Bill Text: NY S02377 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Requires the veterans health care information program to provide information concerning health issues to veteran's children; requires the department of corrections and community supervision to maintain records regarding the military background of certain individuals under its jurisdiction.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-02-12 - returned to senate [S02377 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S02377-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 24, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- 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 public health law, in relation to providing  certain
          benefits  to veterans; and to amend the correction law, in relation to
          requiring certain reports relating to veterans
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1.  Subdivision 1 of section 3803 of the public health law, as
     2  amended  by  chapter  743  of  the  laws  of 2006, is amended to read as
     3  follows:
     4    1. There is hereby created within the department the  veterans  health
     5  care information program (referred to in this section as the "program"),
     6  which  shall  provide information on health issues associated with mili-
     7  tary duty, including but not limited to Agent Orange, spina bifida, Gulf
     8  War Syndromes, toxic materials  or  harmful  physical  agents  such  as,
     9  depleted  uranium,  and  hepatitis  C,  and specific mental and physical
    10  health issues including post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic  brain
    11  injury  and  other brain-related injuries, for veterans, their surviving
    12  spouses, children of veterans and health care providers.
    13    § 2. Subdivision 1 of section 29 of the correction law, as amended  by
    14  section  12 of subpart A of part C of chapter 62 of the laws of 2011, is
    15  amended to read as follows:
    16    1. The department shall continue to  collect,  maintain,  and  analyze
    17  statistical  and  other  information  and  data  with respect to persons
    18  subject to the jurisdiction of the department, including but not limited
    19  to: (a) the number of such persons: placed in the custody of the depart-
    20  ment, assigned to a  specific  department  program,  accorded  community
    21  supervision and declared delinquent, recommitted to a state correctional
    22  institution upon revocation of community supervision, or discharged upon
    23  maximum  expiration  of  sentence;  (b)  the  criminal  history  of such
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  persons; (c) the social, educational, and  vocational  circumstances  of
     2  any such persons; [and,] (d) the institutional and community supervision
     3  programs  and  the behavior of such persons; and, (e) the military back-
     4  ground  and  circumstances,  if  such person served in the United States
     5  armed forces.  Provided, however, in the event any statistical  informa-
     6  tion on the ethnic background of the inmate population of a correctional
     7  facility  or facilities is collected by the department, such statistical
     8  information shall contain, but not be limited to, the  following  ethnic
     9  categories:  (i)  Caucasian;  (ii)  Asian;  (iii)  American Indian; (iv)
    10  Afro-American/Black; and (v) Spanish  speaking/Hispanic  which  category
    11  shall  include,  but  not  be  limited  to,  the following subcategories
    12  consisting of: (1) Puerto Ricans; (2) Cubans; (3)  Dominicans;  and  (4)
    13  other Hispanic nationalities.
    14    § 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    15  it  shall  have become a law. Effective immediately the addition, amend-
    16  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    17  tation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made on or
    18  before such date.