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Bill S5283-2013

Relates to state appropriations to the state university of New York and the city university of New York

Relates to state appropriations to the state university of New York and the city university of New York.

Details

Actions

  • Jun 6, 2013: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • May 15, 2013: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Meetings

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Higher Education - Jun 4, 2013
Ayes (19): LaValle, Flanagan, Gallivan, Griffo, Grisanti, Maziarz, Ritchie, Robach, Savino, Seward, Valesky, Zeldin, Stavisky, Kennedy, Krueger, Parker, Rivera, Serrano, Espaillat

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5283

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to state appropriations to the state university of New York and the city university of New York

PURPOSE:

Clarifies that the SUNY health science centers are included in the maintenance of effort provision pursuant to Chapter 260 of the Laws of 2011.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Amends section 355 of the education law by adding SUNY health science centers to clarify that these facilities are included in the SUNY's maintenance of effort provision.

JUSTIFICATION:

State support for SUNY's health science centers was created more than 20 years ago to recognize that the State has a responsibility to at least partially compensate these hospitals for their service to indigent populations and for the role they play in providing unique life-saving services not generally offered by private hospitals. These include burn units serving as the poison control centers and the major trauma centers for their regions and other vital services. Moreover, they fulfill an important academic mission in producing many of the State's physicians and other medical professionals.

While SUNY's hospitals are a major part of the State University and play a critical role in providing essential health care services to the State and communities that they serve, the State has consistently reduced funding to these institutions over the last decade. In 2010, state support was reduced by almost 47 percent. These cuts have placed these institutions in serious financial jeopardy and have threatened their ability to carry out their health care service and academic missions. The enactment of this legislation is necessary to clarify that the Legislature intended for the health science centers to be part of the State's maintenance of effort provision pursuant to the NY SUNY 2020 legislation enacted in 2011, so that at a minimum, they will receive prior year levels of funding from the State. While this legislation will not solve the financial problems of these institutions, it is desperately needed to help stop the bleeding of state disinvestment to these critical state facilities.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the amendments to subparagraph 4 of paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section 355 of the education law, made by section one of this act shall not affect the expiration of such subparagraph and shall be deemed to expire therewith.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 5283 A. 7403 2013-2014 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y May 15, 2013 ___________
IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Educa- tion IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. GLICK, JACOBS, ROBERTS, LUPARDO, MOSLEY, DUPREY, MILLMAN, MARKEY -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ABBATE, BRENNAN, CAHILL, COLTON, COOK, DIPIETRO, GABRYSZAK, GIBSON, GOTTFRIED, JAFFEE, MAGEE, ROSA, SCARBOROUGH, WEINSTEIN -- read once and referred to the Committee on Higher Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to state appropriations to the state university of New York and the city university of New York THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Clause (iii) of subparagraph 4 of paragraph h of subdivi- sion 2 of section 355 of the education law, as amended by chapter 260 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: (iii) The state shall appropriate annually and make available general fund operating support, including fringe benefits, for the state univer- sity in an amount not less than the amount appropriated and made avail- able to the state university in state fiscal year two thousand eleven-- two thousand twelve. Beginning in state fiscal year two thousand twelve-two thousand thirteen and thereafter, the state shall appropriate and make available general fund operating support, including fringe benefits, for the state university AND THE STATE UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCE CENTERS in an amount not less than the amount appropriated and made available in the prior state fiscal year; provided, however, that if the governor declares a fiscal emergency, and communicates such emer- gency to the temporary president of the senate and speaker of the assem- bly, state support for operating expenses at the state university and
city university may be reduced in a manner proportionate to one another, and the aforementioned provisions shall not apply. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the amend- ments to subparagraph 4 of paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section 355 of the education law, made by section one of this act shall not affect the expiration of such subparagraph and shall be deemed to expire there- with.

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