Bill S4914C-2013

Requires colleges, vocational institutions and other approved programs to provide credits or exemptions for comparable military training

Requires colleges, vocational institutions and other approved programs to provide credits or exemptions for comparable military training; provides for expedited application for admission to the practice of a profession by a veteran or a veteran's spouse; relates to motor vehicle inspector certification and mechanic qualifications, certification of responder or emergency medical technicians, licensure of master electricians and plumber certification.

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  • Feb 7, 2014: PRINT NUMBER 4914C
  • Feb 7, 2014: AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • Feb 4, 2014: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • Jun 21, 2013: COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jun 12, 2013: AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 4914B
  • Jun 4, 2013: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 3, 2013: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • May 30, 2013: 1ST REPORT CAL.934
  • May 10, 2013: PRINT NUMBER 4914A
  • May 10, 2013: AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • May 1, 2013: REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

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BILL NUMBER:S4914C                REVISED 6/16/14

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to course credit for veterans, articulation between military and civilian professional careers and application for admission to practice of a profession by a veteran or a veteran's spouse; to amend the general business law, in relation to licensing, certification and registration for veterans and veteran's spouses; to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to providing motor vehicle inspector certification and mechanic qualifications; to amend the public health law, in relation to certification of responder or emergency medical technicians; to amend the county law, in relation to licensure of master electricians; and to amend the general city law, in relation to plumber certification

PURPOSE:

To require colleges, vocational institutions and other approved programs to provide credits or exemptions for comparable military training, and to provide for articulations by the commissioner of education, the director of veterans affairs and the secretary of state to allow former military personal and their spouses to be admitted to practice professions and receive equivalent licensing, certification and registrations.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section One - states this bill would add a new section 669-e to the education law to provide that every veteran who is enrolled on a fulltime basis as an undergraduate student in good standing, at an institution within the state university system, shall upon application and approval of the chancellor, or his or her designee, be granted up to six academic credits per semester towards his or her degree for completion of courses that were part of such veteran's military training or service. In determining the approval of such veteran's application, the chancellor, or his or her designee, shall consider the standards of the American council on education. No lee, tuition or other charge shall be assessed against a veteran who qualifies for such credit pursuant to this section.

Section Two - amends section 6505-c of the education law to expand the currently required Articulation between military and civilian professional careers to include programs which may provide, where applicable, equivalent education and training for those professions which would promote the economic development, job creation or technological advancement of business in the state of New York, and to further provide that in their determination of which military programs provide equivalent education and training, the commissioner and the director shall consider the standards of the American council on education.

Section Three - states this bill would add a new section 6505-d to the education law, to expand the articulation performed for veterans under section 6505-c to practice of a profession by spouse of a veteran.

Section Four - states this bill would add a new Article 2-A to the general business law to provide the same articulation performed for veterans and veterans spouses under section 6505-c and 6505-d of the education law, to be performed by the secretary of state with respect to licensing, certification and registration under the general business law.

Section Five - amends section 304-a of the vehicle and traffic law, to provide that the commissioner of motor vehicles may, by regulation, establish standards of competency and fitness for certification as an inspector; provided, however, that any person who was a member of the armed forces of the United States, national and or reserves and who by military training and practice acquired the skills of a motor vehicle inspector shall be certified by the commissioner as an inspector.

Section Six - amends section 398-d of the vehicle and traffic law, to provide that every person who was a member of the armed forces of the United States, national guard or reserves and who by military training and practice acquires the skills of a motor vehicle mechanic shall be deemed to be qualified to perform work upon motor vehicles at motor vehicle repair shops.

Section Seven - amends section 3002 of the public health law, to provide that any person who was a member of the armed forces of the United States, national guard or reserves and who by military training and practice was a medic or corpsman shall be certified, without examination, by the state council and regional councils as a first responder or emergency medical technician.

Section Eight - amends section 236-a of the county law, to provide that the counties of Dutchess and Westchester shall provide for the licensing, without examination, as a master electrician of any person who was a member of the armed forces of the United States, national guard or reserves and who by military training and practice acquired the skills of an electrician.

Section Nine - amends the general city law, to provide that any person who was a member of the armed forces of the United States, national guard or reserves and who by military training and practice acquired the skills of a plumber shall be certified as competent without examination.

