‘The Gray Area’ Discusses Nonsensical and Nonessential Bills Introduced in Assembly Last Week

Assemblyman Scott Gray (R-Watertown) released the latest episode of “The Gray Area” video series. In episode 12, Gray discusses Assembly bills involving disconcerting legislation aimed at providing treatment for sexually transmitted diseases to minors without a parent’s or guardian’s consent and a measure requiring health care providers to automatically report administered immunizations to the Department of Health putting the onus to object on the patient.

“Last week in Albany, we saw some senseless bills come through for a vote. Bill A00276B allows for the administration of vaccines, especially for STDs, to people under the age of 18 without parental consent. Any policy that takes away parents’ right to information regarding their child is absurd. Another issue is bill A07154 requires immunizations to be reported to a state registry unless a recipient rejects reporting, meaning you would have to know to opt out as providers will not explicitly ask you. A more logical bill would require providers to tell patients they have the option to opt out. A couple of bills last week, while well-intentioned, amount to little more than microlegislating, which means isolated incidents requiring community-based solutions are being resolved statewide. Bill A05948 mandates a whistle be carried on all water vessels whether they are rowboats, canoes or kayaks. A02570 requires a system for notifying MTA riders of bed bug infestations,” Gray said.

“I was delighted to have a great roster of visitors last week. Hospice of New York came to discuss various needs and concerns. We also had the pleasure of hosting the Hammond Central School girls’ varsity basketball team—they were honored by Sen. Mark Walczyk and I for their championship season. We went to the New York State Police Academy to recognize Trooper Christopher J. Hardy who received a Superintendent’s Commendation Award at the 47th Annual Memorial Service and Awards Ceremony. Last, but not least, I had the opportunity to meet the Delegation from the Senate of the Dominican Republic, headed by Eduardo Estrella, the president of the Upper Chamber. Look out for another episode of The Gray Area coming soon as we continue to update you on what you care about. As always, I look forward to seeing you in Albany and back in the district. Don’t hesitate to call my office staff with questions, comments or concerns—it is our privilege to serve you,” Gray concluded.

Watch the full episode here: https://youtu.be/TCxlKSV-vys