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A02558 Summary:

BILL NOA02558
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORJoyner
 
COSPNSRCrespo, Walker, Williams, Cook, Jaffee, Rivera, Barron, Dickens, Blake, Simotas
 
MLTSPNSRDe La Rosa, Hyndman
 
 
Relates to providing funding for combating legionnaires' disease in cities having a population of one million or more; appropriates money therefor.
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A02558 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A2558
 
SPONSOR: Joyner
  TITLE OF BILL: An act providing funding in cities having populations of one million or more for combating legionnaires' disease; appropri- ation   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of the bill is to provide an appropriation of up to $50 million to cities with a population of one million to enable them to combat Legionnaires' disease.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill appropriates a sum of up to $50 million to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Department of Environmental Protection for the purpose of enforcing all laws, rules and regulations designed to combat Legionnaires' disease and requires that the funds be drawn from the local assistance account. Section 2 provides for this act to take effect immediately.   JUSTIFICATION: During the summer of 2015 the City of New York experienced the worst outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the history of our State's largest municipality. As of August 10, 2015, the outbreak had taken the lives of 12 New Yorkers and led to the hospitalization of 113 individuals with severe health complications directly attributable to the disease. Public health officials have stated that the deadly disease outbreak centered in the South Bronx resulted from mist from poorly maintained water cool- ing towers being inhaled by individuals with preexisting health condi- tions including compromised pulmonary and/ or immune systems. While the latest outbreak of Legionnaires' disease is the largest and most deadly of its kind in New York history the disease has proven dangerous in the past with a dozen Bronx residents being sent to the hospital with Legionnaires' less than a year before. The recurring nature of the disease indicates the clear need to ensure that the appro- priate professionals have the resources needed to protect the public health and prevent further deaths. Focused on the importance of combating the severe form of pneumonia commonly known as Legionnaires' disease - this legislation appropriates up to $50 million to the city agencies that are most directly responsi- ble for ensuring that the necessary inspection of water cooling towers take place in New York City.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2016 - Held for consideration in Ways and Means   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Up to a maximum of $50 million in state funds will be spent with a much larger potential savings due to a reduction in the number of hospitali- zations resulting from Legionnaires' disease.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A02558 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          2558
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 20, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. JOYNER -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Ways and Means
 
        AN  ACT providing funding in cities having populations of one million or
          more for combating legionnaires' disease; appropriation
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  The sum of fifty million dollars ($50,000,000) or so much
     2  thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the New York City
     3  department of health and mental hygiene and the department  of  environ-
     4  mental  protection, respectively, for the purpose of enforcing all laws,
     5  rules and regulations designed to combat legionnaires'  disease.    Such
     6  funds shall be drawn from the local assistance account.
     7    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01031-02-7
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