Creates a regents large animal veterinarian loan forgiveness program; establishes the number, criteria and notification requirements to receive an award under such program; establishes such awards shall be awarded annually to veterinarians who agree to practice in large animal veterinarian medicine.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to creating a regents large animal veterinarian loan forgiveness program
PURPOSE: To establish a loan forgiveness program for large animal veterinarians who graduate from hew York State colleges and universities as an incentive to remain in the state to serve high-need areas.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends Section 605 of the Education law by adding a new Subdivision 13 to prescribe the loan forgiveness program's eligibility, selection, notification, reporting and service requirements.
Section 2 provides the allowed number of awards to be issued each year, how award amounts will be calculated, and how such awards will be disbursed.
Section 3 Provides the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Since 1990, the number of veterinarians specializing in large animal veterinary care has dropped to fewer than 4,500 from nearly 6,000, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The AVMA also estimates that such doctors now make up less than 10 percent of private practice veterinarians nationwide. Left unchecked, this situation could have serious consequences not only for the well-being of farmers and animals, but also potentially for food safety and the impact of non-native diseases like avian influence.. Cost management for graduates is critical when veterinary students leave school with up to $100,000 in debt. While some say annual sal=r4=s can eventually equal that number, the median starting salary for large-animal veterinarians is only about $60,500 - approximately $11,000 less than that of small-animal veterinarians. This is because small-animal practices are more profitable, and therefore more lucrative. Char' coupled with the fact that many students relocate to different states after obtaining degrees from Cornell University and other reputable 'Pew York institutions, legislation of this caliber is necessary to make sure our agricultural industries remain viable and among the best in the country.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011/2012 - A. 358 - Referred to Higher Education 2009/2010 - S.2884 / A.5957 - Referred to Higher Education 2007/2008 - S.7466A / A.8574 - Referred to higher Education
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: The first of July next succeeding the date the bill becomes law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6225 IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 8, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. RITCHIE -- 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 creating a regents large animal veterinarian loan forgiveness program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 605 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 13 to read as follows: 13. REGENTS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIAN LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM. REGENTS VETERINARIAN LOAN FORGIVENESS AWARDS SHALL BE AWARDED ANNUALLY TO LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIANS WHO AGREE TO PRACTICE VETERINARY MEDICINE IN AN AREA OF NEW YORK STATE DESIGNATED BY THE REGENTS AS HAVING A SHOR- TAGE OF LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIANS. SUCH AWARDS SHALL BE CLASSIFIED AND ALLOCATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH REGENTS RULES. A. ELIGIBILITY. (1) THE APPLICANT MUST BE A RESIDENT OF NEW YORK STATE AND LICENSED TO PRACTICE VETERINARY MEDICINE. (2) THE APPLICANT MUST HAVE COMPLETED A PROFESSIONAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM WITHIN THE FIVE YEARS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE PERIOD FOR WHICH THE FIRST AWARD WOULD BE GRANTED, OR BE WITHIN TWO YEARS OF COMPLETION OF AN ACCREDITED RESIDENCY PROGRAM IN LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY MEDICINE. (3) THE APPLICANT MUST AGREE TO PRACTICE LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY MEDI- CINE IN AN AREA IN NEW YORK STATE DESIGNATED AS HAVING A SHORTAGE OF LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIANS. THE REGENTS, AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONERS OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS AND HEALTH, SHALL DESIGNATE THOSE REGIONS AND FACILITIES OF NEW YORK STATE WHICH HAVE A SHORTAGE OF LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIANS FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION AND ESTAB- LISH RELATIVE RANKINGS THEREOF. B. SELECTION. THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONERS OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS AND HEALTH, SHALL ESTABLISH CRITERIA FOR THE SELECTION OF PARTICIPANTS IN THE PROGRAM. AN APPLICANT MUST SATISFY AT LEAST ONE OF THE CRITERIA ESTABLISHED. A PRIORITY SHALL BE ACCORDED TO ANY APPLICANT WHO IS COMPLETING THE SECOND YEAR OF THE SERVICE REQUIRE-EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04919-01-3 S. 6225 2
MENT AND IS REAPPLYING FOR A NEW AWARD. THE CRITERIA SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING: (I) REAPPLICATION FOR A NEW AWARD BY A PERSON WHO IS COMPLETING THE SECOND YEAR OF A SERVICE REQUIREMENT; (II) RECEIPT OF SPECIFIC TRAINING IN LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY MEDICINE; (III) RECEIPT OF SPECIFIC TRAINING OR EXPERIENCE IN SERVING A SHORTAGE AREA; (IV) RECEIPT OF SPECIFIC TRAINING OR EXPERIENCE MATCHING A SPECIFIC LARGE ANIMAL MEDICAL NEED EXISTING IN A SHORTAGE AREA; AND (V) AGREEMENT PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH D OF THIS SUBDIVISION TO PRACTICE IN AN AREA DETERMINED BY THE REGENTS TO HAVE A SEVERE SHORTAGE OF LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY SERVICES. C. NOTIFICATION. (1) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL THEN FORWARD APPROVED APPLICATIONS TO THE PRESIDENT AND SHALL NOTIFY UNSUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS. (2) THE PRESIDENT SHALL VERIFY THE APPROVED APPLICANTS': (I) ELIGIBILITY; AND (II) TOTAL UNDERGRADUATE AND VETERINARY MEDICAL SCHOOL STUDENT EXPENSE; (3) THE PRESIDENT SHALL NOTIFY APPLICANTS OF THEIR AWARD ENTITLEMENT. D. SERVICE REQUIREMENT. WITHIN SUCH TIME AS THE COMMISSIONER SHALL BY REGULATION PROVIDE, A RECIPIENT OF AN AWARD SHALL HAVE AGREED TO PRAC- TICE LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY MEDICINE IN A SPECIFIC AREA DESIGNATED AS HAVING A SHORTAGE OF LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIANS FOR A PERIOD OF TWELVE MONTHS FOR EACH ANNUAL PAYMENT TO BE RECEIVED BY THE RECIPIENT. LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIANS IN TRAINING WHO RECEIVE AN AWARD SHALL NOT RECEIVE CREDIT TOWARD THEIR REQUIRED SERVICE FOR TIME SPENT IN A TRAINING PROGRAM. IN NO CASE SHALL THE TOTAL NUMBER OF MONTHS OF SERVICE REQUIRED BE LESS THAN TWENTY-FOUR. THE PRESIDENT SHALL, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER, DEVELOP AND SECURE FROM EACH AWARD RECIPIENT, A WRITTEN AGREEMENT TO: (I) PRACTICE LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY MEDICINE IN THE DESIGNATED SHORT- AGE AREA; (II) TO PROVIDE THIRTY-FIVE HOURS PER WEEK OF DIRECT ANIMAL CARE IN THE DESIGNATED SHORTAGE AREA BEING SERVED, OR TO THE DESIGNATED ANIMAL POPULATION BEING SERVED. IF A RECIPIENT FAILS TO COMPLY FULLY WITH SUCH CONDITIONS, THE PRESIDENT SHALL BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE FROM SUCH RECIPI- ENT AN AMOUNT TO BE DETERMINED BY THE FORMULA: A = 2B (T-S) ___ T IN WHICH "A" IS THE AMOUNT THE PRESIDENT IS ENTITLED TO RECOVER; "B" IS THE SUM OF ALL PAYMENTS MADE TO THE RECIPIENT AND THE INTEREST ON SUCH AMOUNT WHICH WOULD BE PAYABLE IF AT THE TIMES SUCH AWARDS WERE PAID THEY WERE LOANS BEARING INTEREST AT THE MAXIMUM PREVAILING RATE; "T" IS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF MONTHS IN THE RECIPIENT'S PERIOD OF OBLIGATED SERVICES; AND "S" IS THE NUMBER OF MONTHS OF SERVICE ACTUALLY RENDERED BY THE RECIPIENT. ANY AMOUNT WHICH THE PRESIDENT IS ENTITLED TO RECOVER UNDER THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL BE PAID WITHIN THE FIVE-YEAR PERIOD BEGINNING ON THE DATE THAT THE RECIPIENT FAILED TO COMPLY WITH THIS SERVICE CONDI- TION. NOTHING IN THE WRITTEN AGREEMENT SHALL AFFECT THE TERMS OF EMPLOY- MENT OF THE INDIVIDUAL WHO SHALL NEGOTIATE, SEPARATE AND APART FROM THE PROGRAM, HIS OR HER SALARY AND OTHER FORMS OF EMPLOYMENT WITH AN AGENCY, INSTITUTION OR A PROGRAM IN WHICH HE OR SHE SHALL BE EMPLOYED. ANY OBLI- GATION TO COMPLY WITH SUCH PROVISIONS AS OUTLINED IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE CANCELLED UPON THE DEATH OF THE RECIPIENT. THE COMMISSIONER SHALLS. 6225 3
