Bill S5983-2013

Relates to the powers and duties of the tick-borne disease institute; appropriation

Authorizes the tick-borne disease institute to administer grants for tick-borne illness research, detection, education and outreach programs approved by the department of health and appropriates one million dollars for such grants.



  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • Nov 13, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE



TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to the powers and duties of the tick-borne disease institute; and making an appropriation therefor

PURPOSE: To increase public awareness and community outreach for prevention of tick bites and treatment of tick borne illness symptoms. To provide funding for research and efforts to raise public awareness of tick borne illness.


Section 1 of the bill amends Section 2798 of the public health law to establish grants for research, detection, education and outreach related to tick-borne illness. Section 2 provides an appropriation of one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) to the department of health for grants made by the Tick-Borne Disease Institute for research, detection, education and outreach related to tick-borne illness.

JUSTIFICATION: The spread of Lyme disease in the Hudson Valley, Long Island and other parts of New York State has been growing steadily in the past few years. In August 2013 the CDC found that there are at least ten times the number of people affected with Lyme disease than was previously reported.

If not diagnosed and treated early, Lyme disease can lead to chronic illness and can affect every system in the body, including the central nervous system and the cardiac system. Later symptoms of Lyme disease include arthritis, neurological problems (such as facial paralysis, memory problems, extreme weaknesses of the extremities and seizures), heart block and inflammation and even blindness.

Although we first identified Lyme disease in the 1970s, many questions still remain to be examined. Currently, there is no definitive testing or treatment for chronic Lyme disease. Despite the debilitating nature of this disease and the many unanswered questions surrounding Lyme disease we have not invested enough money into research. Indeed, the funding for the Tick-Borne Disease Institute has been significantly underfunded and is experiencing significant cuts from $150,000 in 2008 to under $70,000 in 2013. This bill will begin our path toward proper research funding.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This bill would provide the department of health's tick borne disease institute with one million dollars from the general fund for research, detection, education and outreach on tick borne illness.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately


STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5983 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE November 13, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. GIPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to the powers and duties of the tick-borne disease institute; and making an appropri- ation therefor THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "research aid for tick-borne diseases act" or "RAID tick act". S 2. Section 2798 of the public health law, as added by chapter 550 of the laws of 1988, the opening paragraph as amended by section 35 of part A of chapter 58 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: S 2798. Powers and duties. The tick-borne disease institute estab- lished by section twenty-seven hundred ninety-seven of this article shall have the following powers and duties: 1. to develop and promote investigations into the cause, prevention, detection, spread, methods of treatment, and cure of tick-borne diseases; [and] 2. to develop and promote an outreach campaign directed toward target- ed high-risk populations to provide coordinated information regarding the cause, prevention, detection, and treatment of tick-borne disease[.]; AND 3. TO ADMINISTER GRANTS FOR TICK-BORNE ILLNESS RESEARCH, DETECTION, EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PROGRAMS APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT. S 3. The sum of one million dollars ($1,000,000.00), or so much there- of as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the department of health out of any moneys in the state treasury in the general fund to the credit of the state purposes account, not otherwise appropriated, and made immediately available, for grants made by the tick-borne disease institute pursuant to this act. Such moneys shall be payable on the audit and warrant of the comptroller on vouchers certified or approved by the commissioner of health in the manner prescribed by law. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.


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