Creates a temporary state pesticide commission to study the effects of the application of pesticides in cities with a population of one million or more.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to create a temporary state commission to study and make recommendations concerning the application of pesticides in cities with a population of one million or more
PURPOSE: To protect the residents of New York State from the possible health hazard posed by the repeated spreading of pesticides.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Directs the creation of a temporary state commission to study the application of pesticides in cities with a population of one million or more. The commission will consist of eleven members to be appointed as follows: five by the Governor, two by the Temporary President of the Senate, one by the Senate Minority Leader, two by the Assembly Speaker and one by the Assembly Minority leader. Of the five members appointed by the Governor, one shall be from the Department of Health and one from the Department of Environmental Conservation.
The members of the commission will not be compensated for their services. The commission shall make a report of its findings and make recommendations to the Governor, the Temporary President of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly.
JUSTIFICATION: In 1999, the New York City Department of Health and Center for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that there was an outbreak of a mosquito borne viral disease known as the West Nile Virus. By September of that year there were 59 confirmed cases throughout the area of New York City, Nassau County and Westchester County, including 7 deaths. To combat the spread of this virus, the New York City Mayor's Office of Emergency Management coordinated efforts to eradicate adult mosquitos through citywide aerial and ground application of Malathion and the pyrethroid-based insecticides resmethrin and sumethrin. Although immediate action was required to prevent the spread of this virus, the health hazards posed to residents of infected areas was not studied.
In 2001, many of the truck drivers who sprayed the pesticides reported being sickened by the pesticides and many New York City residents reported respiratory problems due to the pesticide spraying. The outbreak of the West Nile Virus in the New York City metropolitan area represented the first time this virus had been detected in the Western Hemisphere. To allow the State of New York and its localities to be prepared for possible future outbreak of the West Nile Virus or a similar virus we must understand the health effects posed by the spread of pesticide on the residents of the State. The creation of a temporary state commission to study and make recommendation
concerning the application of pesticides will assist the state in properly combating the virus without further harming the health of our constituents.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-10: S.1090 - Referred to Finance 2007-08: S.2919 - Referred to Finance 2005-06: S.1384 - Referred to Finance 2003-04: S.2240 - Referred to Finance
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1390 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 7, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. PERKINS, DIAZ, DUANE, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to create a temporary state commission to study and make recom- mendations concerning the application of pesticides in cities with a population of one million or more THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. A temporary state commission, to be known as the "temporary state pesticide commission", is hereby created to study and make recom- mendations relating to the application of pesticides in cities with a population of one million or more. S 2. The commission shall consist of eleven members to be appointed as follows: five shall be appointed by the governor; two shall be appointed by the temporary president of the senate and one by the minority leader of the senate; and two shall be appointed by the speaker of the assembly and one by the minority leader of the assembly. The members of the commission shall serve at the pleasure of the official making the appointment of such member. Of the five members appointed by the gover- nor, one shall be from the department of health and one shall be from the department of environmental conservation. The remaining nine members of the commission must reside in a city with a population of one million or more. Vacancies in the membership of the commission shall be filled in the manner provided for original appointments. Membership on the commission shall not constitute a public office. A chairperson and vice- chairperson of the commission shall be elected by a majority of its members, all members being present. S 3. The members of the commission shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties pursuant to this act.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04975-01-1 S. 1390 2
S 4. The commission shall make a report of its findings and make any recommendations it may deem necessary and appropriate to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly no later than one year after the effective date of this act. S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.