Relates to amending the effective date of chapter 386 of the laws of 1996 for allowing state aid in certain circumstances.
Ayes (60): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Storobin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): Huntley, Krueger
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend chapter 386 of the laws of 1996, amending the education law relating to providing for a waiver allowing state aid in certain circumstances, in relation to the effective date of such chapter
PURPOSE: The legislation would prevent unintentional loss in state aid to central libraries and public library systems.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends Section 2 of Chapter 386 of the Laws of 1996, relating to providing for a waiver allowing State Aid in certain circumstances, as amended by Chapter 2 of the Laws of 2011. This amendment to Education Law 272 (1)(j)(3) and (4) will make permanent the authority of the Education Commissioner to grant waivers to public library systems and central libraries of public library systems from local maintenance of effort requirements in specific circumstances including extraordinary changes in local or state conditions or natural disasters. The Commissioner's authority to grant such waivers was recently extended to January 1, 2015 in Chapter 2 of the Laws of 2011.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill will make permanent the ability of the Education Commissioner to grant waivers to public library systems and/or central libraries from local maintenance of effort requirements under specific circumstances as outlined in Education Law 272 (1)(j). Public library systems and/or central libraries would otherwise be penalized with a loss of 25% of their allocated State Aid for failing to meet MOE requirements. This loss of State Aid funding would have a crippling effect on a public library system's ability to deliver services to local public libraries and to targeted populations such as persons who are disabled, persons who speak English as a second language, the incarcerated, the institutionalized or the unemployed. The waiver process has worked well since it was first instituted, and making it permanent in Education Law would avoid any gap which is what happened in 2010 when Governor Paterson vetoed the Article VII bill.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4102 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 17, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. FARLEY, DeFRANCISCO, GRIFFO, JOHNSON, LARKIN, MAZIARZ, RANZENHOFER, SEWARD, ZELDIN -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend chapter 386 of the laws of 1996, amending the education law relating to providing for a waiver allowing state aid in certain circumstances, in relation to the effective date of such chapter THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 2 of chapter 386 of the laws of 1996, amending the education law relating to providing for a waiver allowing state aid in certain circumstances, as amended by chapter 2 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: S 2. This act shall take effect immediately, provided that the provisions of this act shall be deemed to have been in full force and effect on and after January 1, 1996
[, and provided, further that this act shall be deemed repealed on and after January 1, 2015]. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09987-01-1