Bill S3484-2011

Extends provisions relating to a recruitment incentive and retention program for certain active members of the New York army national guard, air national guard and naval militia

Extends provisions of law relating to providing a recruitment incentive and retention program for certain active members of the New York army national guard, New York air national guard, and New York naval militia.

Details

Actions

  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • Jan 4, 2012: returned to senate
  • Jan 4, 2012: died in assembly
  • Mar 14, 2011: referred to education
  • Mar 14, 2011: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Mar 14, 2011: PASSED SENATE
  • Mar 3, 2011: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Mar 2, 2011: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Mar 1, 2011: 1ST REPORT CAL.146
  • Feb 23, 2011: REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

Meetings

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs - Mar 1, 2011
Ayes (14): Ball, Flanagan, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Larkin, McDonald, Zeldin, Addabbo, Avella, Stewart-Cousins, Carlucci, Klein, Savino

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3484

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend chapter 268 of the laws of 1996, amending the education law and the state finance law relating to providing a recruitment incentive and retention program for certain active members of the New York army national guard, New York air national guard, and New York naval militia, in relation to extending the effectiveness of such chapter

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA: This bill would extend from March 31, 2011 until March 31, 2017, the highly successful program established in 1996, which is designed to encourage interest in the Army National Guard, Air National Guard and Naval militia, by offering tuition waivers and incentive benefits in addition to the other current benefits such service personnel may receive. In so doing, New York seeks to continue to increase its preparedness and increase the diversity of its rank and file service members.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The bill would amend chapter 268 of the laws of 1996, which amended section 669-b of the Education Law and section 91-d of the State Finance Law, to continue the highly successful recruitment National Guard incentive and retention program from 2011 until 2017.

JUSTIFICATION: In 1996, the state legislature established the recruitment incentive and retention program for certain active members of the New York Army National Guard, New York Air National Guard and the New York naval militia. This incentive, which provides tuition assistance for these active service personnel, has proven a great benefit in New York's ability to attract and retain soldiers.

These service personnel provide a huge assistance to the state, in every aspect from emergency response, to civil defense, to being activated to serve as front line military, combat personnel during the Global War on Terror. Units from New York have served with great distinction in Iraq, Afghanistan as well as at the World Trade Center Disaster. These brave men and women continually sacrifice to keep New York and its families safe.

This recruitment incentive, which is scheduled to expire this March, is of critical importance to assuring that the necessary strength levels are maintained in these state forces. This bill would extend this important program for an additional six years. In so doing, New York can rest assured that these brave men and women will continue to serve at the extraordinary high quality and force strengths to which we have become accustomed.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: The cost for this program has been included in the Governor's 2011-2012 executive budget.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act would take effect immediately, and will be deemed to have been in full force and effect on April 1, 2011.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3484 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 23, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. BALL -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi- ty and Military Affairs AN ACT to amend chapter 268 of the laws of 1996, amending the education law and the state finance law relating to providing a recruitment incentive and retention program for certain active members of the New York army national guard, New York air national guard, and New York naval militia, in relation to extending the effectiveness of such chapter THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 5 of chapter 268 of the laws of 1996, amending the education law and the state finance law relating to providing a recruit- ment incentive and retention program for certain active members of the New York army national guard, New York air national guard, and New York naval militia, as amended by section 1 of part B of chapter 56 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows: S 5. This act shall take effect January 1, 1997 and shall expire and be deemed repealed March 31, [2011] 2017; provided that any person who has begun to receive the benefits of this act prior to its expiration and repeal shall be entitled to continue to receive the benefits of this act after its expiration and repeal until completion of a baccalaureate degree or cessation of status as an active member, whichever occurs first. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall be deemed to have been in full force and effect on and after April 1, 2011.

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