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Bill S1689-2013

Relates to health requirements for wrestling

Relates to MRSA and other infectious skin disease protection and education; establishes the interscholastic wrestling health training and education program.

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Actions

  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • Jan 8, 2014: returned to senate
  • Jan 8, 2014: died in assembly
  • Jun 12, 2013: referred to education
  • Jun 12, 2013: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 12, 2013: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 11, 2013: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1224
  • Jun 11, 2013: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • May 30, 2013: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Education - May 30, 2013
Ayes (18): Flanagan, Farley, Lanza, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Seward, Valesky, Latimer, Addabbo, Avella, Breslin, Montgomery, Stavisky, Tkaczyk

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BILL NUMBER:S1689

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law and the public health law, in relation to Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus protection and education

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation seeks to mitigate the spread of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), and other infectious skin diseases, in middle school and high school interscholastic wrestling. This legislation requires that wrestling coaches and student athletes participate in an online training course provided by the State Education Department that informs them of the risks, dangers and precautionary measures that can be taken to prevent the spread of MRSA and other infectious skin diseases. The State Education Department shall maintain a registry of names of those persons who have completed the training program. The department of health shall also promulgate rules and regulations with regard to interscholastic wrestling and when it is safe and proper for a student who has been diagnosed with an infectious skin disease to resume participation.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section One adds a new section 921 to the education law which establishes that it is the intent of the legislature to protect against the spread of, and educate student athletes regarding the risks related to, MRSA and other infectious skin diseases. This section also establishes an informational web page where the public can obtain information about MRSA and other infectious skin diseases. It directs the state education department and the department of health, in consultation with the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, to develop an online training and education program on infectious skin diseases and requires wrestling coaches and student athletes participating in interscholastic wrestling to view the training program on an annual basis. The training must be completed within the first two weeks of practice. Any student athlete found to be out of compliance with this requirement will be barred from participation until such time that the student athlete complies. The department shall maintain a registry of names of persons who have completed the training program.

Section Two adds a new section 2111-a to the public health law which requires the department of health to work in consultation with the State Education Department to achieve the above objectives and also requires similar information on MRSA and infectious skin diseases to be maintained on the Department of Health's website. Further, the department of health would be empowered to promulgate rules and regulations with respect to student wrestlers who have contracted infectious skin diseases and when it is safe and proper for these students to resume participation in interscholastic wrestling.

Section Three authorizes the State Education Department and the Department of Health to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to implement the above provisions and contains the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacteria that is responsible for many serious infections. Because MRSA

is resistant to antibiotics, the infections are very difficult to treat and pose severe health risks to those who contract them.

Education and information are important components in ensuring that both athletes and personnel involved in wrestling are armed with the knowledge necessary to undertake measures to protect themselves and their pupils, from contracting a skin infection.

Wrestling coaches and students participating in interscholastic wrestling are required to complete a short online training course of instruction annually. The course shall be similar to the course offered by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, which aims to educate them on certain topics relating to skin infections and how to prevent transmission of such. The Department would be required to maintain a registry containing the names of students and coaches who have certified completion of the program.

Padding used in school athletics is an ideal breeding ground for the harmful bacteria that can lead to infectious and potentially life threatening diseases. These surfaces can easily become contaminated with infection-causing bacteria, which exposes participants of full contact sports to the danger of contracting harmful infections such as MRSA. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association currently follows disinfecting procedures for wrestling mats and equipment that were promulgated by the National Federation of High School Associations. Fortunately, educating students and supervisors about proper cleaning procedures for these disease breeding grounds is a low cost measure that can curb the spread of MRSA and other skin infections.

Showering prior to, and after, engaging in wrestling activities is another measure that athletes can take to help prevent infection. Available showers are especially important in tournament situations, where the athletes are in the same place for long lengths of time after they compete, as opposed to matches where the athletes return home within a couple of hours. By educating students and coaches about the need for good hygiene habits, the spread of MRSA and other infectious skin diseases can be further diminished.

Finally, the Department of Health would be empowered to promulgate rules and regulations with respect to interscholastic wrestlers who have contracted an infectious skin disease and when it is safe and proper for these students to resume participation in practices and matches.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012 - Passed Senate

