Bill S7239-2011

Removes financial disincentives for voluntary public library system and reference and research library resources system mergers

Removes financial disincentives for voluntary public library system and reference and research library resources system mergers.

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  • Oct 3, 2012: VETOED MEMO.171
  • Sep 21, 2012: DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • Jun 19, 2012: returned to senate
  • Jun 19, 2012: passed assembly
  • Jun 19, 2012: ordered to third reading rules cal.366
  • Jun 19, 2012: substituted for a10347
  • Jun 13, 2012: referred to ways and means
  • Jun 13, 2012: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 13, 2012: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 13, 2012: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1250
  • Jun 13, 2012: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jun 5, 2012: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • May 2, 2012: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Education - Jun 5, 2012
Ayes (17): Flanagan, Lanza, LaValle, Marcellino, Maziarz, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Saland, Seward, Oppenheimer, Addabbo, Avella, Breslin, Montgomery, Serrano, Stavisky, Huntley
Excused (1): Farley

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7239

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to state aid to libraries and library systems

PURPOSE: This bill would eliminate the financial disincentive under the current state aid formulas for the merging of library systems.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill adds a new paragraph (o) to 273(1) Education Law to provide that any new public library system established through merger on or after April 1, 2012 shall continue to receive at least the same level of funding annually as the component systems would have received individually as of the fiscal year immediately preceeding the year in which the merger was approved.

Section 2 of the bill adds a new paragraph (d) to 273(4) Education Law to provide that any new reference and research library resources system established through merger on or after April 1, 2012 shall continue to receive at least the same level of funding annually as the component systems would have received individually as of the fiscal year immediately preceeding the year in which the merger was approved.

JUSTIFICATION: New York currently has 23 public library systems and 9 reference and research library systems which provide a variety of services to numerous local libraries. These systems play an important role in ensuring the availability of library services throughout the State, and work closely with local libraries to assist them with their needs. Some systems have considered the possibility of merging in order to operate more efficiently and effectively and to retain or expand their services. However, under the current state aid formulas, systems which merge would receive less state aid than the component systems would receive if they remained separate entities. This bill would preserve current levels of state aid for library systems that merge, thereby eliminating a potential financial disincentive for such mergers.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State, as merged systems would continue to receive the same level of state aid as the component systems had received separately.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7239 IN SENATE May 2, 2012 ___________
Introduced by Sen. FARLEY -- 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 state aid to libraries and library systems THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 273 of the education law is amended by adding a new paragraph o to read as follows: O. ANY NEW PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM ESTABLISHED THROUGH MERGER ON OR AFTER APRIL FIRST, TWO THOUSAND TWELVE, SHALL RECEIVE NO LESS STATE FORMULA AID THAN THE COMPONENT PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEMS WERE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE UNDER THIS SECTION AND SECTIONS TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY-TWO AND TWO HUNDRED EIGHTY-FIVE OF THIS PART IN THE FISCAL YEAR IMMEDIATELY PRECEED- ING THE YEAR IN WHICH SUCH MERGER IS APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER. S 2. Subdivision 4 of section 273 of the education law is amended by adding a new paragraph d to read as follows: D. ANY NEW REFERENCE AND RESEARCH LIBRARY RESOURCES SYSTEM ESTABLISHED THROUGH MERGER ON OR AFTER APRIL FIRST, TWO THOUSAND TWELVE, SHALL RECEIVE NO LESS STATE FORMULA AID THAN THE COMPONENT REFERENCE AND RESEARCH LIBRARY RESOURCES SYSTEMS WERE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE UNDER THIS SECTION AND SECTION TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY-TWO OF THIS PART IN THE FISCAL YEAR IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE YEAR IN WHICH SUCH MERGER IS APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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