Authorizes volunteer fire and ambulance companies to receive grants for local government records management improvement.
Ayes (58): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (3): Espaillat, Hassell-Thomps, Smith
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the arts and cultural affairs law, in relation to authorizing volunteer fire and ambulance companies to receive grants for local government records management improvement
To allow local volunteer fire and ambulance companies to apply for records management grants from the local government records management improvement fund.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 is a statement of legislative intent.
Section 2 of the bill amends section 57.35 of the arts and cultural affairs law to authorize the commissioner of education to award grants for records management improvement to volunteer fire companies and ambulance companies.
Section 3 of the bill authorizes promulgation of rules and regulations by the commissioner of education.
Section 4 of the bill is the effective date.
Volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance companies provide vital services to their local communities. These not-for-profit volunteer emergency response organizations work closely with officials in their respective localities and help lessen the burdens of our local governments. However, these organizations are not considered local governments for purposes of the records management improvement grant program. As a result, under current law, volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance companies are not eligible for this beneficial grant program.
In volunteer emergency response organizations, best practices call for proper organization, retention and management of various records and documents. These records can include active member lists, documentation relating to length of service award programs, budgets, and mutual aid agreements - to name just a few. Adequate resources are required for proper administration of these documents. By making volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance companies eligible for the records management improvement grant program, this legislation can help these important not-for-profit organizations operate more effectively and efficiently in our local communities.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3646--B Cal. No. 142 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 8, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. MAZIARZ, FELDER, O'BRIEN, RANZENHOFER, RITCHIE, SAVINO, SEWARD, YOUNG -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation -- recommitted to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, passed by Senate and delivered to the Assembly, recalled, vote reconsidered, restored to third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the arts and cultural affairs law, in relation to authorizing volunteer fire and ambulance companies to receive grants for local government records management improvement THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The legislature hereby finds and declares that volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance companies perform vital services for the municipalities they serve. These not-for-profit volunteer emer- gency response organizations serve a meaningful public purpose by help- ing to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of our citizens. Further, these organizations work collaboratively with municipal officials in their respective localities and help to reduce the burdens on our local governments. The records of volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance compa- nies are important since they indicate the relationship, rights and responsibilities with respect to the communities they serve. And, proper records management assists municipalities and emergency response organ- izations with their legal obligations under the general municipal law. In addition, these records make appropriate information available to the public and to municipal officials with respect to fire and emergencyEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07892-05-4 S. 3646--B 2
services, and also reflect the historical development of the communities served by such volunteer fire and ambulance companies. For these reasons, the legislature hereby further finds and declares that not-for- profit volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance companies should be eligible for the records management improvement grant program in order to help them operate more effectively and efficiently in our local communities. S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 57.35 of the arts and cultural affairs law, as amended by chapter 203 of the laws of 1995, is amended to read as follows: 1. The commissioner of education, upon consultation with the local government records advisory council, is authorized to award grants for records management improvement as specified in sections 57.19, 57.25, 57.29 and 57.31 of this
[chapter]ARTICLE to individual local govern- ments, groups of cooperating local governments and local governments that have custody of court records and for records management improve- ment for supreme court records in the custody of the counties of New York, Kings, Queens, Richmond, and Bronx and in accordance with subdivi- sion two-a of this section, records under the jurisdiction of the department of records and information services of the city of New York or its successor agency and the city clerk of the city of New York, AND TO FIRE COMPANIES AND VOLUNTARY AMBULANCE SERVICES AS SUCH TERMS ARE DEFINED IN SECTION ONE HUNDRED OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW. S 3. The commissioner of education is hereby authorized and directed to promulgate any rules or regulations necessary to effectuate the provisions of this act. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.