Current Status Introducing Body:
SenateBill Number: 1138Ratification Number: 541Act Number: 571Primary Sponsor: J. Verne SmithType of Legislation: JRSubject: Public Health Advisory CommitteeDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 19940524Computer Document Number: CYY/15683AC.94Introduced Date: 19940208Date of Last Amendment: 19940518Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19940825Last History Body: ------Last History Date: 19940825Last History Type: Signed by GovernorScope of Legislation: LocalAll Sponsors: J. Verne Smith Courson BryanType of Legislation: Joint Resolution
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ____ ______ ____________ ______________________________ ___ ____________ 1138 ------ 19950103 Act No. 571 1138 ------ 19940825 Signed by Governor 1138 ------ 19940602 Ratified R 541 1138 Senate 19940524 Concurred in House amendment, enrolled for ratification 1138 House 19940519 Read third time, returned to Senate with amendment 1138 House 19940518 Amended, read second time 1138 House 19940428 Committee Report: Favorable 27 with amendment 1138 House 19940407 Introduced, read first time, 27 referred to Committee 1138 Senate 19940406 Read third time, sent to House 1138 Senate 19940405 Read second time, notice of general amendments 1138 Senate 19940331 Committee Report: Favorable 13 1138 Senate 19940208 Introduced, read first time, 13 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A571, R541, S1138)
A JOINT RESOLUTION TO PROVIDE THAT THE HUMAN SERVICES COORDINATING COUNCIL SHALL APPOINT
AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN SOUTH CAROLINA, TO PROVIDE THE MEMBERSHIP AND PURPOSE OF THAT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, AND TO PROVIDE FOR ITS DISSOLUTION UPON COMPLETION OF ITS WORK.
Whereas, the State has a responsibility for the well-being, including health, of its citizens; and
Whereas, while public health measures have been successful in controlling epidemic diseases, assuring safe food and water, and reducing premature mortality through prevention, new threats to the public's health emerge such as the AIDS epidemic, injuries and chronic illness, and the adverse effects of exposure to toxic byproducts of modern society must be successfully countered; and
Whereas, the core functions of public health include collection, analysis, and dissemination of information on the health of the community, development of comprehensive public health policies, and assurance that services necessary to achieve the state's health goals are provided either by encouraging or requiring action by other entities or by providing services directly; and
Whereas, the General Assembly finds that these public health functions are key elements in improving the overall health of South Carolinians and that population-based services provided by public health agencies are cost effective and essential to containing health care costs over time; and
Whereas, if health care reform is successful in providing financial access to medical care for low income persons currently without such access, public health agencies can place more emphasis on community public health activities; and
Whereas, the state's public health system must have the capacity to execute the core functions of public health consistent with the needs of a reformed health care system; and
Whereas, Section 129.57 of Act 164 of 1993 states:
"The Human Services Coordinating Council is designated as the entity responsible for developing and coordinating the implementation of a plan for a State Primary Prevention Strategy. Primary prevention is defined as programs which seek to prevent the onset of disease, disability, or high risk behaviors through the enhancement of individual and community protective factors and the reduction of risk factors."
Now, therefore, Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Advisory committee to be appointed; duties; dissolution
SECTION 1. The Human Services Coordinating Council shall appoint and convene a fourteen-member advisory committee on the future of public health in South Carolina. The advisory committee shall study appropriate changes in the public health responsibilities, functions, and resources of all state agencies involved with public health. Budget and Control Board and state agency staff shall facilitate and support the meetings and activities of the advisory committee.
All committee members shall have substantial expertise and experience in public health, preventive medicine, environmental health, or other related discipline. Of the fourteen members:
(1) six must be faculty members from any of the state-supported institutions of higher learning in South Carolina and of these, two members must be well qualified minority individuals;
(2) four must be the chief executives, or their designees, of the Department of Health and Environmental Control, Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, the Department of Mental Health, and the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services;
(3) two must be the chairmen, or their designees, of the South Carolina Medical Association and the South Carolina Hospital Association; and
(4) two must be persons with no current affiliation with a state university or agency.
The advisory committee shall submit a preliminary report to the Human Services Coordinating Council by January 1, 1995, and shall present a final report and recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly before the committee's dissolution, no later than July 1, 1995.
SECTION 2. This joint resolution takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 25th day of August, 1994.