Grants a waiver of half of the civil service examination fee for veterans.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the civil service law, in relation to granting a waiver of half of the civil service examination fee to veterans
PURPOSE: To provide the waiver of half of the fee for civil service tests for all veterans, combat and non-combat related. It would enable more veterans, including disabled veterans to take advantage of civil service exams at a reduced rate.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would amend the civil service law by adding a new section 50-d to partially waive the fee for civil service exams. The veteran would have to provide proof of being a member of the armed forces by producing a DD form 214 or similar document as proof of such status.
EXISTING LAW: There is not a waiver of fees for civil service exams for veterans under current law.
JUSTIFICATION: Processing fees for civil service exams can be prohibitive, ranging from $15 to $35. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau Statistics, the unemployment rate for veterans who recently came home from Iraq and Afghanistan has reached 14.6 percent. Unemployment among New York veterans tops 7 percent. In New York City, an estimated 17,300 veterans are unemployed. Unemployment among New York City veterans increased by an estimated 4,700 from last year. Veterans are our heroes who have sacrifice their lives to defend our freedom and our liberty. New York State has an obligation to provide employment opportunities for our veterans and reducing the fees for civil service tests is a concrete way to thank them for their service by alleviating the financial hardships for fees incurred in taking civil service tests.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.6375 Referred to Civil Service and Pensions Committee
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined. It must be noted that this measure would allow more veterans to enter into the workforce thereby contributing to the local and state economy.
EFFECTIVE DATE: On the 120th day after it has become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3390 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 1, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. ADDABBO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions AN ACT to amend the civil service law, in relation to granting a waiver of half of the civil service examination fee to veterans THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The civil service law is amended by adding a new section 50-d to read as follows: S 50-D. CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION FEE; WAIVER FOR VETERANS. 1. THE PRESIDENT, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT, SHALL ESTABLISH A PROGRAM WAIVING HALF OF THE CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION FEE FOR VETERANS AS DEFINED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION TWENTY-SIX HUNDRED THIRTY-TWO OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW. 2. THE WAIVER, GRANTED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, SHALL BE ADMINISTERED BY THE PRESIDENT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEPART- MENT. EACH SUCH PERSON SHALL BE GRANTED A WAIVER FOR A MAXIMUM OF TWO APPLICATIONS FILED, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE, TO COMPETE IN AN EXAMINATION FOR A POSITION IN A COMPETITIVE OR NON-COMPET- ITIVE CLASS OF CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYMENT IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK OR ANY OF ITS SUBDIVISIONS, OR IN A LABOR CLASS WHEN EXAMINATION FOR APPOINT- MENT IS REQUIRED. 3. THE PRESIDENT SHALL ESTABLISH AND PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE PURPOSE OF ESTABLISHING AND CARRYING OUT SUCH CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION FEE WAIVER PROGRAM. SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS SHALL REQUIRE THE PRESENTATION OF DD FORM 214 OR ANY OTHER SUCH DOCUMENT AS PROOF OF SUCH PERSON'S STATUS AS A VETERAN. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend- ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen- tation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made on or before such date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00034-02-3