in the 45 active military or naval service of the United States during a war in 46 which the United States engaged and who has been released from such 47 service by any means other than by dishonorable discharge, or who has 48 been furloughed to the reserve. 49 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.