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Bill S62-2013

Provides for a gun violence prevention program in the public schools

Provides for a gun violence prevention program in the public schools; provides that the program is to be developed by the department of education in conjunction with other state agencies and educational organizations and is to be made available to schools for use in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade; provides for a report to the governor and the legislature on the program; enacts the "gun violence prevention act".

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S62

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to creating a gun violence prevention program

PURPOSE: Provides for a gun violence prevention program which may be utilized in the public schools. The program will be developed by the State Education Department, drawing upon the expertise of the Department of Health, the Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill adds a new section 3204-a to the education law directing the State Education Department to develop and make available to school-aged youth and their families a gun violence prevention program. It also requires the Department to report to the Governor and the Legislature one year after the effective date of the law, assessing the results of the gun violence prevention program hereby established. The bill provides that the report will include findings as to the program's impact on reducing gunshot injuries among children and adolescents, will offer recommendations as to whether the gun violence prevention program should be expanded, modified, or eliminated and whether other gun violence prevention programs should be authorized.

JUSTIFICATION: Gunshot injuries are a major cause of death for children and adolescents in the United States, accounting for 12% of all premature deaths. Further, for every young person who dies as the result of a gunshot injury, five others are seriously injured by a gunshot. Concentrated efforts in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse prevention have demonstrated that preventative education can reduce risks for youth. But while there are many drug prevention programs, there are few gun violence prevention programs in existence. The intent of the legislature in enacting the "gun violence prevention act" is to implement a gun violence prevention program for school-aged youth and their families. It is a primary prevention program designed to help young people develop victim prevention skills and to rehearse behaviors needed to manage problems, such as conflict and peer pressure, non-violently, without guns. The program does not oppose gun ownership or the well-supervised use of guns for hunting or sport. Thus, this is not a "pro-gun" or "anti-gun" measure. It is simply designed to use the resources of the State Education Department to protect children from an untimely death due to a gunshot.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.669-A 2010: S.4082/A.506 - Referred to Education 2008: S.1930/A.8408 - Referred to Education 2007: S.1930/A.8408 - Referred to Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Small cost to the state for developing and disseminating materials.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 62 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. PERALTA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to creating a gun violence prevention program 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 "gun violence prevention act". S 2. Legislative intent. Gunshot injuries are a major cause of death for children and adolescents in the United States, accounting for twelve percent of all premature deaths. Further, for every young person who dies as the result of a gunshot injury, five others are seriously injured by a gunshot. Concentrated efforts in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse prevention have demonstrated that preventive education can reduce risks for youth. But although there are many drug prevention programs, there are few gun violence prevention programs in existence. The intent of the legislature in enacting the "gun violence prevention act" is to implement a gun violence prevention program for school-aged youth and their families to help young people to develop victim prevention skills and to rehearse behaviors needed to manage problems, such as conflict and peer pressure, non-violently, without guns. The program would not oppose gun ownership or the well-supervised use of guns for hunting or sport. S 3. The education law is amended by adding a new section 3204-a to read as follows: S 3204-A. GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAM. 1. THE DEPARTMENT, IN CONSULTATION WITH SCHOOL DISTRICTS, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, THE DIVI- SION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION AND ANY OTHER EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, IS AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO DEVELOP AND MAKE AVAILABLE TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS A GUN
VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAM. THE PROGRAM SHALL INCLUDE: PRACTICAL SKILLS WHICH STUDENTS CAN USE OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM; OPPORTUNITIES FOR SELF-REFLECTION AND ROLE-PLAY OF STUDENTS' COPING MECHANISMS AND EMOTIONS; STUDENT-SET GOALS FOR CHANGE; THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMPETENCY AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS TO ADDRESS ISSUES WITH PEERS AND THE COMMUNITY; AND PARENTAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND SUPPORT IN THE PROGRAM. 2. EVERY SCHOOL MAY INSTRUCT STUDENTS IN PRE-KINDERGARTEN THROUGH TWELFTH GRADE WITH RESPECT TO GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION USING MATERIALS PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR SUCH PURPOSE. EACH SCHOOL ELECTING TO PROVIDE SUCH INSTRUCTION MAY REQUEST INFORMATION AND RESOURCES THEREFOR FROM THE DEPARTMENT PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE. 3. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PROVIDE A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE ON OR BEFORE JULY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN, ASSESSING THE RESULTS OF THE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAM ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. THE REPORT SHALL INCLUDE FINDINGS AS TO THE PROGRAM'S IMPACT ON REDUCING GUNSHOT INJURIES AMONG CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS AND SHALL OFFER RECOMMENDATIONS AS TO WHETHER THE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAM SHOULD BE EXPANDED, MODIFIED OR ELIMINATED, AND WHETHER OR NOT OTHER GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAMS SHOULD BE AUTHORIZED. S 4. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.

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