Establishes the special education short-term revolving loan fund and authorizes the state comptroller to provide special education short-term revolving loans to certain special act school districts or approved special education providers.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to creating the New York autism spectrum disorders treatment, training and research council and providing for the powers and duties of the council
PURPOSE: This bill would expand and enhance treatment, training and research programs serving those persons diagnosed with Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Intent.
Section 2. Enacting Clause.
Section 3. Amends the Executive Law by adding Article 41-A as follows:
* Section 908. Definitions.
* Section 908-a. Creates the New York Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment, Training and Research Council.
Section 4. Effective date.
(a) To develop a coordinated New York State Policy and Plan with respect to treatment, training and research;
(b) To review State agency initiatives fox consistency with the State Policy and Plan;
(c) To provide a continuing forum for discussion related to the development and implementation of the State Policy and Plan; and
(d) To take enumerated steps to expand and coordinate treatment, training and research.
JUSTIFICATION: As noted in section 1 of this bill, Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) affect approximately one in every 110 children. Given the high rate of incidence, which has increased dramatically in recent years, the Centers for Disease control and Prevention consider ASDs an "urgent public health concern."
In its 2010 report, the New York State Interagency Task Force on Autism (Task Force), identified "five pressing needs" of the growing population of New Yorkers diagnosed with ASDs: coordination of state
services, early identification, lifelong service delivery, increased dissemination of information, and coordination of research efforts.
This bill creates a centralized state entity to address the current and future needs of individuals and families affected by ASDs. Further, it integrates many of the Task Force's proposals. Finally. this bill not only provides for more efficient and effective research, but also allows the council flexibility to adapt to any information yielded as a result.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.2150A/A2954A - Reported to Rules
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None, with the exception of any appropriations made in support of this measure.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1582 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 10, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. OPPENHEIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the state finance law, in relation to establishing the special education short-term revolving loan fund, and in relation to authorizing the state comptroller to provide special education short- term revolving loans to certain special act school districts or approved special education providers THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 99-t to read as follows: S 99-T. SPECIAL EDUCATION SHORT-TERM REVOLVING LOAN FUND. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED IN THE JOINT CUSTODY OF THE COMPTROLLER AND THE COMMISSIONER OF TAXATION AND FINANCE A FUND TO BE KNOWN AS THE SPECIAL EDUCATION SHORT-TERM REVOLVING LOAN FUND. SUCH FUND SHALL CONSIST OF MONEYS MADE AVAILABLE PURSUANT TO APPROPRIATION AND ANY OTHER SOURCES IN ORDER TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR PROMPT CONTRACTING WITH AND PAYMENT OF NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS. 2. MONEYS OF THE FUND MAY BE EXPENDED PURSUANT TO SECTION ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-NINE-FF OF THIS CHAPTER. MONEYS SHALL BE PAID OUT OF THE FUND ON THE AUDIT AND WARRANT OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER PURSUANT TO SUCH SECTION. S 2. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 179-ff to read as follows: S 179-FF. SPECIAL EDUCATION SHORT-TERM REVOLVING LOANS. 1. THE COMP- TROLLER IS AUTHORIZED TO PROVIDE LOANS FROM THE SPECIAL EDUCATION SHORT-TERM REVOLVING LOAN FUND ESTABLISHED BY SECTION NINETY-NINE-T OF THIS CHAPTER TO ANY SPECIAL ACT SCHOOL DISTRICT OR APPROVED SPECIAL EDUCATION PROVIDER SEEKING SHORT-TERM FINANCING FOR OPERATIONS, PENDING TUITION PAYMENTS AS AUTHORIZED UNDER SECTION FORTY-FOUR HUNDRED FIVE OF THE EDUCATION LAW. THE COMPTROLLER MAY PROVIDE SUCH A LOAN TO A SPECIAL ACT SCHOOL DISTRICT OR APPROVED SPECIAL EDUCATION PROVIDER UPON RECEIPTEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05308-01-1 S. 1582 2
OF A WRITTEN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OR PROVIDER AND THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OUTLINING THE NEED FOR SUCH LOAN AND THE ANTICIPATED TUITION PAYMENT OR TUITION RECONCILIATION THAT WILL PROVIDE REASONABLE ASSURANCES OF REPAYMENT THAT IS SATISFACTORY TO THE COMP- TROLLER. SUCH LOAN SHALL NOT BEAR INTEREST AND REPAYMENT OF SUCH LOAN MAY BE MADE UPON RECEIPT OF TUITION PAYMENTS AND RECONCILIATIONS, PURSU- ANT TO THE WRITTEN AGREEMENT. 2. THE COMPTROLLER SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS WITHIN NINE- TY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION FOR THE OPERATION OF THE SPECIAL EDUCATION SHORT-TERM REVOLVING LOAN FUND WHICH SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, THE CRITERIA TO BE USED IN DETERMINING SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS ELIGIBLE FOR ASSISTANCE; A PROCEDURE AND ANY NECES- SARY INFORMATION THAT SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS NEED TO SUBMIT APPLI- CATIONS FOR A LOAN FROM THIS FUND; A SCHEDULE FOR REVIEWING SUCH APPLI- CATIONS, NOT TO EXCEED THIRTY DAYS, AND NOTIFICATION TO AN APPLICANT OF APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF SUCH APPLICATION FOR INTERIM FUNDING; AND ANY OTHER REQUIREMENTS DEEMED NECESSARY BY THE COMPTROLLER. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.