Bill S4255-2011

Excludes fundraising from consideration in appropriating state aid and reimbursement for services to volunteer ambulance companies

Excludes fund raising from consideration in appropriating state aid and reimbursement for services to volunteer ambulance companies, including regional emergency medical councils.

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Actions

  • Oct 3, 2012: VETOED MEMO.164
  • Sep 21, 2012: DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • Jun 14, 2012: returned to senate
  • Jun 14, 2012: passed assembly
  • Jun 14, 2012: ordered to third reading rules cal.150
  • Jun 14, 2012: substituted for a5242
  • May 30, 2012: referred to health
  • May 30, 2012: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • May 30, 2012: PASSED SENATE
  • May 7, 2012: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • May 2, 2012: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • May 1, 2012: 1ST REPORT CAL.671
  • Mar 27, 2012: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • Jan 4, 2012: returned to senate
  • Jan 4, 2012: died in assembly
  • Jun 15, 2011: referred to health
  • Jun 15, 2011: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 15, 2011: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 14, 2011: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 13, 2011: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jun 7, 2011: 1ST REPORT CAL.1104
  • May 17, 2011: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Mar 25, 2011: REFERRED TO HEALTH

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Health - May 17, 2011
Ayes (12): Hannon, Ball, Farley, Fuschillo, Golden, Larkin, McDonald, Seward, Young, Adams, Gianaris, Stewart-Cousins
Ayes W/R (4): Duane, Kruger, Rivera, Smith
Excused (1): Montgomery
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Health - Mar 27, 2012
Ayes (14): Hannon, Ball, Farley, Fuschillo, Golden, Larkin, McDonald, Seward, Young, Gianaris, Montgomery, Smith, Stewart-Cousins, Peralta
Ayes W/R (3): Duane, Adams, Rivera

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4255

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to excluding money raised by fundraising for volunteer emergency medical services when allocating state funding

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill allows program agencies such as Public Agencies that provide Emergency Medical Services the opportunity to raise and accept funding through sources other than state agency reimbursement without jeopardizing the acquisition to state agency full funding.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. Amends the public health law, adding a new section 3005-c which prohibits fundraising activity by (EMS) Emergency Medical Service units to be considered when determining state aid or reimbursement for services.

Section 2. Establishes an immediate effective date for this act.

JUSTIFICATION: Public agencies such as Emergency Medical Services have not seen a reimbursement rate increase under current law in approximately 15 years. EMS units are also not currently able to raise funds without being penalized. If an EMS unit does fundraising and generates revenue to be used in that individual division, the amount of state funding will be deducted equal to the amount that was generated. The current policy in place discourages fundraising and community outreach; it needs to be changed to reflect the flexibility EMS units need to fund, their essential services. Providing the financial support is a component of protecting the community in times of emergencies.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New legislation.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: No cost to the state or local governments.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4255 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 25, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. BONACIC -- 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 excluding money raised by fundraising for volunteer emergency medical services when allocating state funding THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 3005-c to read as follows: S 3005-C. FUNDRAISING BY VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE COMPANIES. 1. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION A "FUNDRAISING ACTIVITY" MEANS A METHOD OF RAISING FUNDS TO EFFECTUATE THE LAWFUL PURPOSES OF A VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE COMPANY, BUT SHALL NOT INCLUDE ANY METHOD PROHIBITED BY THE STATE CONSTITUTION OR THE PENAL STATUTES OF THIS STATE, OR THE CONDUCT OF A BUSINESS OR OTHER COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISE EXCEPT ON TEMPORARY BASIS FOR A PERIOD OR PERIODS NOT TO EXCEED A TOTAL OF NINETY DAYS IN ANY CALENDAR YEAR. 2. MONIES GENERATED FROM FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES SHALL NOT BE CONSID- ERED WHEN DETERMINING STATE AID OR REIMBURSEMENT FOR SERVICES TO PARTIC- IPATING VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE COMPANIES, INCLUDING REGIONAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL COUNCILS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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