Bill S2344-2011

Creates a temporary state commission concerning the incidence of asthma in the Bronx

Creates a temporary state commission to study and make recommendations concerning the incidence of asthma in the borough of the Bronx in New York city.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 19, 2011: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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BILL NUMBER:S2344

TITLE OF BILL: An act to create a temporary state commission to study and make recommendations concerning the incidence of asthma in the borough of the Bronx in New York city

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To create a state commission to study the incidence of asthma in Bronx County, the county with the highest incidence of asthma in the state of New York.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 creates a temporary state commission to study the incidence of asthma in Bronx county. Section 2 requires the commission to consist of 11 members: 5 appointed by the Governor with two from the Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation; 2 members appointed by the temporary president of the senate and one by the minority leader; and, two appointed by the speaker of the assembly and one by the minority leader. All members of the commission must be residents of the city of New York, expect for the two appointees from DOH and DEC.

Section 3 states there is no compensation for membership on the commission, but members are allowed actual and necessary expenses for performance of their official duties. Section 4 states the commission can meet wherever the committee deems necessary and shall hold public hearings quarterly with all the powers of a legislative commission pursuant to the legislative law. Section 5 states the commission shall make a report of its findings to the governor and legislature.

JUSTIFICATION: Legislators and policy makers need the input and recommendations of the commission to immediately address the high incidence of asthma throughout the Bronx. The creation of the commission is a step towards addressing this dire situation as well as making recommendations to eradicate the high incidence of asthma.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill. 2009/2010: Senate Referred to Finance & Assembly Referred to Health.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2344 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 19, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. SERRANO, DIAZ, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KRUEGER, SAVINO -- 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 incidence of asthma in the borough of the Bronx in New York city THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. A temporary state commission is hereby created to study and make recommendations relating to the incidence of asthma in the borough of the Bronx in New York, which has the highest incidence of asthma in the state. The commission will place particular emphasis on youth in communities with an unemployment rate exceeding one hundred twenty-five percent of the statewide level. 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. S 4. The commission may meet within and without the state, shall hold at least one public hearing each quarter, and shall have all the powers of a legislative committee pursuant to the legislative law. S 5. 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 6. This act shall take effect immediately.

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