JUSTIFICATION: Recently discharged military service members are frequently delayed in obtaining post-Service employment, even though they have applicable military education, training and experience which can qualify them for licenses and/or provide academic credit toward degree requirements. The Department of Defense of Military Services provide each Service member a transcript of their experience and training; however, these transcripts are not always adequate for civilian institutions to assess for possible academic credit and by licensing boards to assess for license requirements. This bill would allow Service members to obtain credit toward occupational licenses based on their military education, training and experience.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None noted.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act would take effect on the first of January next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4914--C 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 1, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. BALL, ADDABBO, AVELLA, CARLUCCI, GRISANTI, HASSELL- THOMPSON, LANZA, MAZIARZ, NOZZOLIO, SAMPSON, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs -- 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, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading -- recommitted to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- reported favorably from said committee and committed to the Committee on Finance -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to course credit for veterans, articulation between military and civilian professional careers and application for admission to practice of a profession by a veteran or a veteran's spouse; to amend the general business law, in relation to licensing, certification and registration for veterans and veteran's spouses; to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to providing motor vehicle inspector certification and mechanic quali- fications; to amend the public health law, in relation to certif- ication of responder or emergency medical technicians; to amend the county law, in relation to licensure of master electricians; and to amend the general city law, in relation to plumber certification THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 669-e to read as follows: S 669-E. COURSE CREDIT FOR VETERANS. 1. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE TERM "VETERAN" MEANS A PERSON, MALE OR FEMALE, RESIDENT OF THIS STATE, WHO HAS SERVED IN THE ACTIVE MILITARY OR NAVAL SERVICE OF THE
UNITED STATES DURING A WAR IN WHICH THE UNITED STATES WAS ENGAGED AND WHO HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM SUCH SERVICE BY ANY MEANS OF AN HONORABLE OR GENERAL DISCHARGE, OR WHO HAS BEEN FURLOUGHED TO THE RESERVE. 2. EVERY VETERAN WHO IS ENROLLED ON A FULL-TIME BASIS AS AN UNDERGRAD- UATE STUDENT IN GOOD STANDING, AT AN INSTITUTION WITHIN THE STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM, SHALL UPON APPLICATION AND APPROVAL OF THE CHANCEL- LOR, OR HIS OR HER DESIGNEE, BE GRANTED UP TO SIX ACADEMIC CREDITS PER SEMESTER TOWARDS HIS OR HER DEGREE FOR COMPLETION OF COURSES THAT WERE PART OF SUCH VETERAN'S MILITARY TRAINING OR SERVICE. IN DETERMINING THE APPROVAL OF SUCH VETERAN'S APPLICATION, THE CHANCELLOR, OR HIS OR HER DESIGNEE, SHALL CONSIDER THE STANDARDS OF THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCA- TION. NO FEE, TUITION OR OTHER CHARGE SHALL BE ASSESSED AGAINST A VETER- AN WHO QUALIFIES FOR SUCH CREDIT PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION. 3. THE CHANCELLOR OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK MAY PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS AS ARE NECESSARY TO FULLY IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. S 2. Section 6505-c of the education law, as added by chapter 106 of the laws of 2003, is amended to read as follows: S 6505-c. Articulation between military and civilian professional careers. 1. The commissioner shall develop, jointly with the director of the division of veterans' affairs, a program to facilitate articulation between participation in the military service of the United States or the military service of the state and admission to practice of a profes- sion. The commissioner and the director shall identify, review and eval- uate professional training programs offered through either the military service of the United States or the military service of the state which may, where applicable, be accepted by the department as equivalent education and training in lieu of all or part of an approved program. Particular emphasis shall be placed on the identification of military programs which have previously been deemed acceptable by the department as equivalent education and training, programs which may provide, where applicable, equivalent education and training for those professions which are critical to public health and safety and programs which may provide, where applicable, equivalent education and training for those professions for which shortages exist in the state of New York, AND PROGRAMS WHICH MAY PROVIDE, WHERE APPLICABLE, EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS WHICH WOULD PROMOTE THE ECONOMIC DEVELOP- MENT, JOB CREATION OR TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT OF BUSINESS IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK. 2. The commissioner and the director shall prepare a list of those military programs which have previously been deemed acceptable by the department as equivalent education and training in lieu of all or part of an approved program no later than the thirtieth of August, two thou- sand three. On and after such date, such list shall be made available to the public and applicants for admission to practice of a profession. 