Bill S2015A-2013

Relates to establishing set dates for school district proposition votes

Establishes dates all propositions to be voted upon by the qualified voters of any school district shall be held.

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Actions

  • Jun 17, 2014: referred to education
  • Jun 17, 2014: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 17, 2014: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 9, 2014: AMENDED ON THIRD READING 2015A
  • Jun 3, 2014: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 2, 2014: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • May 29, 2014: 1ST REPORT CAL.1029
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • Jan 8, 2014: returned to senate
  • Jan 8, 2014: died in assembly
  • Jun 18, 2013: referred to education
  • Jun 18, 2013: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 18, 2013: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 10, 2013: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 5, 2013: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jun 4, 2013: 1ST REPORT CAL.963
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S2015A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the dates school district proposition votes may be held

PURPOSE:

This legislation establishes dates for school district proposition votes.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends the Education Law by adding a new section 1501-d, stating that all school district proposition votes will be held on the third Tuesday in May. However, such election shall be held on the second Tuesday in May at a time and place separate from the annual meeting of such school district if the Commissioner of Education, at the request of a local school board, certifies no later than March first that such election would conflict with religious observances.

Additionally, school district proposition votes may also take place on either or both of two separate dates to be set by the Commissioner, not to be between the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November and the third Monday of January.

Finally, if in the event of an emergency or disaster situation a proposition must be offered, a school board may, by two-thirds majority vote, set its own date for the proposition.

Section 2: Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Having uniform set voting dates for school projects will increase voter turnout.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S.2015 of 2013: Passed Senate, Died in Assembly Education Committee S.6235 of 2012: Died on Senate Floor Calendar S.5261 of 2008: Died on Senate Floor Calendar S.5261 of 2007: Died on Senate Floor Calendar

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become law; 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.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2015--A Cal. No. 1029 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. BONACIC -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education -- recommitted to the Committee on Education in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the dates school district proposition votes may be held 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 1501-d to read as follows: S 1501-D. DATE OF SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPOSITION VOTES. 1. NOTWITHSTAND- ING ANY LAW, RULE OR REGULATION TO THE CONTRARY, ALL PROPOSITIONS CONDUCTED PURSUANT TO THIS TITLE AND VOTED UPON BY THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF ANY SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL BE HELD ONLY ON THE FOLLOWING DATES: (A) ON THE THIRD TUESDAY IN MAY, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT SUCH ELECTION SHALL BE HELD ON THE SECOND TUESDAY IN MAY IF THE COMMISSIONER AT THE REQUEST OF A LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD CERTIFIES NO LATER THAN MARCH FIRST THAT SUCH ELECTION WOULD CONFLICT WITH RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES. SUCH ELECTION SHALL TAKE PLACE AT A TIME AND PLACE SEPARATE FROM THE ANNUAL MEETING OF SUCH SCHOOL DISTRICT; OR (B) ON EITHER OR BOTH OF TWO ADDITIONAL DATES TO BE SET BY THE COMMIS- SIONER, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS. SUCH ADDI- TIONAL DATES SHALL NOT TAKE PLACE BETWEEN THE FIRST TUESDAY AFTER THE FIRST MONDAY OF NOVEMBER AND THE THIRD MONDAY OF JANUARY, KNOWN AS DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY. 2. SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPOSITION VOTES MAY BE OFFERED ON ANOTHER DATE IF SUCH VOTE IS BEING OFFERED IN RESPONSE TO AN EMERGENCY OR DISASTER SITU- ATION. THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD SHALL DECIDE, BY A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY
VOTE, IF A PROPOSITION MUST BE OFFERED DUE TO AN EMERGENCY OR DISASTER SITUATION. VOTERS SHALL BE NOTIFIED, BY REASONABLE MEANS, OF SUCH VOTE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS PRIOR TO SUCH VOTE TAKING PLACE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate- ly, 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.

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