•  Summary 
  •  Actions 
  •  Committee Votes 
  •  Floor Votes 
  •  Memo 
  •  Text 
  •  LFIN 
  •  Chamber Video/Transcript 

S02067 Summary:

Establishes a temporary state commission to study and investigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic response on deaths in nursing homes; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof.
Go to top    

S02067 Actions:

Go to top

S02067 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 19, 2021
        Introduced  by  Sens.  TEDISCO,  AKSHAR,  BORRELLO,  GALLIVAN,  HELMING,
          JORDAN, O'MARA, ORTT, SERINO -- read twice and  ordered  printed,  and
          when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health
        AN  ACT  establishing a temporary state commission to study and investi-
          gate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic response on deaths in  nurs-
          ing  homes; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expi-
          ration thereof
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Definitions. As used in this act:
     2    a.  "commission" means the commission to investigate COVID-19 in nurs-
     3  ing homes created by section two of this act; and
     4    b. "nursing home" means a nursing home as defined in  subdivision  one
     5  of section 2895-a of the public health law.
     6    §  2.  Commission  on  long term care facilities. a. A temporary state
     7  commission, to be known as the commission  to  investigate  COVID-19  in
     8  nursing homes (hereinafter the "commission"), is hereby created to study
     9  and make recommendations concerning the following:
    10    (1)  the measures taken by nursing homes to ensure the safety of their
    11  residents during and in  response  to  the  novel  coronavirus  pandemic
    12  (hereinafter "COVID-19");
    13    (2) the success or failure of such measures in reducing or slowing the
    14  spread of COVID-19;
    15    (3) any increase in death rates of nursing home residents attributable
    16  to COVID-19;
    17    (4)  the  effectiveness  of  current state and federal laws, executive
    18  orders, rules, regulations and recommendations governing the response of
    19  nursing homes to COVID-19; and
    20    (5) such other matters as the commission deems appropriate.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 2067                             2

     1    b. The commission shall make recommendations  for  legislation,  rules
     2  and/or regulations relating to the handling of future pandemic responses
     3  by nursing homes.
     4    c. (1) The commission shall consist of five members to be appointed as
     5  follows:  one  member  shall  be  appointed by the attorney general; one
     6  member shall be a member of the senate, appointed by the temporary pres-
     7  ident of the senate; one member shall  be  a  member  of  the  assembly,
     8  appointed  by  the speaker of the assembly; one member shall be a member
     9  of the senate, appointed by the minority leader of the senate;  and  one
    10  member  shall  be  a  member  of the assembly, appointed by the minority
    11  leader of the assembly. The member appointed  by  the  attorney  general
    12  shall be the chair of the commission.
    13    (2)  All appointees to the commission must have a background in health
    14  care and/or health policy. Any vacancy on the commission shall be filled
    15  in the same manner as the original appointment was made.
    16    (3) No member, officer or employee of the commission shall be disqual-
    17  ified from holding any other public office or employment, nor  shall  he
    18  or  she  forfeit  any  such office or employment by reason of his or her
    19  appointment hereunder, notwithstanding the provisions  of  any  general,
    20  special or local law, ordinance or city charter.
    21    (4) All members of the commission shall be appointed within sixty days
    22  of  the effective date of this section. The first meeting of the commis-
    23  sion shall take place  within  thirty  days  after  appointment  of  all
    24  members of the commission.
    25    d.  The  members  of  the commission shall receive no compensation for
    26  their services.
    27    e. The commission may employ and at pleasure remove such personnel  as
    28  it may deem necessary for the performance of its functions and fix their
    29  compensation  within  the amounts made available by appropriation there-
    30  for, if any, or by donation, if any. The commission may  meet  and  hold
    31  public  and/or  private  hearings within or without the state, and shall
    32  have all the powers of a legislative committee pursuant to the  legisla-
    33  tive law.
    34    f.  For  the  accomplishment  of its purposes, the commission shall be
    35  authorized and empowered to undertake any studies, inquiries, surveys or
    36  analyses it may deem relevant through its own personnel  or  in  cooper-
    37  ation with or by agreement with any other public or private agency.
    38    g. The commission may request and shall receive from any agency in the
    39  state  and  from any subdivision, department, board, bureau, commission,
    40  office, agency or other instrumentality of the state or of any political
    41  subdivision thereof such facilities, assistance and  data  as  it  deems
    42  necessary or desirable for the proper execution of its powers and duties
    43  and to effectuate the purposes set forth in this section.
    44    h. The commission is hereby authorized and empowered to enter into any
    45  agreements and to do and perform any acts that may be necessary, desira-
    46  ble or proper to carry out the purposes and objectives of this section.
    47    i.  The  commission  may  administer  oaths  or affirmations, subpoena
    48  witnesses, compel their attendance, examine them under oath or  affirma-
    49  tion  and  require  the  production  of any books, records, documents or
    50  other evidence it may deem relevant or material to an investigation.
    51    § 3. The commission shall make a report of its findings and  recommen-
    52  dations  and shall submit such report, including any recommendations for
    53  legislative action as it may deem  necessary  and  appropriate,  to  the
    54  governor,  the  temporary  president  of  the senate, the speaker of the
    55  assembly, the minority leader of the senate, the minority leader of  the

        S. 2067                             3
     1  assembly and all members of each house of the New York state legislature
     2  one year after the first meeting of the commission.
     3    § 4. This act shall take effect immediately and shall continue in full
     4  force  and effect until one year after the report and recommendations of
     5  the commission on the novel coronavirus  pandemic  response  in  nursing
     6  home  facilities  is  delivered to the governor and the legislature when
     7  upon such date the provisions of this  act  shall  be  deemed  repealed;
     8  provided  that  the  attorney  general shall notify the legislative bill
     9  drafting commission upon the occurrence of the delivery  of  the  report
    10  provided  for  in section three of this act in order that the commission
    11  may maintain an accurate and timely effective data base of the  official
    12  text of the laws of the state of New York in furtherance of effectuating
    13  the  provisions of section 44 of the legislative law and section 70-b of
    14  the public officers law.
Go to top