3. The commissioner and the director shall prepare a list of those military programs which may provide, where applicable, equivalent educa- tion and training for those professions which are critical to public health and safety, programs which may provide, where applicable, equiv- alent education and training for those professions for which shortages exist in the state of New York, PROGRAMS WHICH MAY PROVIDE, WHERE APPLI- CABLE, EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS WHICH WOULD PROMOTE THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION OR TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT OF BUSINESS IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK and any other military programs which may, where applicable, be accepted by the department as equivalent education and training in lieu of all or part of an approved
program no later than the thirty-first of October, two thousand three. On and after such date, such list shall be made available to the public and applicants for admission to practice of a profession. 4. Such lists shall be prepared annually no later than the thirtieth of June thereafter with additions and deletions made jointly by the commissioner and the director and made available to the public and applicants for admission to practice of a profession on such date. 5. IN THEIR DETERMINATION PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION OF WHICH MILITARY PROGRAMS PROVIDE EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING, SO AS TO BE ACCEPTED BY THE DEPARTMENT AS EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN LIEU OF ALL OR PART OF AN APPROVED PROGRAM, THE COMMISSIONER AND THE DIRECTOR SHALL CONSIDER THE STANDARDS OF THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION. S 3. The education law is amended by adding a new section 6505-d to read as follows: S 6505-D. APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE PRACTICE OF A PROFESSION BY A VETERAN OR A SPOUSE OF A VETERAN. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROVIDE FOR AN EXPEDITED APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE PRACTICE OF A PROFESSION BY A VETERAN OR A SPOUSE OF A VETERAN. SUCH APPLICATION SHALL BE DETER- MINED BY THE COMMISSIONER WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF THE FILING OF THE APPLI- CATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER BY THE VETERAN OR SPOUSE OF A VETERAN. IN MAKING THE DETERMINATION FOR THE VETERAN, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL, IN ADDITION TO THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF THE VETERAN, ALSO CONSIDER THE EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF THE VETERAN, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION SIXTY-FIVE HUNDRED FIVE-C OF THIS SUBARTICLE. IN MAKING THE DETERMINATION FOR THE VETERAN'S SPOUSE, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL CONSIDER THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF THE VETERAN'S SPOUSE, TOGETHER WITH ANY EQUIVALENT EDUCATION, TRAINING, PAST ADMISSION OR PAST PRACTICE OF SUCH SPOUSE OF SUCH PROFESSION IN ANOTHER JURISDICTION, TOGETHER WITH THE STANDARDS OF THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION. IF THE COMMISSIONER DETERMINES THAT THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF THE VETERAN OR THE VETER- AN'S SPOUSE, AND/OR THEIR PAST ADMISSION OR PAST PRACTICE IN ANOTHER JURISDICTION, IS ESSENTIALLY EQUIVALENT TO THE REQUIREMENTS NECESSARY FOR ADMISSION TO PRACTICE THE PROFESSION IN NEW YORK STATE, THEN THE COMMISSIONER SHALL GRANT SUCH VETERAN OR VETERAN'S SPOUSE ADMISSION TO PRACTICE THE PROFESSION IN NEW YORK STATE. S 4. The general business law is amended by adding a new article 2-A to read as follows: ARTICLE 2-A LICENSING, CERTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION FOR VETERANS AND VETERAN SPOUSES SECTION 20-A. ARTICULATION BETWEEN MILITARY AND CIVILIAN PROFESSIONAL CAREERS. 20-B. APPLICATION FOR LICENSING, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION TO PRACTICE A PROFESSION BY A VETERAN OR A SPOUSE OF A VETERAN. S 20-A. ARTICULATION BETWEEN MILITARY AND CIVILIAN PROFESSIONAL CAREERS. 1. THE SECRETARY OF STATE SHALL DEVELOP, JOINTLY WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS, A PROGRAM TO FACILITATE ARTICULATION BETWEEN PARTICIPATION IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OR THE MILITARY SERVICE OF THE STATE AND THE LICENSING, CERTIF- ICATION AND REGISTRATION FOR VETERANS TO PRACTICE ANY PROFESSION LICENSED, CERTIFIED OR REGISTERED PURSUANT TO THIS CHAPTER. THE SECRE- TARY AND THE DIRECTOR SHALL IDENTIFY, REVIEW AND EVALUATE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS OFFERED THROUGH EITHER THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OR THE MILITARY SERVICE OF THE STATE WHICH MAY, WHERE APPLICABLE, BE ACCEPTED BY THE DEPARTMENT AS EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN
