July 7, 2008
SUMMARY OF NEW YORK ASSEMBLY BILL 10942
By: Ryan F. O'Neil, Research Assistant
You asked for a summary and the status of New York Assembly Bill 10942, which deals with immunization.
Beginning August 1, 2009, the bill requires students born after January 1, 1995, entering or repeating seventh grade, enrolled in a comparable special education program, and those entering college be immunized against meningococcal disease. These students must already be immunized against poliomyelitis, mumps, measles, diphtheria, Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib), rubella, varicella, pertussis, tetanus, pneumococcal disease, and hepatitis B. We have attached a copy of the bill text.
The bill repeals § 2167 of the Public Health Law. That section required colleges to inform students about immunization against meningococcal meningitis. The students then had to (1) indicate that they were immunized within the past 10 years, (2) get immunized against meningococcal meningitis, or (3) indicate that they reviewed the material about the immunization and chose not to receive it.
The bill was referred to the Health Committee on May 7, 2008. It was amended its current state on June 20. No further action has been taken on the bill.
New York Senate Bills 8623 and 7822-A are similar bills. S 8623 was referred to the Rules Committee on June 19. 7822-A was referred the Health Committee on April 28, reported and committed to the Rules Committee on June 11, amended on June 16, and printed as 7822-A on the same day.