Bill S5513-2013

Relates to the creation of a prom and graduation safety program

Relates to the creation of a prom and graduation safety program; develops educational materials.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  • May 16, 2013: REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

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BILL NUMBER:S5513

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to the creation of a prom and graduation safety program

PURPOSE:

To create educational materials for students, educators, parents and guardians with information and Lips on how to keep adolescents safe and healthy during prom and graduation season.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one amends the mental hygiene law by adding a new section, 19.26, which would establish a prom and graduation safety program within the office, which shall focus upon ensuring the safety of adolescents attending their prom and celebrating high school graduation.

Section two states the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Every year, thousands of high schools students attend prom, graduation ceremonies, and parties with their classmates. Unfortunately, some such celebrations have had tragic endings due to unsafe practices. These tragic events could be avoided by raising awareness and educating students on safe practices for prom and graduation season. According to the Century Council, in 2012 42% of 12th graders have admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages. The CDC has reported that motor vehicle crashes axe the leading cause of death for teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19, with 1 in 5 of those teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had alcohol in their system. Students are particularly vulnerable to several risks of underage drinking, including but not limited to alcohol poisoning and driving while intoxicated, while celebrating the end of high school. This legislation is designed to develop programs emphasizing how to stay safe and healthy while attending graduation and prom.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Minimal to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5513 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 16, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. BOYLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop- mental Disabilities AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to the creation of a prom and graduation safety program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new section 19.26 to read as follows: S 19.26 PROM AND GRADUATION SAFETY PROGRAM. (A) THE OFFICE SHALL ESTABLISH A PROM AND GRADUATION SAFETY PROGRAM WITHIN THE OFFICE, WHICH SHALL FOCUS UPON ENSURING THE SAFETY OF ADOLES- CENTS ATTENDING THEIR PROM AND CELEBRATING HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION. (B) THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, AND THE DIVISION OF STATE POLICE, SHALL DEVELOP EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS FOR STUDENTS, EDUCATORS, AND PARENTS AND GUARDIANS WITH INFORMATION AND TIPS ON HOW TO KEEP ADOLESCENTS SAFE AND HEALTHY. SUCH EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS, INCLUDING PRINTABLE BROCHURES, SHALL BE AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITES OF THE OFFICE AND THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND SHALL BE UPDATED ANNUALLY. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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