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A01039 Summary:

BILL NOA01039
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORRosenthal L
 
COSPNSRDavila, Griffin, Fernandez, DeStefano
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add 19.26, Ment Hyg L
 
Relates to the creation of a prom and graduation safety program; develops educational materials.
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A01039 Actions:

BILL NOA01039
 
01/14/2019referred to alcoholism and drug abuse
05/07/2019reported referred to ways and means
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A01039 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A1039
 
SPONSOR: Rosenthal L
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to the creation of a prom and graduation safety program   PURPOSE: This bill creates educational materials for students, educators, parents and guardians with information and tips on how to keep adolescents safe and healthy during prom and graduation season.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC 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, in particular by making youth aware of the dangers of the use and abuse of substances, while attending their prom and celebrating high school grad- uation. 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 are 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: 2017-18: A.3876 - Reported to Ways and Means; S.3555 - Referred to Alco- holism and Drug Abuse 2015-16: A.6424-A - Reported to Ways and Means; S.607-A - Referred to Alcoholism and Drug Abuse   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill shall take effect immediately.
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A01039 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          1039
 
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 14, 2019
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. L. ROSENTHAL -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
 
        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:

     1    Section  1.  The mental hygiene law is amended by adding a new section
     2  19.26 to read as follows:
     3  § 19.26 Prom and graduation safety program.
     4    (a) The office shall establish a prom and  graduation  safety  program
     5  within the office, which shall focus upon ensuring the safety of adoles-
     6  cents attending their prom and celebrating high school graduation.
     7    (b)  The  commissioner,  in conjunction with the department of health,
     8  the state education department, and the division of state police,  shall
     9  develop  educational  materials for students, educators, and parents and
    10  guardians with information and tips on how to keep adolescents safe  and
    11  healthy, including, but not limited to, the dangers of the use and abuse
    12  of  alcohol, tobacco, prescription medications, and illicit drugs with a
    13  focus on drugs that are prevalent among school-aged youth.  Such  educa-
    14  tional  materials,  including printable brochures, shall be available on
    15  the websites of the office and the state education department and  shall
    16  be updated annually.
    17    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD02465-01-9
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