LIEU OF ALL OR PART OF AN APPROVED PROGRAM. PARTICULAR EMPHASIS SHALL BE PLACED ON THE IDENTIFICATION OF MILITARY PROGRAMS WHICH HAVE PREVIOUSLY BEEN DEEMED ACCEPTABLE BY THE DEPARTMENT AS EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING, PROGRAMS WHICH MAY PROVIDE, WHERE APPLICABLE, EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS WHICH ARE CRITICAL TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY AND PROGRAMS WHICH MAY PROVIDE, WHERE APPLICA- BLE, EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS FOR WHICH SHORTAGES EXIST IN THE STATE AND PROGRAMS WHICH MAY PROVIDE, WHERE APPLICABLE, EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS WHICH WOULD PROMOTE THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION OR TECHNOLOG- ICAL ADVANCEMENT OF BUSINESS IN THE STATE. 2. THE SECRETARY AND THE DIRECTOR SHALL PREPARE A LIST OF THOSE MILI- TARY PROGRAMS WHICH HAVE PREVIOUSLY BEEN DEEMED ACCEPTABLE BY THE DEPARTMENT AS EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN LIEU OF ALL OR PART OF AN APPROVED PROGRAM NO LATER THAN JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN. ON AND AFTER SUCH DATE, SUCH LIST SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC AND APPLICANTS FOR ADMISSION TO PRACTICE OF A PROFESSION. 3. THE SECRETARY AND THE DIRECTOR SHALL PREPARE A LIST OF THOSE MILI- TARY PROGRAMS WHICH MAY PROVIDE, WHERE APPLICABLE, EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS WHICH ARE CRITICAL TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY, PROGRAMS WHICH MAY PROVIDE, WHERE APPLICABLE, EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS FOR WHICH SHORTAGES EXIST IN THE STATE, PROGRAMS WHICH MAY PROVIDE, WHERE APPLICABLE, EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS WHICH WOULD PROMOTE THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION OR TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT OF BUSI- NESS IN THE STATE AND ANY OTHER MILITARY PROGRAMS WHICH MAY, WHERE APPLICABLE, BE ACCEPTED BY THE DEPARTMENT AS EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN LIEU OF ALL OR PART OF AN APPROVED PROGRAM NO LATER THAN THE THIRTY-FIRST OF OCTOBER, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN. ON AND AFTER SUCH DATE, SUCH LIST SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC AND APPLICANTS FOR THE LICENSING, CERTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION TO THE PRACTICE OF A PROFES- SION. 4. SUCH LISTS SHALL BE PREPARED ANNUALLY NO LATER THAN THE THIRTIETH OF JUNE THEREAFTER WITH ADDITIONS AND DELETIONS MADE JOINTLY BY THE SECRETARY AND THE DIRECTOR AND MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC AND APPLI- CANTS FOR THE LICENSING, CERTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION TO THE PRACTICE OF A PROFESSION ON SUCH DATE. 5. IN THEIR DETERMINATION PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION OF WHICH MILITARY PROGRAMS PROVIDE EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING, SO AS TO BE ACCEPTED BY THE DEPARTMENT AS EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN LIEU OF ALL OR PART OF AN APPROVED PROGRAM, THE SECRETARY AND THE DIRECTOR SHALL CONSIDER THE STANDARDS OF THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION. S 20-B. APPLICATION FOR LICENSING, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION TO PRACTICE A PROFESSION BY A VETERAN OR A SPOUSE OF A VETERAN. THE SECRE- TARY OF STATE SHALL PROVIDE FOR AN EXPEDITED APPLICATION FOR LICENSING, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION TO THE PRACTICE OF A PROFESSION BY A VETERAN OR A SPOUSE OF A VETERAN. SUCH APPLICATION SHALL BE DETERMINED BY THE SECRETARY WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF THE FILING OF THE APPLICATION WITH THE SECRETARY BY THE VETERAN OR SPOUSE OF A VETERAN. IN MAKING THE DETERMINATION FOR THE VETERAN, THE SECRETARY SHALL, IN ADDITION TO THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF THE VETERAN, ALSO CONSIDER THE EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF THE VETERAN, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION TWEN- TY-A OF THIS ARTICLE. IN MAKING THE DETERMINATION FOR THE VETERAN'S SPOUSE, THE SECRETARY SHALL CONSIDER THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF THE VETERAN'S SPOUSE, TOGETHER WITH ANY EQUIVALENT EDUCATION, TRAINING, PAST LICENSING, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION OR PAST PRACTICE OF SUCH SPOUSE
OF SUCH PROFESSION IN ANOTHER JURISDICTION, TOGETHER WITH THE STANDARDS OF THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION. IF THE SECRETARY DETERMINES THAT THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF THE VETERAN OR THE VETERAN'S SPOUSE, AND/OR THEIR PAST LICENSING, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION OR PAST PRAC- TICE IN ANOTHER JURISDICTION, IS ESSENTIALLY EQUIVALENT TO THE REQUIRE- MENTS NECESSARY FOR LICENSING, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION TO PRACTICE THE PROFESSION IN THE STATE, THEN THE SECRETARY SHALL GRANT SUCH VETERAN OR VETERAN'S SPOUSE LICENSING, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION TO PRACTICE SUCH PROFESSION. S 5. Subdivision (c) of section 304-a of the vehicle and traffic law, as added by chapter 61 of the laws of 1989, is