Provides that elementary and secondary school teachers may ride public transportation to and from school at no charge; requires schools to provide identification cards.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to enabling elementary and secondary school teachers to use public transportation to ride to and from school at no charge
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To allow elementary and secondary school teachers to ride public transportation to and from school at no charge.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends the education law by adding a new section 3036. This section allows elementary and secondary school teachers to ride public transportation free of charge on one round-trip to and from school on any workday. The bill also provides that each school district shall provide suitable identification to enable teachers to use the benefits provided under this bill.
EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER: Currently, all riders must pay subway or bus fares. Failure to pay constitutes theft of services as defined in the penal law section 165.15(3).
JUSTIFICATION: Teachers in New York state currently must travel to and from school each weekday during the school year. Those who travel by means of public transportation are not eligible for fare reductions or discounts. Students are eligible for bus passes and reduced fares but the teachers who instruct them must pay for each ride on public transportation. Recruiting and retaining qualified teachers must be a priority if New York state is to provide students at all academic levels with a quality education. Further, a highly educated workforce is one way to encourage employers to locate in New York rather than another state. Governor Pataki has proposed a number of financial incentives designed to attract new teachers and retain current personnel. These initiatives include: tuition reimbursement, fellowships, stipends and recruitment scholarships. While this bill is modest by comparison it does represent an attempt to alleviate one financial disadvantage faced by teachers in New York state. In addition, providing elementary and secondary school-teachers with free fares will encourage more use of public transportation which will result in less air and noise pollution and reduce traffic congestion in urban areas of our state.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.2494 of 2008 01/09/08 REFERRED TO EDUCATION S.1619 of 2011 01/10/11 REFERRED TO EDUCATION 01/04/12 REFERRED TO EDUCATION
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: Unknown at present time.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first day of the calendar month next succeeding the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 661 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. SAMPSON -- 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 enabling elementary and secondary school teachers to use public transportation to ride to and from school at no charge 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 3036 to read as follows: S 3036. PROVISION FOR TEACHER USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM SCHOOL AT NO CHARGE. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS AND SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS SHALL BE ENTI- TLED TO THE USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION WITHOUT CHARGE FOR NO MORE THAN ONE ROUND-TRIP DAILY ON ANY WORKDAY FROM THEIR RESIDENCES TO THE SCHOOLS IN WHICH THEY ARE EMPLOYED AND FROM SUCH SCHOOLS TO THEIR RESIDENCES. EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL PROVIDE A SUITABLE IDENTIFICATION CARD TO EACH OF SUCH OF ITS TEACHERS IN ORDER FOR THE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM UTILIZED TO BE ABLE TO DETERMINE SUCH TEACHERS' ENTITLEMENT TO THIS BENEFIT. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of the calendar month next succeeding the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01799-01-3