Provides for the inclusion, at a voter's option, of an email address in the voter registration application and record, whereupon notices and other communication required to be sent to the voter by the state board of elections shall be sent by email in addition to postal mail; county boards of elections and the board of elections of the city of New York shall have the option of sending required notices and communications by email in addition to postal mail to certain voters.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the eligibility for student financial aid of individuals granted deferred action for childhood arrival status and of certain non-residents of the state
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To open up educational opportunities and give young immigrants access to a wide array of New York's educational opportunity programs, including: Tuition Assistance Program (TAP); Higher Education opportunity Program HEOP; Educational opportunity Program (SOP); Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP); and opportunity programs available at community colleges.
§ 1. subdivision 3 of section 661 of the education law, as amended by chapter 133 of the laws of 1982, is amended.
§ 2. Paragraphs a and b of subdivision 6 of section 661 of the education law, as amended by chapter 466 of the laws of 1977, are amended.
§ 3. Paragraph d of subdivision 5 of section 661 of the education law, as amended by chapter 844 of the laws of 1975, is amended.
§ 4. paragraph e of subdivision 5 of section 661 of the education law, as added by chapter 630 of the laws of 2005, is amended.
§ 5. Paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section 355 of the education law is amended by adding a new subparagraph 10.
§ 6. Paragraph d of subdivision 5 of section 661 of the education law, as amended by chapter 844 of the laws of 1975, is amended.
§ 7. Paragraph e of subdivision 5 of section 661 of the education law, as added by chapter 630 of the laws of 2005, is amended.
§ 8. Paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section 355 of the education law is amended by adding a new subparagraph 10.
§ 9. Subdivision 7 of section 6206 of the education law is amended by adding a new paragraph (d).
§ 10. Section 6305 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 8-a.
§ 11. Paragraph d of subdivision 3 of section 6451 of the education law, as amended by chapter 149 of the laws of 1972, is amended.
§ 12. Subparagraph (v) of paragraph a of subdivision 4 of section 6452 of the education law, as added by chapter 917 of the laws of 1 970, is amended.
JUSTIFICATION: As a state with one of the largest immigrant populations, NY should be at the forefront of progressive immigration policies, pushing back on the tide of national and local anti-immigrant policies. The NY Dream Act will respect the dignity and contributions of undocumented youth in the state by giving them access to state financial aid programs.
This bill is about access to education, but it is also about providing a pathway to economic prosperity for both the individual receiving the education and for the state. Increasing the education level of workers also increases their productivity, and the more highly educated the state's labor force, the more attractive the state is as a place to locate businesses.
There are currently an estimated 475,000 undocumented immigrants in the New York State labor force. Having large numbers of undocumented workers should not be considered a permanent situation: federal reform is urgently needed to fix immigration policy. But gridlock at the federal level should not prevent New York State from investing in its own economy.
The National Skills Coalition reports that New York is facing a shortage of workers who have the required skill level for most job openings. New York would benefit greatly from undocumented students receiving access to a college education. in fact, NSC also estimates that 39% of all future job openings will require at least an associate's degree.
Furthermore, it is universally accepted that those who pay taxes should benefit from those taxes, whether those benefits be public safety or access to higher education.
According to the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, undocumented immigrants paid over $662 million in taxes to New York State in 2010, making it the state with the fourth highest revenue in taxes from undocumented immigrants. They paid approximately; $104.4 million in personal income taxes, $95 million in property taxes, and over $463 million in sales taxes. It is unjust, unfair and un-American to collect well over a half a billion dollars in tax revenue from undocumented immigrants only to deny them financial support that is granted to other New Yorkers.
