Authorizes the board of education of any school district in the state to enter into a contract for the sale of advertising space on the exterior sides of school buses owned or leased by the school district; advertisements for tobacco or alcohol products or for political advocacy are prohibited; all advertisements require prior approval by the local board of education; revenue retained by the school district making such contract; provisions do not apply to cities with a population of one million or more.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to advertising on the exterior sides of school buses
PURPOSE: This legislation would allow boards of educations to enter into contracts for the sale or lease of advertising on the exterior sides of school buses owned or leased by the school district.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill would allow boards of educations to enter into contracts for the sale or lease of advertising on the exterior sides of school buses owned or leased by the school district. Further this legislation states that certain ads shall be prohibited, and gives the commissioner the ability to deem certain products or services as inappropriate to be advertised. This legislation states further that all advertisements shall require the prior approval of the local board of education. It explains that revenue will be retained by the school district. This legislation provides an exemption for cities with a population of one million or more.
Section 2 is the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: At a time when Our School Districts are facing unprecedented cuts in education funding we need to look at alternative means for bringing in revenues. Some states, including New Jersey have enacted laws allowing school districts to sell advertisement space on school buses. Selling or leasing advertising space is a creative way to allow school districts to raise revenue to support important scholastic activities.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3229--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 14, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. GRISANTI, GALLIVAN, LARKIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Educa- tion -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to advertising on the exterior sides of school buses 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 3638 to read as follows: S 3638. ADVERTISING ON SCHOOL BUSES. 1. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF ANY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE STATE MAY ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR THE SALE OF ADVERTISING SPACE ON THE EXTERIOR SIDES OF SCHOOL BUSES OWNED OR LEASED BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, SUBJECT TO THE LIMITATIONS SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION. 2. ADVERTISEMENTS FOR TOBACCO OR ALCOHOL PRODUCTS OR FOR POLITICAL ADVOCACY SHALL BE PROHIBITED, IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER ADVERTISEMENTS FOR PRODUCTS OR SERVICES OR BY SPONSORS THAT THE COMMISSIONER DEEMS INAPPROPRIATE. 3. ALL ADVERTISEMENTS SHALL REQUIRE PRIOR APPROVAL BY THE LOCAL BOARD OF EDUCATION. 4. REVENUE DERIVED FROM ADVERTISEMENT CONTRACTS SHALL BE RETAINED BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT MAKING SUCH CONTRACT. 5. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO CITIES WITH A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08451-02-1