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A03057 Summary:

BILL NOA03057B
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORBarrett
 
COSPNSRBuchwald, Seawright, De La Rosa, Weprin, Reyes, Lavine, Quart, Bronson, Gottfried, Glick, Dinowitz, Simotas
 
MLTSPNSR
 
 
Establishes a task force to explore the effects of cyber-bullying in New York state and potential measures to address such effects.
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A03057 Actions:

BILL NOA03057B
 
01/28/2019referred to governmental operations
01/08/2020referred to governmental operations
03/09/2020amend and recommit to governmental operations
03/09/2020print number 3057a
06/24/2020amend (t) and recommit to governmental operations
06/24/2020print number 3057b
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A03057 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A3057b
 
SPONSOR: Barrett
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to establish a task force to explore the effects of cyber-bully- ing in New York state and potential measures to address such effects; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To address cyberbullying through a task force of legislatively appointed individuals whose responsibility would be to conduct a thorough study its effects and methods to help school districts reduce its impacts on students.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill creates a task force dedicated to study cyberbul- lying and its impact and provides the scope of the task force's study. Section 2 designates the appointment process for the nine member task force. Section 3 requires the task force to report its finding to the Governor and legislature within one year. Section 4 sets forth the effective date.   DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORIGINAL AND AMENDED VERSION: The amended version makes improvements to the language of the bill by focusing the task force on identifying problems and solutions, rather than specific procedures. It also makes adjustments to the appointment process, timeline, and the reporting requirements.   JUSTIFICATION: According to the Centers for Disease Control's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance report, 15% of students nationwide experience cyberbully- ing, a number that has grown steadily over the past years. Cyberbullying is a unique threat to young people, as digital communications allow for constant pressure that is difficult for parents and educators to moni- tor. As exposure to digital communications, including text messaging, email, and social media becomes more and more prominent, the pervasive- ness and impact of cyberbullying is sadly growing. This bill would create a task force of stakeholders to study the issue and then recom- mend strategies to prevent cyberbullying and offer aid to victims.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2020: A3057-B (Barrett) - Governmental Operations 2019: A3057 (Barrett) - Governmental Operations 2018: A9846 (Barrett) - Governmental Operations   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: The fiscal impact of this bill will be limited to the actual and neces- sary expenses incurred by the task force in pursuit of their duties.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall be deemed repealed December 31, 2022.
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A03057 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         3057--B
 
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 28, 2019
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. BARRETT, BUCHWALD, SEAWRIGHT, DE LA ROSA, WEPRIN,
          REYES,  LAVINE, QUART, BRONSON, GOTTFRIED, GLICK, DINOWITZ, SIMOTAS --
          read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations  --
          recommitted  to the Committee on Governmental Operations in accordance
          with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee  discharged,  bill  amended,
          ordered  reprinted  as  amended  and  recommitted to said committee --
          again reported from said committee with amendments, ordered  reprinted
          as amended and recommitted to said committee
 
        AN  ACT to establish a task force to explore the effects of cyber-bully-
          ing in New York state and potential measures to address such  effects;
          and  providing  for  the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration
          thereof
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. A temporary task force is hereby established to conduct and
     2  submit a comprehensive study on the effects of, and potential methods to
     3  address, cyber-bullying.  The scope of such study shall include:
     4    a. identifying the most common victims of cyber-bullying by age, race,
     5  ethnicity,  religion,  gender,  gender  identity  or  expression, sexual
     6  orientation or any other identifying characteristic the members  of  the
     7  task force deem relevant;
     8    b.  determining  the most common mediums used in cases of cyber-bully-
     9  ing, including but not limited to, text messages, websites,  and  social
    10  media;
    11    c.  identifying the social and psychological effects of cyber-bullying
    12  on individuals;
    13    d. recommendations, based upon the findings of the task force, on  the
    14  prevention of cyber-bullying;
    15    e.  identifying  ways in which the state can better assist individuals
    16  who have been victims of cyber-bullying; and
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD00551-07-0

        A. 3057--B                          2
 
     1    f. identifying measures other states have taken to address  cyber-bul-
     2  lying.
     3    §  2.  a. The task force shall consist of eleven members, which to the
     4  extent practicable shall be experts in the fields of  child  psychology,
     5  technology,  law  enforcement,  mental health, or social services, or an
     6  appropriate field related to the  mission  of  the  task  force,  to  be
     7  appointed as follows:
     8    (1) five members appointed by the governor;
     9    (2) two members appointed by the temporary president of the senate;
    10    (3) two members appointed by the speaker of the assembly;
    11    (4) one member appointed by the minority leader of the senate; and
    12    (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the assembly.
    13    b.  The governor shall designate one of the appointees as the chair of
    14  the task force.
    15    c. The members of the task force shall  receive  no  compensation  for
    16  their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses
    17  incurred in the performance of their duties pursuant to this act.
    18    d.  All appointments shall be made no later than ninety days after the
    19  effective date of this  act.  All  vacancies  shall  be  filled  by  the
    20  appointing authority in a timely manner.
    21    § 3. The task force shall report its findings, conclusions, and recom-
    22  mendations  to  the  governor,  temporary  president  of the senate, and
    23  speaker of the assembly on or before July 1,  2022.  Such  report  shall
    24  also  be published on the website of the New York state office of mental
    25  health.
    26    § 4. This act shall  take  effect  immediately  and  shall  be  deemed
    27  repealed December 31, 2022.
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