Shortens the time frame within which a meeting may be called to vote on consolidation of school districts after qualified voters have not voted in favor of consolidation.
Ayes (11): Flanagan, Farley, Lanza, Marcellino, Maziarz, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Saland, Seward, Serrano, Stavisky
Ayes W/R (5): LaValle, Oppenheimer, Addabbo, Avella, Breslin
Nays (1): Montgomery
Excused (1): Huntley
Ayes (41): Adams, Alesi, Ball, Bonacic, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Duane, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Johnson, Klein, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Parker, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Seward, Skelos, Storobin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (16): Addabbo, Avella, Breslin, Dilan, Espaillat, Gianaris, Huntley, Kennedy, Krueger, Peralta, Perkins, Rivera, Serrano, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin
Excused (5): Farley, Hassell-Thomps, Libous, Oppenheimer, Smith
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to proceedings at meetings to consolidate school districts
PURPOSE: This bill would allow a re-vote on a school consolidation within 60 days of the original vote.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends subdivision 1 of section 1512 of the education law to allow a re-vote on school consolidation within 60 days of original vote.
EXISTING LAW: Current law does not allow a re-vote to take place prior to one year.
JUSTIFICATION: A study found that districts with less than 1,500 students (which makes up about half of the school districts in New York State) are likely to cut per-pupil costs significantly by consolidating. In today's economy, school districts need to look at all options. The possible savings coupled with potential academic benefits warrant consolidation being encouraged in the state.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6691 IN SENATE March 9, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. GRIFFO -- 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 proceedings at meet- ings to consolidate school districts THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 1512 of the education law, as amended by chapter 461 of the laws of 1996, is amended to read as follows: 1. Such meeting shall be organized as provided in section fifteen hundred twenty-three OF THIS ARTICLE. Such meeting may adopt a resol- ution to consolidate such districts if two-thirds of the qualified elec- tors of each district having less than fifteen of such electors are present, or in case of districts having fifteen or more qualified elec- tors if ten or more are present. The vote upon such resolution shall be by ballot or by taking and recording the ayes and noes. If the vote shall be by taking and recording the ayes and noes, the clerk and such assistants as may be provided for him OR HER by the meeting shall keep a poll-list upon which shall be recorded the names of all qualified elec- tors voting upon the resolution, the districts in which such electors reside, and how each elector voted. If the vote shall be by ballot, one or more inspectors of election shall be appointed in such manner as the meeting shall determine, who shall receive the votes cast, canvass the same and announce the result of the ballot to the chairman. If the vote shall be by ballot then voting machines may be used in the manner prescribed by section two thousand thirty-five of this chapter and provision shall be made for absentee ballots as provided in section two thousand eighteen-a or two thousand eighteen-b of this chapter. If it shall appear that a majority of the qualified electors present and voting from each district are in favor of such resolution, it shall be declared adopted and where at least one of the districts consolidated is a union free school district it shall be lawful for such meeting there- after to proceed to the election of a board of education as provided in sections seventeen hundred two and seventeen hundred four of this chap-EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14347-01-2 S. 6691 2
ter. If a majority of the qualified electors present and voting from each district are not in favor of such resolution, all further proceedings at such meeting, except a motion to reconsider or adjourn, shall be dispensed with and no such meeting shall be again called within
[one year thereafter]SIXTY DAYS OF SUCH VOTE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.