Requires the county health commissioner to notify certain individuals in the event of an emergency creating an imminent risk to public health and safety.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to notifying local officials of the occurrence of certain emergency situations
PURPOSE: To require county health commissioners to notify appropriate local officials in the event of a health emergency. This bill is designed to facilitate the timely notice to county and local Officials so that they can put in place the appropriate emergency response as soon as possible.
SUMMARY: This law would amend Section 352 of the public health law by adding a new subdivision 7, which requires that upon the occurrence of an emergency where an imminent imperilment to the public health and safety exists, the county health commissioner shall immediately notify, in addition to those individuals he or she would have otherwise notified, the chief executive officer of each municipality affected by the emergency, each member of the county's legislative body who represents the area affected by the emergency, and each member of the municipal legislative body who represents the area affected by the emergency.
JUSTIFICATION: There are gaps in the notification procedures. When there is a threat to public health all appropriate officials need to be alerted so they can put in place the appropriate emergency response as soon as possible. The sooner the public is aware of the problem, the sooner they can take steps to protect themselves.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.7358-A of 2012 referred to health
FISCAL IMPACT: None
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2754 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 23, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. MARCHIONE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to notifying local officials of the occurrence of certain emergency situations THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 352 of the public health law is amended by adding a new subdivision 7 to read as follows: 7. UPON THE OCCURRENCE OF AN EMERGENCY WHERE AN IMMINENT IMPERILMENT TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY EXISTS, IN ADDITION TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS HE OR SHE WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE NOTIFIED, THE COUNTY HEALTH COMMISSIONER SHALL IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS OF THE EXISTENCE OF SUCH EMERGENCY: (A) THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF EACH MUNICIPALITY AFFECTED BY THE EMERGENCY; AND (B) EACH MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF THE COUNTY IN WHICH THE EMERGENCY EXISTS WHO REPRESENTS THE AREA AFFECTED BY THE EMERGENCY. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03588-01-3