amended to read as follows: (c) The commissioner may, by regulation, establish standards of compe- tency and fitness for certification as an inspector; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ANY PERSON WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, NATIONAL GUARD OR RESERVES AND WHO BY MILITARY TRAINING AND PRACTICE ACQUIRED THE SKILLS OF A MOTOR VEHICLE INSPECTOR SHALL BE CERTIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER AS AN INSPECTOR. S 6. Section 398-d of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new subdivision 8 to read as follows: 8. ANY PERSON WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, NATIONAL GUARD OR RESERVES, AND WHO BY MILITARY TRAINING AND PRACTICE ACQUIRES THE SKILLS OF A MOTOR VEHICLE MECHANIC, SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE QUALIFIED TO PERFORM WORK UPON MOTOR VEHICLES AT MOTOR VEHICLE REPAIR SHOPS. S 7. Subdivision 2 of section 3002 of the public health law, as amended by chapter 580 of the laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows: 2. The state council shall have the power, by an affirmative vote of a majority of those present, subject to approval by the commissioner, to enact, and from time to time, amend and repeal, rules and regulations establishing minimum standards for ambulance services, ambulance service certification, advanced life support first response services, the provision of prehospital emergency medical care, public education, the development of a statewide emergency medical services system, the provision of ambulance services outside the primary territory specified in the ambulance services' certificate and the training, examination, and certification of certified first responders, emergency medical tech- nicians, and advanced emergency medical technicians; provided, however, that such minimum standards must be consistent with the staffing stand- ards established by section three thousand five-a of this article. Such training shall be made available by video or computer to the maximum extent possible. [Until January first, nineteen hundred ninety-seven, no minimum standards shall be established for services provided by a volun- tary ambulance service operating solely pursuant to a statement of registration issued under section three thousand four.] The curriculum for certified first responder training shall not exceed fifty-one hours including prerequisites. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS ARTICLE TO THE CONTRARY, ANY PERSON WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, NATIONAL GUARD OR RESERVES, AND WHO BY MILITARY TRAINING AND PRACTICE WAS A MEDIC OR CORPSMAN, SHALL BE CERTIFIED, WITH- OUT EXAMINATION, BY THE STATE COUNCIL AND REGIONAL COUNCILS AS A FIRST RESPONDER OR EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN. The state council shall have the same powers granted to regional councils by this article in any region of the state in which a regional council has not been estab- lished.
S 8. Subdivision 1 of section 236-a of the county law, as amended by chapter 343 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows: 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of the general city law or any other law to the contrary, the counties of Dutchess and Westchester are each hereby authorized to establish a county board of examiners for master electricians and to empower such board to assume all licensing duties within each such county with respect to the licensure of master electri- cians. PROVIDED, THAT SUCH COUNTIES SHALL PROVIDE FOR THE LICENSING, WITHOUT EXAMINATION, AS A MASTER ELECTRICIAN OF ANY PERSON WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, NATIONAL GUARD OR RESERVES, AND WHO BY MILITARY TRAINING AND PRACTICE ACQUIRED THE SKILLS OF AN ELECTRICIAN. The counties of Dutchess and Westchester shall provide for master electrician's duties and responsibilities in accord- ance with the local law of each such county. S 9. Section 45 of the general city law is amended to read as follows: S 45. Examinations; conducting business without certificate prohibit- ed. A person desiring or intending to conduct the trade, business or calling of a plumber or of plumbing in a city of this state as employing or master plumber, shall be required to submit to an examination before such examining board of plumbers as to his experience and qualifications for such trade, business or calling, and it shall not be lawful in any city of this state for a person to conduct such trade, business or call- ing, unless he shall have first obtained a certificate of competency from such board of the city in which he conducts or proposes to conduct such business. PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ANY PERSON WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, NATIONAL GUARD OR RESERVES, AND WHO BY MILITARY TRAINING AND PRACTICE ACQUIRED THE SKILLS OF A PLUMBER, SHALL BE CERTIFIED AS COMPETENT WITHOUT EXAMINATION. S 10. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law, provided, however, that section one of this act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law; provided, that, effective immediately, any rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be amended, added and/or repealed on or before such date.

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