Creates additional state aid for public library systems which merge after January 1, 2013; provides formulas for increased aid based upon the number of library systems which result from mergers and the expanded geographic areas to be served by merged systems; requires a report on the impact of the merger.
- May 31, 2012: reported referred to ways and means
- May 17, 2012: print number 2427a
- May 17, 2012: amend (t) and recommit to libraries and education technology
- Jan 4, 2012: referred to libraries and education technology
- Jan 18, 2011: referred to libraries and education technology
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 2427--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N ASSEMBLY January 18, 2011 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. PRETLOW -- read once and referred to the Commit- tee on Libraries and Education Technology -- recommitted to the Committee on Libraries and Education Technology in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to additional state aid to public library systems merged after January 1, 2013 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 273 of the education law is amended by adding a new paragraph o to read as follows:
O. (1) A MERGED PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM SHALL RECEIVE SUPPLEMENTAL STATE AID MULTIPLIED BY A FACTOR EQUAL TO THE NUMBER OF PREVIOUSLY EXISTING PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEMS MINUS THE NUMBER OF MERGED LIBRARY SYSTEMS. IF MORE THAN ONE MERGED PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM RESULTS FROM MERGING, OR MERGING AND RECONFIGURING THREE OR MORE PREVIOUSLY EXISTING PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEMS, THE MERGED SYSTEMS SHALL DIVIDE THE SUPPLEMENTAL STATE AID. (2) A MERGED PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM MAY DESIGNATE ONE CENTRAL LIBRARY OR CO-CENTRAL LIBRARIES IN ITS PLAN OF LIBRARY SERVICE SUBMITTED PURSU- ANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION. FORTY PERCENT OF THE ANNUAL SUPPLEMENTAL AID RECEIVED BY THE MERGED PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM SHALL BE DESIGNATED FOR CENTRAL LIBRARY SERVICES. IF CO-CENTRAL LIBRARIES ARE DESIGNATED, THE MERGED PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM SHALL DETERMINE THE PROPORTION OF STATE AID TO BE ASSIGNED TO EACH. (3) ON OR BEFORE MARCH FIRST OF THE THIRD YEAR FOLLOWING MERGER, OR MERGER AND RECONFIGURATION, A MERGED PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM SHALL REPORT TO THE COMMISSIONER IN A FORM PRESCRIBED BY HIM OR HER ON THE SAVINGS ACHIEVED BY AND THE IMPACT UPON SERVICE DELIVERY OF THE MERGER. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL IN TURN TRANSMIT SUCH REPORT TO THE TEMPORARY PRESI- DENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02408-02-2 A. 2427--A 2 (4) FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS PARAGRAPH:
(I) "MERGED PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM" SHALL MEAN A PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM:
(A) CREATED AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN BY MERGING, OR MERGING AND RECONFIGURING THE AREAS SERVED BY TWO OR MORE PREVIOUSLY EXISTING PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEMS; (B) MEETING THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEMS ARE ENTITLED TO STATE AID AS SET FORTH IN SECTION TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY-TWO OF THIS PART; AND (C) RESULTING IN A LARGER GEOGRAPHIC AREA OR LARGER POPULATION SERVED THAN THE PRIOR EXISTING SYSTEMS AND RESULTING IN A DECREASE IN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEMS ELIGIBLE FOR STATE AID PURSUANT TO SECTION TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY-TWO OF THIS PART. (II) "PREVIOUSLY EXISTING PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM" SHALL MEAN A PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM PROVIDING SERVICE UNDER AN APPROVED PLAN ON JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN. (III) "SUPPLEMENTAL STATE AID" SHALL MEAN STATE AID, IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER STATE AID. THE AMOUNT OF SUCH SUPPLEMENTAL STATE AID SHALL BE TWO HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ANNUALLY FOR THE FIRST FIVE YEARS SUBSEQUENT TO MERGING, TWO HUNDRED FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS IN THE SIXTH YEAR, ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS IN THE SEVENTH YEAR, ONE HUNDRED TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS IN THE EIGHTH YEAR, FIFTY-ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS IN THE NINTH YEAR, AND THEREAFTER SUCH AID SHALL CEASE TO BE PAID. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.