Bill S2149-2011

Provides free tuition expenses for dependent family members of N.Y. state military personnel

Provides free tuition expenses for SUNY or CUNY to surviving dependent family members of NYS military personnel who have died while performing official military duties.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Jan 18, 2011: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S2149

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to providing scholarships for surviving dependent family members of New York state military personnel who have died while performing official military duties

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Surviving dependent family members of NYS military personnel who die on state or federal active while performing official duties, shall receive free tuition, room and board at SUNY or CUNY institution of higher learning.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 - Any surviving dependent family members of NYS military that is a legal resident of the state of New York who dies on state or federal active duty while performing official duties shall receive free tuition, room and board at SUNY or CUNY institution of higher learning with "MERIT" scholarship. Section 2 - Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation will take care of the brave soldiers' dependents if they die while performing official duties. Dependents of the fallen heroes will receive a "MERIT" scholarship that will provide them free tuition and room and board at CUNY or SUNY institutions.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2149 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 18, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. McDONALD -- 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 providing scholarships for surviving dependent family members of New York state military personnel who have died while performing official military duties THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 668-e of the education law, as added by chapter 106 of the laws of 2003, is amended to read as follows: S 668-e. Military enhanced recognition, incentive and tribute ("MERIT") scholarships. 1. Eligible persons. a. Notwithstanding subdi- visions three and five of section six hundred sixty-one of this [title] PART, children, spouses and financial dependents of a member of the armed forces of the United States or state organized militia who at any time on or after the second day of August, nineteen hundred ninety, while in service in the armed forces of the United States, as defined by subdivision eight of section one of the military law or in a force of the state organized militia, as defined in subdivision nine of section one of the military law: (i) while a legal resident of New York state, died, became severely and permanently disabled or was classified as missing in action [in a combat theater or combat zone of operations as part of military operations, or died as a result of injury or illness suffered or incurred during such military service] IN THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS OR HER OFFICIAL DUTIES; or (ii) while a legal resident of New York state, died or became severely and permanently disabled as a result of injury or illness suffered or incurred during military training oper- ations in preparation for duty in a combat theater or combat zone of operations. b. A member of the armed forces of the United States who: (i) became severely and permanently disabled as a result of service in the armed forces of the United States, as defined by subdivision eight of section
one of the military law, [in a combat theater or combat zone of oper- ations] IN THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS OR HER OFFICIAL DUTIES as part of military operations at any time on or after the second day of August, nineteen hundred ninety; and (ii) was a legal resident of New York state at the time of military service. c. A member of the armed forces of the United States who: (i) became severely and permanently disabled as a result of injury or illness suffered or incurred during military training operations [in preparation for duty in a combat theater or combat zone of operations] IN THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS OR HER OFFICIAL DUTIES; and (ii) was a legal resident of New York state at the time of military service. d. A member of the state organized militia who: (i) became severely and permanently disabled as a result of injury or illness suffered or incurred during active military service, as defined in subdivision six of section one of the military law related to duty [in a combat theater or combat zone of operations] IN THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS OR HER OFFICIAL DUTIES; and (ii) was a legal resident of New York state at the time of active military service. 2. Amount. The president shall grant annual scholarships in amounts determined in accordance with subdivisions two and three of section six hundred sixty-eight-d of this part. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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