Bill S5343-2011

Creates an option for those submitting applications to submit an affirmation in lieu of an oath

Allows those submitting applications to the department of education under title eight of the education law to submit an affirmation in lieu of an oath.

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Actions

  • Aug 1, 2012: SIGNED CHAP.306
  • Jul 20, 2012: DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • Jun 14, 2012: returned to senate
  • Jun 14, 2012: passed assembly
  • Jun 14, 2012: ordered to third reading rules cal.184
  • Jun 14, 2012: substituted for a8321
  • Mar 14, 2012: referred to codes
  • Mar 14, 2012: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Mar 14, 2012: PASSED SENATE
  • Mar 12, 2012: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Mar 7, 2012: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Mar 6, 2012: 1ST REPORT CAL.311
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Jan 4, 2012: returned to senate
  • Jan 4, 2012: died in assembly
  • Jun 15, 2011: referred to higher education
  • Jun 15, 2011: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 15, 2011: PASSED SENATE
  • May 23, 2011: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • May 18, 2011: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • May 17, 2011: 1ST REPORT CAL.748
  • May 10, 2011: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Higher Education - May 17, 2011
Ayes (17): LaValle, Flanagan, Griffo, Grisanti, Maziarz, Ritchie, Robach, Seward, Zeldin, Stavisky, Kennedy, Krueger, Oppenheimer, Parker, Rivera, Serrano, Carlucci
Ayes W/R (1): Alesi
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Higher Education - Mar 6, 2012
Ayes (17): LaValle, Alesi, Flanagan, Griffo, Grisanti, Maziarz, Ritchie, Robach, Seward, Zeldin, Stavisky, Kennedy, Krueger, Parker, Rivera, Serrano, Carlucci
Excused (1): Oppenheimer

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5343

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the education law, in relation to authorizing those submitting applications to the education department pursuant to title eight of the education law to submit an affirmation in lieu of oath

PURPOSE OF THE BILL:

To remove a barrier to the electronic filing of applications under Title 8 of the Education Law by authorizing the use of affirmations certifying that statements are true under penalty of perjury in lieu of a statement sworn under oath, thereby making the filing of such applications less burdensome and more efficient for both the applicants and the education department.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS OF THE BILL:

Section 1 of this proposal would add a new section 6501-b to the Education Law to provide that any application required under Title 8 of the Education Law to be filed with the Department may, in lieu of being certified or sworn under oath, be subscribed by the applicant and affirmed by the applicant as true under penalties of perjury.

Section 2 is the effective date.

STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL:

Under existing law, applications for professional licensure submitted pursuant to Education Law §6501 must meet the requirements of General Obligations Law §3-503, which requires applicants to certify in a written statement under oath their personal status with regards to certain child support conditions. Further, Education Law §6808, relating to applications for the renewal of pharmacy registrations, requires pharmacy owners to report under oath, facts requested by the State Board of Pharmacy. State Technology Law §304 authorizes agency use of electronic signatures, unless specifically provided otherwise by law. The proposed amendments are necessary in order for the Office of Professions to utilize electronic signatures to increase efficiency while continuing to protect the public against misrepresentations in applications for professional licenses and pharmacy registrations.

An application for licensure or registration is sworn for the purpose of impressing upon the oath giver the need for honesty. The Department supports this intent. The use of an affirmation under penalties of perjury performs the same function. Furthermore, the Department is working toward an online application system. The use of that system will significantly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the license application process, especially if the applicants are able to sign their applications electronically. Signatures submitted electronically are legally binding to the same extent as handwritten signatures.

The substitution of an affirmation for an oath is not new to the law. Civil Practice Law and Rules §2106, for example, provides for such substitution for any statement filed in an action by an attorney, physician, osteopath or dentist who is not a party to the action. Additionally, the Department of State has been authorized to accept affirmations in lieu of oaths for licenses or registrations filed with that Department.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS OF THE BILL:

The enactment of this proposal will result in savings to the Department.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new proposal.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5343 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 10, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- (at request of the State Education Depart- ment) -- 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 authorizing those submitting applications to the education department pursuant to title eight of the education law to submit an affirmation in lieu of oath 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 6501-b to read as follows: S 6501-B. AFFIRMATION OF APPLICATIONS. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, ANY APPLICATION REQUIRED BY THIS TITLE TO BE FILED WITH THE DEPARTMENT MAY, IN LIEU OF BEING CERTIFIED OR SWORN UNDER OATH, BE SUBSCRIBED BY THE APPLICANT AND AFFIRMED BY THE APPLICANT AS TRUE UNDER PENALTIES OF PERJURY. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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