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Bill S3958-2013

Requires regulations to permit tuition waivers for one course for firefighter students in baccalaureate/higher degree CUNY programs

Requires regulations to permit tuition waivers for two courses for firefighter students in baccalaureate/higher degree CUNY programs.

Details

Actions

  • May 21, 2013: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Mar 1, 2013: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Meetings

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Higher Education - May 21, 2013
Ayes (17): LaValle, Flanagan, Gallivan, Grisanti, Maziarz, Ritchie, Robach, Savino, Seward, Valesky, Zeldin, Stavisky, Kennedy, Parker, Rivera, Serrano, Espaillat
Ayes W/R (2): Griffo, Krueger

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3958

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to certain tuition waivers for firefighters and fire officer students of the city university of New York; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE: To allow firefighters and fire officers employed by the New York City Fire Department to attend one course without tuition, at a senior college of the City University System.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill adds a new subdivision (d) to Education Law section 6206 to require the trustees of the City University of New York ("CUNY") to promulgate regulations that would afford firefighters employed by the New York City Fire Department ("FDNY") who are enrolled in a program leading to a baccalaureate or higher degree to attend one course without tuition, provided that such attendance does not deny course attendance by another person who is otherwise qualified under section 6206.

Section 2 of the bill provides that this bill shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed on July 1, 2015.

EXISTING LAW: Currently, police officers employed by the New York City Police Department ("NYPD") who are enrolled in a program leading to a baccalaureate or higher degree are afforded the opportunity to attend one tuition-free course at CUNY. The same opportunity is not afforded to firefighters employed by FDNY who are enrolled in a program leading to a baccalaureate or higher degree.

JUSTIFICATION: In Chapter 548 of the Laws of 2004, the Education Law was amended to afford police officers employed by NYPD who are enrolled in a program leading to a baccalaureate or higher degree to attend one tuition-free course at CUNY. This program was originally set to expire on July 1, 2006. It has been extended three times and is currently set to expire on July 1, 2014.

Firefighters should be afforded the same opportunity. The rationale underlying the program for police officers is equally applicable to firefighters. This underlying rationale "was to provide an incentive for public safety personnel to pursue education early in their careers so that the taxpaying citizens would enjoy the greatest long-term benefit from an educated public safety service."

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.6437 - Referred to Higher Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:: None to the State

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed on July 1, 2015.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3958 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 1, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- 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 certain tuition waiv- ers for firefighters and fire officer students of the city university of New York; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 7 of section 6206 of the education law is amended by adding a new paragraph (d) to read as follows: (D) NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF ANY OTHER GENERAL, SPECIAL OR LOCAL LAW, RULE OR REGULATION, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES SHALL PROMULGATE REGULATIONS TO PERMIT FIREFIGHTERS AND FIRE OFFICERS EMPLOYED BY THE NEW YORK CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT, WHO ARE ENROLLED IN PROGRAMS LEADING TO BACCALAUREATE OR HIGHER DEGREES AT A SENIOR COLLEGE OF THE CITY UNIVER- SITY TO ATTEND ONE COURSE WITHOUT TUITION, PROVIDED THAT SUCH COURSE IS RELATED TO THEIR EMPLOYMENT AS FIREFIGHTERS AND FIRE OFFICERS AND THAT SUCH TUITION-WAIVED ATTENDANCE DOES NOT DENY COURSE ATTENDANCE AT A SENIOR COLLEGE OF THE CITY UNIVERSITY BY AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS OTHERWISE QUALIFIED UNDER THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed July 1, 2015.

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