Relates to awarding high school diplomas to veterans.
Ayes (59): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): Larkin, Little
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to awarding high school diplomas to veterans; and repealing certain provisions of such law relating thereto
PURPOSE: To allow any veteran who has served this nation to be awarded a high school degree based on their knowledge and experience gained while in service.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the education law to allow for any veteran who has served this nation to be awarded a high school degree based on their knowledge and experience gained while in service. Current law allows for a Veteran of World War II, Korean War, and the Vietnam War to be eligible for a high school degree, this section allows all Veterans to be eligible. Section 2 is the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Operation Recognition currently allows World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Veterans to receive their high school diploma. This legislation would expand this program to cover all veterans.
These veterans who served in our military did so to protect our country and deserve the full support of this State. Operation Recognition has been very successful and well received, however it does not cover events that have occurred over the approximate last forty years. Veterans who served since Vietnam deserve the opportunity to receive their High School diploma if they so desire.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6292 IN SENATE January 9, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sens. GRISANTI, AVELLA, BONACIC, DILAN, LATIMER, LIBOUS, MAZIARZ, MONTGOMERY, PARKER, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Home- land Security and Military Affairs AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to awarding high school diplomas to veterans; and repealing certain provisions of such law relating thereto THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivisions 29-a and 29-b of section 305 of the education law are REPEALED, and subdivision 29, as added by chapter 40 of the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows: 29. The commissioner shall develop a program whereby any veteran
[of the armed forces who served in world war II and]WHO HAS SERVED IN THE ACTIVE MILITARY OR NAVAL SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES AND WHO HAS BEEN DISCHARGED FROM SUCH SERVICE UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS, who was unable, for any reason, to complete a secondary education, may be awarded a high school diploma based on knowledge and experience gained while in service. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13253-02-4