Despite an unprecedented year of action and escalation taken by undocumented youth, the United States Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act in 2010. This has left undocumented youth in NY without any form or
relief. It is now up to the State of NY to provide dignity and recognition for these promising and deserving young people.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: Referred to Rules.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after the issuance of regulations on the deferred action for childhood arrivals program by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, or on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law, whichever shall be latex, provided however, that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date; provided that the commissioner of education shall notify the legislative bill drafting commission upon the occurrence of the issuance of the regulations on the deferred action for childhood arrivals program by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in order that the commission may maintain an accurate and timely effective data base of the official text of the laws of the state of New York in furtherance of effectuating the provisions of section 44 of the legislative law and section 70-b of the public officers law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1567 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 10, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. ADDABBO, DIAZ, DILAN, HASSELL-THOMPSON, PERKINS, STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to including e-mail addresses in voter registration data THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraphs (k) and (l) of subdivision 5 of section 5-210 of the election law, as amended by chapter 179 of the laws of 2005, subpar- agraph (xii) of paragraph (k) as added by chapter 362 of the laws of 2008, are amended to read as follows: (k) The form shall also include space for the following information, which must be contained on the inside of the form after it is folded for mailing: (i) A space for the applicant to indicate whether or not he or she has ever voted or registered to vote before and, if so, the approximate year in which such applicant last voted or registered and his or her name and address at the time. (ii) The name and residence address of the applicant including the zip code and apartment number, if any. (iii) A SPACE FOR THE FURNISHING OF AN E-MAIL ADDRESS, THE FURNISHING OF WHICH SHALL BE OPTIONAL, TOGETHER WITH A NOTICE STATING THAT IF AN E-MAIL ADDRESS IS FURNISHED, ALL NOTICES AND COMMUNICATIONS OTHERWISE REQUIRED TO BE SENT BY THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS TO THE VOTER BY POSTAL MAIL SHALL BE SENT BY E-MAIL IN ADDITION TO POSTAL MAIL. COUNTY BOARDS OF ELECTIONS AND THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK SHALL HAVE THE OPTION OF SENDING NOTICES AND COMMUNICATIONS OTHERWISE REQUIRED TO BE SENT TO THE VOTER BY POSTAL MAIL BY E-MAIL IN ADDITION TO POSTAL MAIL IF THE VOTER FURNISHES AN EMAIL ADDRESS. (IV) The date of birth of the applicant.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00372-01-1 S. 1567 2
[(iv)](V) A space for the applicant to indicate his or her driver's license or department of motor vehicles non-driver photo ID number or the last four digits of his or her social security number or, if the applicant does not have either such number, a space for the applicant to indicate he or she does not have either. [(v)](VI) A space for the applicant to indicate whether or not he or she is a citizen of the United States and the statement "If you checked "no" in response to this question, do not complete this form." [(vi)](VII) A space for the applicant to answer the question "Will you be 18 years of age on or before election day?" and the statement "If you checked "no" in response to this question, do not complete this form unless you will be 18 by the end of the year." [(vii)](VIII) A statement informing the applicant that if the form is submitted by mail and the applicant is registering for the first time, certain information or documents must be submitted with the mail-in registration form in order to avoid additional identification require- ments upon voting for the first time. Such information and documents are: (A) a driver's license or department of motor vehicles non-driver photo ID number; or (B) the last four digits of the individual's social security number; or (C) a copy of a current and valid photo identification; or (D) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. [(viii)](IX) The gender of the applicant (optional). [(ix)](X) A space for the applicant to indicate his or her choice of party enrollment, with a clear alternative provided for the applicant to decline to affiliate with any party. [(x)](XI) The telephone number of the applicant (optional). [(xi)](XII) A place for the applicant to execute the form on a line which is clearly labeled "signature of applicant" preceded by the following specific form of affirmation: AFFIDAVIT: I swear or affirm that: * I am a citizen of the United States. * I will have lived in the county, city, or village for at least 30 days before the election. * I meet all the requirements to register to vote in New York State. * This is my signature or mark on the line below. * All the information contained on this application is true. I understand that if it is not true I can be convicted and fined up to $5,000 and/or jailed for up to four years. which form of affirmation shall be followed by a space for the date and the aforementioned line for the applicant's signature. [(xii)](XIII) A space for the applicant to register in the New York state donate life registry for organ and tissue donations established pursuant to section forty-three hundred ten of the public health law. (l) The mail voter registration application form developed by the federal election commission pursuant to the provisions of section nine of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 42 USC 1973gg-7 shall be deemed to meet the requirements of this section. Any application for registration received on such an application form shall be accepted if the applicant is otherwise eligible to register to vote pursuant to the provisions of this article. A VOTER WHOSE REGISTRATION IS ACCEPTEDS. 1567 3
PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL BE PERMITTED TO FURNISH AN E-MAIL ADDRESS TO THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS, WHICH FURNISHING SHALL CARRY THE SAME NOTICE AND HAVE THE SAME EFFECT AS PROVIDED BY SUBPARAGRAPH (III) OF PARAGRAPH (K) OF THIS SUBDIVISION. S 2. Paragraph d of subdivision 4 of section 5-500 of the election law, as amended by chapter 659 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows: d. The residence address at which the voter claims to reside and post office address, if not the same; and the number or designation of the room, apartment, or floor occupied by the voter if he OR SHE does not claim the entire building as his OR HER residence; AND IN ADDITION, SPACE FOR THE FURNISHING OF AN E-MAIL ADDRESS, THE FURNISHING OF WHICH SHALL BE OPTIONAL, TOGETHER WITH A NOTICE STATING THAT IF AN E-MAIL ADDRESS IS FURNISHED, ALL NOTICES AND COMMUNICATIONS OTHERWISE REQUIRED TO BE SENT BY THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS TO THE VOTER BY POSTAL MAIL SHALL BE SENT BY E-MAIL IN ADDITION TO POSTAL MAIL. COUNTY BOARDS OF ELECTIONS AND THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK SHALL HAVE THE OPTION OF SENDING NOTICES AND COMMUNICATIONS OTHERWISE REQUIRED TO BE SENT TO THE VOTER BY POSTAL MAIL BY E-MAIL IN ADDITION TO POSTAL MAIL IF THE VOTER FURNISHES AN E-MAIL ADDRESS; S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law; provided that the state board of elections is authorized to promulgate any and all rules and regulations and take any other measures necessary to implement this act on its effective date on or before such date.