MAKE REGULATIONS TO PROVIDE FOR THE WAIVER OR SUSPENSION OF ANY FINAN- CIAL OBLIGATION WHICH WOULD INVOLVE EXTREME HARDSHIP. E. REPORTING. A RECIPIENT OF AN AWARD SHALL REPORT ANNUALLY TO THE NEW YORK STATE HIGHER EDUCATION SERVICES CORPORATION, THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ON FORMS PRESCRIBED BY THE PRESIDENT, AS TO THE PERFORMANCE OF THE REQUIRED SERVICES, COMMENCING WITH THE CALENDAR YEAR IN WHICH THE RECIPIENT BEGINS TO PRAC- TICE LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY MEDICINE IN A SHORTAGE AREA AND CONTINUING UNTIL THE RECIPIENT SHALL HAVE COMPLETED, OR IT IS DETERMINED THAT HE OR SHE SHALL NOT BE OBLIGATED TO COMPLETE, THE REQUIRED SERVICES. IF THE RECIPIENT SHALL FAIL TO FILE ANY REPORT REQUIRED HEREUNDER WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF WRITTEN NOTICE TO THE RECIPIENT, MAILED TO THE ADDRESS SHOWN ON THE LAST APPLICATION FOR AN AWARD OR LAST REPORT FILED, WHICHEVER IS LATER, THE PRESIDENT OF THE CORPORATION MAY IMPOSE A FINE OF UP TO ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE PRESIDENT SHALL HAVE THE DISCRETION TO WAIVE THE FILING OF A REPORT, EXCUSE A DELAY IN FILING OR A FAILURE TO FILE A REPORT, OR WAIVE OR REDUCE ANY FINE IMPOSED FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN. F. OTHER AWARDS. AWARD RECIPIENTS SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR ONE ADDITIONAL AWARD. S 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 672-c to read as follows: S 672-C. REGENTS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIAN LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM. 1. NUMBER AND CERTIFICATION. EIGHTY REGENTS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIAN LOAN FORGIVENESS AWARDS SHALL BE AWARDED EACH YEAR. SUCH AWARDS SHALL BE ALLOCATED AS PROVIDED IN ARTICLE THIRTEEN OF THIS TITLE TO ELIGIBLE LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIANS AS CERTIFIED TO THE PRESIDENT BY THE COMMIS- SIONER. 2. CALCULATION OF AWARD AMOUNTS. EACH AWARD SHALL CONSIST OF TWO CONSECUTIVE ANNUAL LOAN FORGIVENESS PAYMENTS. EACH OF THE ANNUAL PAYMENTS SHALL BE FOR AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE TOTAL OF UNDERGRADUATE AND VETERINARY MEDICAL SCHOOL STUDENT LOAN EXPENSE OR TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS, WHICHEVER IS LESS. THE PRESIDENT SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CALCULATING THE DOLLAR AMOUNT OF EACH AWARD THAT ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES MAY RECEIVE FROM THIS PROGRAM. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, STUDENT LOAN EXPENSE SHALL MEAN THE CUMULATIVE TOTAL OF THE ANNUAL STUDENT LOANS COVERING THE COST OF ATTENDANCE AT AN UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION AND/OR VETERINARY MEDICAL SCHOOL. INTEREST PAID OR DUE ON STUDENT LOANS THAT AN APPLICANT HAS TAKEN OUT FOR USE IN PAYING FOR SUCH UNDERGRADUATE AND/OR VETERINARIAN MEDICAL EDUCATION SHALL BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE FOR REIMBURSEMENT UNDER THIS PROGRAM. 3. AWARD DISBURSEMENT. A. ANNUAL AWARD DISBURSEMENTS SHALL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PRESIDENT AND SHALL OCCUR PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF EACH OF THE REQUIRED TERMS OF SERVICE AS SPECIFIED IN THE SERVICE CONTRACT. THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION SERVICES CORPO- RATION SHALL ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS REGARDING CRITERIA FOR DETER- MINING SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE SERVICE CONTRACT AND ANY APPEAL PROCESS THAT MAY BE REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT THIS PARAGRAPH UPON RECOMMEN- DATION OF THE PRESIDENT IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER. B. THE DISBURSEMENT OF THE SECOND ANNUAL AWARD SHALL BE DEPENDENT UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE FIRST YEAR REQUIREMENT OF THE SERVICE CONTRACT AS DEFINED BY THE PRESIDENT AS WELL AS OTHER CRITERIA SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION. S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.