Establishes an international division within the department of state to establish and maintain international sister state relationships.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, the education law and the economic development law, in relation to establishing an international division within the department of state
PURPOSE: To establish an International Division of the Department of State to establish and maintain International Sister States relationships
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends Section 92 of the Executive Law to include the director of the International Division as one of the appointees of the Secretary of State. A new section 108 is added to the Executive Law to establish the new international division within the Department of State. It defines the role of the division to be soliciting, establishing and maintaining sister state relation between New York and states in other countries. This will be done through a partnership with the department of economic development by establishing a network of information resources. The focus will be on international exchange of commerce, education, and culture.
Section 2 of the bill amends Section 355 of the Education Law to direct the State University Trustees to work in cooperation with the international division to establish, facilitate and maintain the exchange of students and faculty with such sister states.
Section 3 of the bill adds Section 226 to the Economic Development Law to provide that the provisions of Article 10 (International Trade) shall be implemented by the Commissioner of Economic Development in consultation with the international division.
Section 4 of the bill provides that the act shall take effect immediately.
JUSTIFICATION: A Sister State Program was enacted in the State of Maryland in 1980 to establish a forum for cooperation and to build mutual understanding. It serves as a conduit for cultural, commercial and economic exchange between states from different countries and the state of Maryland. Maryland has ten sister states in ten different countries (China. France, Liberia, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Poland, Belgium, Brazil, and South Korea). Other states also adopted a Sister State Program, including Wisconsin, Idaho, Iowa, Arkansas, Ohio, and Hawaii.
The State of Maryland benefits from foreign investment to boost its economy. According to the International Trade Administration, in
2008, foreign-controlled companies employed 108,600 Maryland workers. Major sources of foreign investment in Maryland in 2008 included Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada, and France. Foreign investment in Maryland was responsible for 5.1 percent of the state's total private-industry employment in 2008. The state's largest market in 2009 was Canada, which received exports of $1.3 billion, or 14% of the state's 2009 total. Canada was followed by China ($566 million). Egypt ($478 million), Mexico ($430 million), and Sweden ($399 million).
New York State had previous experience with a similar program under Governor Mario Cuomo. The program was called the "International Partner Program" and it was administered by the New York State Department of Economic Development. The program had a great success and built partnerships with states from China, Israel, Italy, and Poland. However, the program stopped after Governor Mario Cuomo left office in 1994.
Given the economic potentials of the State of New York, the Sister State Program would be invaluable in promoting trade and economic development with foreign states. Building on the existing robust foreign investment arena, New York can increase its share of foreign investment-related employment by attracting business from foreign states with a high economic potential. The international division will coordinate this exchange by reaching out to states that have the potential to invest in New York. Further, the same division will serve as the mediator between the different state and local commissions, agencies, and authorities and the foreign investors to facilitate the administrative procedures.
The Sister States Program can also build on the cosmopolitan nature of New York State to establish a bridge between the US and the rest of the world. The cultural exchange that this division will undertake is critical to building mutual understanding. New York State has always been a place where different cultures and faiths coexisted. This division shall spread this spirit of tolerance to other parts of the world and build stronger cultural' ties with foreign states.
The division will also serve as an international education pioneer for New York State. Through a partnership with the State University of New York International Program Office, the division will break new ground to attract students from local universities of partnering states to boost an already outstanding international program that currently attracts 16,000 international students. Further, the division will work with existing programs at SUNY to attract scholars and professors from foreign universities to enrich the educational system of SUNY and promote its scientific research programs.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4565 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 12, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. FARLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the executive law, the education law and the economic development law, in relation to establishing an international division within the department of state THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 92 of the executive law is amended and a new section 108 is added to read as follows: S 92. Deputies. The secretary of state shall appoint a deputy, who may perform all the duties of the secretary of state. Any such deputy shall receive an annual salary to be fixed by the secretary of state within the amount appropriated therefor. The secretary of state may also appoint and fix the compensation of such other deputies, assistants and employees as he OR SHE shall deem necessary, AND INCLUDING A DIRECTOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL DIVISION, AS ESTABLISHED BY SECTION ONE HUNDRED EIGHT OF THIS ARTICLE, within the amount appropriated therefor and prescribe their powers and duties. S 108. INTERNATIONAL DIVISION. 1. THERE IS ESTABLISHED AN INTERNA- TIONAL DIVISION WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE. THE SECRETARY OF STATE SHALL PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT AND OPERATION OF SUCH DIVISION, AND SHALL APPOINT A DIRECTOR TO SUPERVISE THE OPERATION OF SUCH DIVISION AND ITS EMPLOYEES. 2. THE INTERNATIONAL DIVISION SHALL SOLICIT, ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN SISTER STATE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE STATE OF NEW YORK AND STATES IN OTHER COUNTRIES. FOR EACH OF THIS STATE'S INTERNATIONAL SISTER STATES, THE INTERNATIONAL DIVISION SHALL ACT AS THE CONDUIT BETWEEN THE GOVERNOR AND THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF EACH SISTER STATE. 3. THE INTERNATIONAL SISTER STATE PROGRAM SHALL, IN COOPERATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR THE PURPOSES OF IMPLEMENTING ARTICLE TEN OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LAW, ESTABLISH AN ACTIVE NETWORKEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08305-01-1 S. 4565 2
TO OPERATE A CLEARINGHOUSE FOR INFORMATION RESOURCES BETWEEN THIS STATE AND EACH SISTER STATE. THE NETWORK SHALL BE DESIGNED TO PROMOTE INTERNA- TIONAL EXCHANGES OF COMMERCE, EDUCATION AND CULTURE. 4. THE INTERNATIONAL DIVISION SHALL ASSIST AND WORK IN COOPERATION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK TO ESTABLISH, FACILITATE AND MAINTAIN THE EXCHANGE OF STUDENTS AND FACULTY OF THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY WITH THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES OF SISTER STATES. 5. THE INTERNATIONAL DIVISION MAY ESTABLISH INTERNATIONAL SISTER STATE RELATIONSHIPS UPON ITS OWN INITIATIVE OR UPON REQUEST OF ANY INDIVIDUAL OR ENTITY. S 2. Section 355 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 20 to read as follows: 20. THE STATE UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES SHALL WORK IN COOPERATION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE TO ESTABLISH, FACILI- TATE AND MAINTAIN THE EXCHANGE OF STUDENTS AND FACULTY OF STATE-OPERATED INSTITUTIONS WITH COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES OF THE STATE'S SISTER STATES. S 3. The economic development law is amended by adding a new section 226 to read as follows: S 226. COOPERATION WITH INTERNATIONAL DIVISION. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE IMPLEMENTED BY THE COMMISSIONER AND THE DEPARTMENT IN CONSULTATION AND COOPERATION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.