Bill S1331-2013

Relates to prohibiting colleges from denying formerly incarcerated individuals admittance to college based solely on their incarceration

Relates to prohibiting colleges from denying formerly incarcerated individuals admittance to college based solely on their incarceration.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S1331

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to prohibiting colleges from denying formerly incarcerated individuals admittance to college based solely on their incarceration

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To prevent college admittance of an applicant to any institution of higher education based solely on previous incarceration.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 - The Education law is amended by adding a new section 6438 which would prohibit any college from denying admittance to any applicant based solely on their previous incarceration.

JUSTIFICATION: New York State should strive for economic self-sufficiency for those released from prison in order to reduce crime and subsequent government expense. Job oriented education training are the foundation of any solution to this problem. In order to be employed in today's work environment, people require secondary, post-secondary or vocation education training. This legislation would give previously incarcerated people a chance to be admitted into an institution of higher education based on their merits.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2007-2008:Diedin Committee 2009-2010:Diedin Committee 2011-2012:Diedin Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1331 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. MONTGOMERY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to prohibiting colleges from denying formerly incarcerated individuals admittance to college based solely on their incarceration THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 6438 to read as follows: S 6438. COLLEGE ADMITTANCE FOR PEOPLE PREVIOUSLY INCARCERATED. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, NO PERSON WHO HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN INCARCERATED, SHALL BE DENIED ADMITTANCE TO ANY INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION, BASED SOLELY ON SUCH INCARCERATION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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