Relates to reimbursement for aerial spraying for mosquitoes on state land.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the public health law, in relation to reimbursement for aerial spraying for mosquitoes on state land
To provide reimbursement to counties for aerial spraying for mosquitoes on state lands.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 provides that aerial spraying for mosquitoes on state land shall be reimbursed at one hundred percent, subject to amounts appropriated.
Section 2 provides for the immediate enactment of this bill.
Under current law, counties may be reimbursed for 50% of the emergency measures taken during public health emergencies, if it is determined that there is an imminent threat to public health.
Under this bill counties may be reimbursed for 100% of the cost of aerial spraying for mosquitoes that is undertaken on state land, within amounts appropriated. The 2012 state budget appropriated $100,000 for such spraying.
Aerial spraying is done to combat mosquito bourne diseases such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) which is a viral disease of wild birds that is transmitted to horses by mosquitoes. The virus is found in wetland habitats along the Eastern seaboard of the United States. The virus rapidly attacks the central nervous system and is almost always fatal in horses.
While human cases of EEE are very rare, they are also extremely serious with a recovery rate of less than 50%. Even in those individuals who do recover, they are frequently left with brain damage. Children are more susceptible to EEE than are adults.
Tragically, one such child was Maggie Sue Wilcox, a four-year-old from Central, New York, succumbed to EEE in the summer of 2011.
In an effort to prevent further such tragedies, this bill seeks to assist counties in combating the public health threat of EEE by providing them with 100% reimbursement when they conduct aerial spraying for mosquitoes on state land.
$100,000 was appropriated in the 2012 budget to accomplish this bill. This bill language is needed in order to distribute the funds to affected the counties as appropriated.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
There would be a savings to localities since counties who conduct aerial spraying on state land would be reimbursed at 100%.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7340 IN SENATE May 2, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. RITCHIE -- 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 reimbursement for aerial spraying for mosquitoes on state land THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 621 of the public health law, as amended by section 5 of part A of chapter 58 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows: S 621. State aid; public health emergencies. If the state commissioner or a county health department or part-county department of health or municipality, with the approval of the state commissioner, determines that there is an imminent threat to public health, the department shall reimburse counties or municipalities at fifty per centum for the cost of emergency measures as approved by the department and subject to the approval of the director of the budget, EXCEPT THAT AERIAL SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOES ON STATE LAND SHALL BE REIMBURSED AT ONE HUNDRED PER CENTUM, WITHIN AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED. Such funds shall be made available from funds appropriated for public health emergencies, only to those counties or municipalities, which have expended all other state aid which may be available for related activities and have developed measures to adequately address the emergency. Reimbursement is conditioned upon availability of appropriated funds. For purposes of this section, "muni- cipality" means a health department of a city that is not located in a county or part-county health district or a county in which the legisla- ture has the powers and duties of a board of health of a county or part- county health district and cities with a population of over one million persons. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15544-01-2