Establishes a giving internships for disabled veterans not fully employed program (G.I.V.E Back NY); awards ten percent of available internships in the assembly youth participation program and the senate student program to eligible honorably discharged veterans with service connected disabilities.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the legislative law, in relation to establishing a giving internships for disabled veterans not fully employed program (G.I.V.E. Back NY)
To set aside a percentage of the current Assembly Intern and Youth Participation Program and Senate Student Program positions for service-disabled veterans.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
This measure will add a new Article (Article VIII) to the Legislative Law and establish opportunities for service-disabled veteran to participate in existing internship programs based on the following guidelines:
Eligible candidates will be Honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense who are unemployed or underemployed and have demonstrated an interest in future employment in public service, government or public policy.
Inclusion of (but not limited to) a 10 percent set-aside of in each of the current Assembly Youth Participation Program and Senate Student Program for these eligible veterans.
In the same manner students are recruited for internship programs, the Assembly Intern Office and the Senate Intern Office shall coordinate with each of the respective county veteran's service agencies to identify and recruit eligible candidates.
G.I.V.E. Back NY enrollees receive a stipend of $11,500 for a semester-long program or that amount equal to graduate students participating in the same internship program.
In the year 2014, there are 120 interns in the Assembly Internship program, which is down from 180 interns in 2013. Currently, the Assembly Internship program is open to students matriculated in a four-year college. Undergraduates receive a $4,500 annual stipend ($6,500 for CUNY students) and graduate students earn $11,500. It is budgeted at $929,149 this fiscal year. This program proposes that G.I.V.E. Back NY enrollees receive a stipend of $11,500 for the semester-long program. There will be no additional cost to taxpayers to implement G.I.V.E. Back NY.
As our country continues to rely on our service men and women to protect the ideals of our country, we cannot forget those veterans who have come home to find that integrating back into our workforce and communities poses many challenges.
As a Legislature we have always come together when it comes to those service men and women, whether their service was this year, ten years
ago or sixty years ago. Who better than our wounded warriors to see the inner workings of our republic and representative democracy they put their lives on the line for to the extent that they now have to deal with a lifelong disability?
The discipline and work ethic instilled in these service men and women will prove to be a valuable asset to the New York State Legislature.
None, Budget Neutral
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7626 IN SENATE May 20, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. LARKIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi- ty and Military Affairs AN ACT to amend the legislative law, in relation to establishing a giving internships for disabled veterans not fully employed program (G.I.V.E. Back NY) THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The legislative law is amended by adding a new article 6-B to read as follows: ARTICLE 6-B GIVING INTERNSHIPS FOR DISABLED VETERANS NOT FULLY EMPLOYED PROGRAM (G.I.V.E. BACK NY) SECTION 97. GIVING INTERNSHIPS FOR DISABLED VETERANS NOT FULLY EMPLOYED PROGRAM (G.I.V.E. BACK NY). S 97. GIVING INTERNSHIPS FOR DISABLED VETERANS NOT FULLY EMPLOYED PROGRAM (G.I.V.E. BACK NY). 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE LEGISLATURE A G.I.V.E. BACK NY PROGRAM TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE-DISABLED VETERANS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ASSEMBLY YOUTH PARTIC- IPATION PROGRAM AND THE SENATE STUDENT PROGRAM. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL AWARD TEN PERCENT OF AVAILABLE INTERNSHIPS IN THE ASSEMBLY YOUTH PARTICIPATION PROGRAM AND THE SENATE STUDENT PROGRAM TO ELIGIBLE HONORABLY DISCHARGED VETERANS WITH SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITIES. VETERANS WHO ARE AWARDED INTERNSHIPS PURSUANT TO THE G.I.V.E. BACK NY PROGRAM SHALL RECEIVE A STIPEND THAT IS EQUIVALENT TO THE STIPEND AWARDED TO GRADUATE STUDENT PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASSEMBLY YOUTH PARTICIPATION PROGRAM AND SENATE STUDENT PROGRAM FOR A ONE SEMESTER INTERNSHIP. 2. TO BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE G.I.V.E. BACK NY PROGRAM, A CANDIDATE SHALL: (A) BE HONORABLY DISCHARGED FROM THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES WITH SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITIES AS DETERMINED BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS OR THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE;EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14703-01-4 S. 7626 2
(B) BE UNEMPLOYED OR UNDEREMPLOYED; (C) HAVE DEMONSTRATED AN INTEREST IN FUTURE EMPLOYMENT IN PUBLIC SERVICE, GOVERNMENT OR PUBLIC POLICY; AND (D) SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE G.I.V.E. BACK NY PROGRAM TO THE SENATE OR ASSEMBLY. SUCH APPLICATION SHALL BE MADE IN A MANNER AND FORM AS DETERMINED BY THE SENATE AND THE ASSEMBLY. 3. IN AN EFFORT TO FOSTER AND ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION IN THE G.I.V.E. BACK NY PROGRAM, THE ASSEMBLY INTERN OFFICE AND THE SENATE INTERN OFFICE SHALL COORDINATE WITH EACH OTHER AND WITH COUNTY VETERANS' SERVICES AGENCIES TO IDENTIFY AND RECRUIT ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.