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Legislation
STATE OF NEW YORK
S. 597 -- A, A.788--A
1995-1996 Regular Sessions
SENATE - ASSEMBLY
January 12, 1993

(STATUS: NOT PASSED)

(VIEW BILL THAT PASSED)

IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sens. VOLKER, MONTGOMERY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health -- recommitted to the Committee on Health in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee.

IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. CLARK, GOTTFRIED, E. C. SULLIVAN, PRETLOW, MAYERSOHN, GREENE -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. BARBARO, BRENNAN, CONNELLY, FELDMAN, GALEF, GUNTHER, HARENBERG, HILL, MATUSOW, RIVERA, SEABROOK, SEMINERIO, TOWNS, WEINSTEIN, WEISENBERG -- read once and referred to the Committee on Health -- recommitted to the Committee on Health in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee.

AN ACT to authorize and direct the department of health in conjunction with the department of social services to conduct a study of the risks, traumas and dangers associated with female genital mutilation and making an appropriation therefor.

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. Statement of legislative findings and necessity.
Female genital mutilation is a serious and disturbing health problem in the United States. Only recently have the special problems of persons victimized by such mutilation been recognized and attempts begun to handle them.
The legislature hereby finds that it is time for this state to take an active role in the struggle to prevent such mutilations, and the appropriation made herein, to provide increased understanding of the risks, traumas and dangers associated with female genital mutilation, is made in order to succeed in that struggle.

2. The department of health in conjunction with the department of social services is hereby authorized and directed to conduct a study of the risks, traumas and dangers associated with female genital mutilation and to make recommendations about the public health responses necessary to assist and protect women from female genital mutilation. Such recommendations may include the training and education needed by health care providers so as to be able to properly diagnose and treat the physical and emotional wounds caused by such mutilation. Such training and education shall include that needed by health care providers to properly diagnose and treat the physical and emotional wounds suffered by victims of female genital mutilation. The departments shall submit a report on their findings and recommendations to the governor and the legislature before May 1, 1997.

3. The sum of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated from the general fund to the credit of the state purposes account to the new York state department health for the prupose of conducting a study of the risks, traumas and dangers associated with female genital mutilation and of the training and education needed by health care providers so as to be able to properly diagnose and treat the physical and emotional wounds caused by such mutilation. The moneys hereby appropriated, when made available pursuant to a certificate of approval of availability issued by the director of the budget, shall be paid from the state purposes account on the audit and warrant of the comptroller on vouchers approved by the commissioner of health or his duly designated officer.

4. This act shall take effect immediately