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on October. 1, 2013; provided, however, that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1689 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. ZELDIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law and the public health law, in relation to Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus protection and educa- tion THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 921 to read as follows: S 921. MRSA AND OTHER INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASE PROTECTION AND EDUCA- TION. 1. LEGISLATIVE INTENT. THE LEGISLATURE FINDS AND DETERMINES THAT METHICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS (MRSA) IS A VERY SERIOUS HEALTH CONCERN FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK. MRSA IS A BACTE- RIA THAT CAN LEAD TO THE OUTBREAK OF SERIOUS INFECTIONS. DUE TO ITS COMMON RESISTANCE TO MANY MODERN ANTIBIOTICS, IT IS VERY OFTEN DIFFICULT TO TREAT, AND CAN RESULT IN EXTENDED HOSPITALIZATION, SERIOUS ILLNESS, AND EVEN DEATH. THE LEGISLATURE FURTHER FINDS AND DETERMINES THAT AS A SERIOUS HEALTH RISK, IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE STATE OF NEW YORK TO PROMOTE EDUCATION AND AWARENESS ON HOW TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF SUCH INFECTIOUS DISEASES AS MRSA, DEVELOP PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES TO HELP AVOID TRANSMISSION OF MRSA, AND THEREBY PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK. SUCH EDUCATION, PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES ARE ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT WHERE THE RISKS OF TRANSMISSION ARE SIGNIFICANT, INCLUDING IN OUR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS, WHERE SUCH EDUCATION, PROTOCOLS AND METHODS CAN BE DEPLOYED TO LESSEN THE CHANCE AND RISK OF INFECTION. THE LEGISLATURE ADDITIONALLY FINDS AND DETERMINES THAT ONE AREA IN WHICH SUCH EDUCATION, PROTOCOLS AND METHODS COULD BE ESPECIALLY USEFUL IS WITH RESPECT TO SCHOOL ATHLETIC FACILITIES AND EVENTS. THE PADDING USED IN SCHOOL ATHLETIC FACILITIES AND EVENTS, ALTHOUGH VERY IMPORTANT
FOR THE SAFETY OF SCHOOL ATHLETES, HAS PROVEN TO BE A MEDIUM WHICH CAN PERMIT THE BREEDING OF HARMFUL BACTERIA, INCLUDING MRSA, THAT CAN LEAD TO INFECTIOUS AND POTENTIALLY LIFE-THREATENING DISEASES. WITHOUT PROPER EDUCATION, PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES, THESE IMPORTANT SAFETY SURFACES CAN BECOME CONTAMINATED, EXPOSING PARTICIPANTS TO THE DANGER OF CONTRACTING INFECTIONS AND THE RESULTING ILLNESSES. IN WRESTLING, IN PARTICULAR, THE SKIN TO SKIN CONTACT BETWEEN COMPETITORS, AND THE ROUTINE EXPOSURE TO THESE PADDING SURFACES, MAKE THE NEED FOR SUCH EDUCATION, PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT. THE LEGISLATURE ALSO FINDS AND DETERMINES THAT EDUCATING STUDENTS AND THEIR SUPERVISORS, AND PROMOTING THE PUBLICATION OF PROTOCOLS AND PROCE- DURES, WITH RESPECT TO MRSA, INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASES, AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM, CAN SIGNIFICANTLY CURB THEIR SPREAD. BY INFORMING STUDENTS AND COACHES OF THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD HYGIENE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE SPREAD OF MRSA CAN BE DRASTICALLY DIMINISHED. SHOWERING IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRACTICES AND MATCHES HAVE PROVEN TO DECREASE INCI- DENCES OF INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASES. THAT BY DIRECTING THE NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, TO WORK TOGETHER TO DEVELOP IMPORTANT EDUCATION, PROTOCOLS AND PROCE- DURES NECESSARY TO ADDRESS THIS VERY SERIOUS HEALTH CONCERN, AND BY ENABLING SUCH DEPARTMENTS TO ASSIST SCHOOLS, THEIR ATHLETIC FACILITIES AND OTHER PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS, TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF MRSA AND INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASES, THIS LEGISLATION SEEKS TO PROMOTE THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY OF STUDENTS, ATHLETES, AND THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK. 2. THE METHICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS (MRSA) AND INFEC- TIOUS SKIN DISEASE INFORMATIONAL PROGRAM. THE DEPARTMENT, IN CONSULTA- TION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, SHALL DEVELOP A MRSA AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE EDUCATION PROGRAM. THE MRSA AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE EDUCATION PROGRAM SHALL CONSIST OF A PROGRAM TO DISSEMINATE INFORMATION, THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBPAGE, THAT DESCRIBES THE CONDITIONS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO MRSA AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE. SUCH INFORMATION SO DISSEMINATED SHALL ALSO PRESCRIBE CLEANING METHODS, PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES THAT CAN ERADICATE THE CONTAMINATION OF MRSA AND OTHER INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASES. 3. INTERSCHOLASTIC WRESTLING HEALTH TRAINING AND EDUCATION PROGRAM. THE DEPARTMENT, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE NEW YORK PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, SHALL DEVELOP AN INTERSCHOLASTIC WRESTLING HEALTH TRAINING AND EDUCATION PROGRAM, WHICH SHALL CONSIST OF AN ONLINE HEALTH TRAINING AND EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR