Relates to essential vehicles and personnel in response to emergencies.
Ayes (63): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to essential vehicles and personnel in response to emergencies
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would amend the executive law to allow home health aides and hospice caregivers the designation as "essential personnel" in cases of declared emergencies.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 - gives home health aids and agencies licensed under article 36 of the public health law (home care) the designation as essential personnel in cases of declared emergencies.
Section 2 - effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: By enacting this legislation, New York State would ensure that home health and hospice personnel are included in the "essential personnel" designation in cases of declared emergencies. Access to patients in restricted zones was a major problem for home care and hospice staff in responding to Hurricane Sandy as well as other emergency situations.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4719 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 19, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi- ty and Military Affairs AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to essential vehicles and personnel in response to emergencies THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph a of subdivision 1 of section 24 of the executive law, as added by chapter 640 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows: a. the establishment of a curfew and the prohibition and control of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, except essential emergency vehicles and personnel, WHICH SHALL INCLUDE PERSONNEL DEPLOYED BY HOME HEALTH AGENCIES LICENSED OR CERTIFIED UNDER ARTICLE THIRTY-SIX OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW, OR BY HOSPICES CERTIFIED UNDER ARTICLE FORTY OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW, AND THEIR VEHICLES, REQUIRING ACCESS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE CARE AND TREATMENT TO INDIVIDUALS IN THEIR HOMES OR SHELTERS DURING SUCH EMERGENCIES; S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10093-02-3