Authorizes boards of cooperative educational services to enter into contracts with public libraries for high-speed telecommunications services.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to authorizing boards of cooperative educational services to enter into contracts with public libraries for high-speed telecommunications services
PURPOSE: To grant to any Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), the ability to enter into contracts with public or association libraries or library systems to provide telecommunications services.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends paragraph h of subdivision 4 of section 1950 of education law by adding a new subparagraph 6 which grants to boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES) the ability to enter into contracts with public or association libraries or library systems to provide telecommunications services.
EXISTING LAW: Currently BOCES are not authorized to enter into these types of contracts.
JUSTIFICATION: Many BOCES have invested significant sums of money. in developing their own telecommunications networks including high-speed Internet service. Public libraries, throughout the State have a similar need to access telecommunication services including high speed Internet services, but have not been able to invest the money needed to create their own systems. This measure would allow libraries to access already established telecommunication services and to share the costs of maintaining such a system at a reduced cost for both parties in the contract.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: 464B passed Assembly/S1573A committed to Rules 2009-10: A739A referred to Education/S684A referred to Education 2007-08: A6592 held in Education/S2082 passed Senate
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Effective 120 days after it has become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5706 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 6, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to authorizing boards of cooperative educational services to enter into contracts with public libraries for high-speed telecommunications services THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph h of subdivision 4 of section 1950 of the educa- tion law is amended by adding a new subparagraph 11 to read as follows: (11) TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS WITH INDIVIDUAL PUBLIC LIBRARIES OR PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEMS FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING HIGH-SPEED TELECOM- MUNICATIONS SERVICES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, HIGH-SPEED INTERNET SERVICES. ANY SUCH PROPOSED CONTRACT SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF THE COMMISSIONER, WHO MAY ONLY APPROVE SUCH PROPOSED CONTRACT WHEN, IN SUCH COMMISSIONER'S OPINION, SUCH CONTRACT: (A) WILL RESULT IN A MORE ECONOMICAL UTILIZATION OF EXISTING BOARDS OF COOPER- ATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES HIGH-SPEED TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES OR RESOURCES THAN WOULD BE ACHIEVED WERE SUCH CONTRACT NOT APPROVED; (B) WILL NOT DISRUPT THE LEVEL OF SERVICES TO COMPONENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS; AND (C) WILL RESULT IN A MORE ECONOMICAL UTILIZATION OF EXISTING LIBRARY RESOURCES. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ISSUE A FINDING, IN WRITING, MAKING ANY DETERMINATION PURSUANT TO THIS SUBPARAGRAPH. SUCH SERVICES TO PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND LIBRARY SYSTEMS SHALL BE PROVIDED AT COST AND SHALL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR AID PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION FIVE OF THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02853-03-3