Relates to regents awards for children of deceased police officers, peace officers, firefighters and volunteer firefighters.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to regents awards for children of deceased police officers, peace officers, firefighters and volunteer firefighters
PURPOSE: This bill amends the education law to increase the regents scholarship for children of deceased police officers, peace officers, firefighters and volunteer firefighters from the current award of $450 per year to the cost of tuition at the State University of New York (SUNY).
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends subdivisions one and two of section 668a of the education law to increase the regents scholarship for children of deceased police officers, peace officers, firefighters and volunteer firefighters from the current award of $450 per year to the cost of tuition and room and board at the State University of New York (SUNY).
Section 2 of the bill sets for the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Over the last decade, there has been no change to the regents scholarship award amount that the child of a deceased police officer, peace officer, firefighter or volunteer firefighter who dies in the line of duty would receive However, the cost of a college education has increase dramatically.
When faced with the tragic situation of losing a parent, overcoming that grief and obtaining a higher education can be extremely daunting. Considering the emotional and financial hardship children who lose parents in the line of duty often face and the extreme sacrifice those parents have made, this bill seeks to lessen that hardship and acknowledge that sacrifice by increasing the scholarship amount from $450 a year to the cost of SUNY tuition.
This scholarship could be applied to the college of the eligible child's choice and would ease the financial burden of trying to obtain a college degree.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: To be determined.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1657--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. LAVALLE, MAZIARZ, SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to regents awards for children of deceased police officers, peace officers, firefighters and volunteer firefighters THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 668-a of the education law, as amended by chapter 887 of the laws of 1981, the section heading and subdivision 1 as amended by chapter 568 of the laws of 1999 and subdivision 3 as added by chapter 335 of the laws of 1987, is amended to read as follows: S 668-a. Regents awards for children of deceased police officers, peace officers, firefighters and volunteer firefighters. 1. Eligible students. Awards shall be made to resident children of police officers and peace officers as defined in the criminal procedure law, firefight- ers and volunteer firefighters and correction officers of the state or any political subdivision thereof, or volunteer firefighters of fire departments or companies under contract to provide fire protection to a municipality or fire district who have died as a result of an injury sustained in the line of duty, WHO ARE MATRICULATED IN AN APPROVED PROGRAM, AS DEFINED BY THE COMMISSIONER PURSUANT TO ARTICLE THIRTEEN OF THIS CHAPTER. 2. Amount and duration. Every recipient shall receive an annual award
[of four hundred fifty dollars]EQUAL TO THE AMOUNT OF UNDERGRADUATE TUITION FOR RESIDENTS OF NEW YORK STATE CHARGED BY THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK for each of not more than four academic years of undergradu- ate study or five academic years if a program normally requires fiveEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06214-02-3 S. 1657--A 2
years, as defined by the commissioner pursuant to article thirteen of this chapter. 3. Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of this chapter, no child of a correction officer of the state who is receiving an award under the provisions of section six hundred sixty-nine of this article shall receive an award under the provisions of this section. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.