Bill Text: NY A05931 | 2017-2018 | General Assembly | Amended

Bill Title: Establishes the New York state interagency coordinating council for service-disabled veterans; defines the powers and duties of the council and requires an annual report by the council to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 12-0)

Status: (Vetoed) 2018-12-28 - tabled [A05931 Detail]

Download: New_York-2017-A05931-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                                                                Cal. No. 426
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 17, 2017
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  RAMOS,  ORTIZ,  CUSICK, MAGNARELLI, LUPARDO,
          TITONE, AUBRY, WEPRIN, McDONALD -- Multi-Sponsored  by  --  M.  of  A.
          PERRY,  SIMON  -- read once and referred to the Committee on Veterans'
          Affairs -- ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered  reprinted,
          retaining its place on the order of third reading
        AN  ACT  to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing the New
          York  state  interagency  coordinating  council  for  service-disabled
          veterans,  defining the powers and duties of the council and requiring
          an annual report by the council to the governor, the temporary  presi-
          dent of the senate and the speaker of the assembly
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby recognizes  that
     2  New  York  state's veterans, particularly those who suffered service-re-
     3  lated disabilities, have unique needs as a result of the sacrifices they
     4  made during their military service. It is also  hereby  acknowledged  by
     5  the legislature that due to the complexity of their needs, such individ-
     6  uals  require  accessible,  coordinated, and specialized services within
     7  their communities from multiple state and local agencies.  The  legisla-
     8  ture finds that there is an immediate need for a statewide comprehensive
     9  program to coordinate such services.
    10    §  2.  The  executive  law is amended by adding a new section 368-a to
    11  read as follows:
    12    § 368-a. New York state interagency coordinating council for  service-
    13  disabled veterans. There is hereby established the New York state inter-
    14  agency  coordinating council for service-disabled veterans in the execu-
    15  tive department to have and exercise the functions,  powers  and  duties
    16  provided  by  the  provisions of this section and any other provision of
    17  law.
    18    1. As used in this section the following terms shall mean:
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    (a) "council" means the New York state interagency coordinating  coun-
     2  cil for service-disabled veterans;
     3    (b)  "veteran" means a person, male or female, resident of this state,
     4  who has served in the active military, naval,  or  air  service  of  the
     5  United  States  during  a war in which the United States engaged and who
     6  has been released from  such  service  otherwise  than  by  dishonorable
     7  discharge, or who has been furloughed to the reserve; and
     8    (c)  "service-disabled veteran" means a veteran with a disability that
     9  was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty in the  active  military,
    10  naval, or air service.
    11    2.  The  council  shall  consist  of the following ten agency heads or
    12  their designees: director of the  division  of  veterans'  affairs,  who
    13  shall  serve  as chair of the council, the commissioner of the office of
    14  general services, the commissioner of  the  department  of  health,  the
    15  commissioner  of  the  office  of mental health, the commissioner of the
    16  office of alcoholism and substance abuse services, the  commissioner  of
    17  the department of labor, the commissioner of the division of housing and
    18  community  renewal,  the  commissioner  of the education department, the
    19  commissioner of the department of transportation, and  the  director  of
    20  the office for the aging. In addition, the council shall consist of nine
    21  service-disabled veterans, three to be appointed by the governor, two to
    22  be  appointed  by  the  temporary  president  of  the  senate, two to be
    23  appointed by the speaker of the assembly, one to  be  appointed  by  the
    24  minority  leader  of  the senate and one to be appointed by the minority
    25  leader of the assembly. The members of the council shall serve terms  of
    26  two  years;  provided, however, that of the members first appointed, the
    27  members appointed by the governor shall serve for terms of  three  years
    28  and  the  remaining members, appointed by the legislative leaders, shall
    29  serve for terms of two years. Members of the council  shall  receive  no
    30  compensation  for  their  services but shall be allowed their actual and
    31  necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their functions  here-
    32  under.
    33    3. The council shall have the following powers and duties:
    34    (a) to promote the implementation of a comprehensive statewide program
    35  of coordinated services for service-disabled veterans that includes: (1)
    36  matters  pertaining  to educational training and retraining services and
    37  facilities, (2) health, medical and rehabilitation services and  facili-
    38  ties, (3) employment and re-employment services including small business
    39  opportunities, (4) housing options, (5) transportation options, (6) long
    40  term  care,  (7)  personal  care,  (8)  day program services, (9) family
    41  outreach and  (10)  other  essential  services  that  maximize  existing
    42  resources and administrative mechanisms;
    43    (b)  to  disseminate  general  information about available services to
    44  service-disabled veterans and how such services can  be  accessed.  Such
    45  information shall be posted on the division's website or be available in
    46  printed form;
    47    (c) to receive complaints in matters affecting service-disabled veter-
    48  ans  and to refer such complaints to the appropriate regulatory agencies
    49  where it deems necessary or appropriate; and
    50    (d) to conduct an ongoing evaluation of the needs of  service-disabled
    51  veterans.
    52    4.  The  council  shall  meet as necessary to carry out its functions,
    53  powers and duties, but such meetings shall  occur  at  least  once  each
    54  quarter. Furthermore, the council shall seek to consult with the network
    55  directors  of  the veterans integrated service networks, VISN 2 and VISN
    56  3.

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     1    5. The council shall provide a report to the governor,  the  temporary
     2  president  of  the  senate  and the speaker of the assembly on or before
     3  April first of each year, beginning in two thousand twenty. Such  report
     4  shall  summarize  the council's activity during the previous fiscal year
     5  and  detailing legislative recommendations appropriate to effectuate the
     6  purposes of this section, and any other  recommendations  for  improving
     7  service  delivery  and coordination, reducing duplication and fragmenta-
     8  tion and facilitating the most efficient use of existing resources. Such
     9  report shall also include  a  proposed  agenda  consisting  of  specific
    10  issues that the council plans to address during the current fiscal year.
    11    §  3.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
    12  have become a law; provided, however, that  effective  immediately,  the
    13  addition,  amendment  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation necessary
    14  for the implementation of this act on its effective date are  authorized
    15  and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.