INTERSCHOLASTIC WRESTLING COACHES AND STUDENT ATHLETES PARTICIPATING IN INTERSCHOLASTIC WRESTLING ON THE SUBJECT OF CONDITIONS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO MRSA AND INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASE, AS WELL AS CLEANING METHODS, PROTO- COLS AND PROCEDURES THAT CAN ERADICATE THE CONTAMINATION OF MRSA AND/OR OTHER INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASES. COMPLETION OF SUCH INTERSCHOLASTIC WRES- TLING HEALTH TRAINING AND EDUCATION PROGRAM SHALL BE MANDATORY FOR ALL INTERSCHOLASTIC WRESTLING COACHES AND STUDENT ATHLETES PARTICIPATING IN INTERSCHOLASTIC WRESTLING ON AN ANNUAL BASIS. THE TRAINING MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF THE COMMENCEMENT OF PRACTICES OR PRIOR TO PARTICIPATION IN ANY INTERSCHOLASTIC WRESTLING SCRIMMAGE, MATCH, OR TOURNAMENT, WHICHEVER IS SOONER. ANY STUDENT NOT IN COMPLIANCE SHALL BE BARRED FROM PARTICIPATION UNTIL SUCH TIME THE STUDENT COMES WITHIN COMPLIANCE WITH THIS SECTION. THE INTERSCHOLASTIC WRESTLING HEALTH TRAINING AND EDUCATION PROGRAM SHALL BE PLATFORMED UPON A WEBSITE SPON- SORED BY THE DEPARTMENT. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL MAINTAIN AN ON-LINE REGISTRY CONTAINING THE NAMES OF ALL STUDENTS AND COACHES WHO HAVE CERTIFIED COMPLETION OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM.
4. REGULATIONS. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO PROMUL- GATE RULES AND REGULATIONS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF METHICILLIN-RESIS- TANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS (MRSA). 5. DEFINITIONS. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION MRSA SHALL MEAN METHICIL- LIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS. S 2. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 2111-a to read as follows: S 2111-A. MRSA AND INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASE PROTOCOL AND EDUCATION. 1. THE METHICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS (MRSA) AND INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASE INFORMATIONAL PROGRAM. THE DEPARTMENT, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, SHALL DEVELOP A MRSA AND INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASE EDUCATION PROGRAM. THE MRSA AND INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASE EDUCA- TION PROGRAM SHALL CONSIST OF A PROGRAM TO DISSEMINATE INFORMATION, THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBPAGE, THAT DESCRIBES THE CONDITIONS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO MRSA AND INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASE. SUCH INFORMATION SO DISSEMINATED SHALL ALSO PRESCRIBE CLEANING METHODS, PROTOCOLS AND PROCE- DURES THAT CAN ERADICATE THE CONTAMINATIONS OF MRSA AND OTHER INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASES. THE PAGE MAINTAINED BY THE DEPARTMENT, UPON WHICH THE MRSA AND INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASE EDUCATION PROGRAM SHALL BE PLATFORMED, SHALL ALSO CONTAIN A DOWNLOADABLE FACT SHEET ON MRSA, ITS ORIGINS, TREATMENT AND PREVENTION. 2. INTERSCHOLASTIC WRESTLING HEALTH TRAINING AND EDUCATION PROGRAM. THE DEPARTMENT, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE NEW YORK PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, SHALL ASSIST IN DEVELOPING AN INTERSCHOLASTIC WRESTLING HEALTH TRAINING AND EDUCATION PROGRAM, WHICH SHALL CONSIST OF AN ONLINE HEALTH TRAINING AND EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR INTERSCHOLASTIC WRESTLING COACHES AND STUDENT ATHLETES PARTICIPATING IN INTERSCHOLASTIC WRESTLING ON THE SUBJECT OF CONDITIONS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO MRSA AND INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASE, AS WELL AS CLEANING METHODS, PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES THAT CAN ERADICATE THE CONTAMINATION OF MRSA AND/OR OTHER INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASES WHICH SHALL BE HOSTED ON THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WEBPAGE. COMPLETION OF SUCH INTERSCHO- LASTIC WRESTLING HEALTH TRAINING AND EDUCATION PROGRAM SHALL BE MANDATO- RY FOR ALL INTERSCHOLASTIC WRESTLING COACHES AND STUDENT ATHLETES PARTICIPATING IN INTERSCHOLASTIC WRESTLING. 3. POWERS OF THE DEPARTMENT. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS REGARDING THE CEASING OF PARTICIPATION IN, AND RESUMPTION OF PARTIC- IPATION IN, INTERSCHOLASTIC WRESTLING PRACTICES AND COMPETITIONS, WHEN A STUDENT HAS CONTRACTED AN INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASE. SUCH RULES AND REGU- LATIONS SHALL SPECIFY WHEN A STUDENT ATHLETE SHALL DISCONTINUE PARTIC- IPATION, AS WELL AS DEFINE THE PROTOCOLS, REQUIREMENTS AND TIMING FOR THE RESUMPTION OF PARTICIPATION IN SUCH ATHLETIC CONTESTS. 4. REGULATIONS. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO PROMUL- GATE RULES AND REGULATIONS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF METHICILLIN-RESIS- TANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS (MRSA). 5. DEFINITIONS. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION MRSA SHALL MEAN METHICIL- LIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS. S 3. This act shall take effect October 1, 2013; provided however that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effec- tive date is authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.

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