Requires the state library to be open for at least eight hours each day on five days every week.
Ayes (16): Flanagan, Farley, Lanza, Marcellino, Maziarz, Robach, Saland, Seward, Oppenheimer, Addabbo, Avella, Breslin, Montgomery, Serrano, Stavisky, Huntley
Ayes W/R (2): LaValle, Ranzenhofer
Ayes (62): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring the state library to be open for at least eight hours each day on five days every week
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill requires the state library to be open for at least eight hours each day on five days every week of the year except for specified legal holidays.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 requires the state library to be open for at least eight hours each day on five days every week of the year except for specified legal holidays. Section 2 makes the bill once enacted, effective immediately.
JUSTIFICATION: The bill keeps the state library open as required by current law but allows the Regents flexibility to determine on what days the library, and therefore the state museum where the library is located, will be open. Current law requires the state library to be open on weekdays. SED reports that the law requiring the library to open on weekdays dates to a time when the state library served as the legislative library. The legislature now has its own library and legislators no longer need the state library for legislative business.
Flexibility will keep the library open but allow the Regents to decide which days are most useful for the public. It is important that New York open its resources such as the state museum and state library to allow the public the best opportunity to use them. The public is more likely to visit the museum and use the library when they have the time to do so. For example, there are more visitors to the museum on Saturdays and Sundays than Mondays. This bill will allow the Regents to develop the best schedule for the library, museum and public.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5244 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 3, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. McDONALD -- 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 requiring the state library to be open for at least eight hours each day on five days every week THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 249 of the education law is amended to read as follows: S 249. State library, when open; use of books. The state library shall be kept open
[not less than]AT LEAST eight hours [every week]EACH day ON FIVE DAYS EVERY WEEK in the year except the legal holidays known as Independence day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day [, and members]. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PROHIBIT THE REGENTS FROM OPEN- ING THE STATE LIBRARY ON OTHER DAYS AND TIMES. MEMBERS of the legisla- ture, judges of the court of appeals, justices of the supreme court and heads of state departments may borrow from the library books for use in Albany, but shall be subject to such restrictions and penalties as may be prescribed by the regents for the safety or greater usefulness of the library. Under such rules and conditions as the regents may prescribe, the state library may lend its books and printed material for a limited time to other individuals and institutions conforming to said rules and conditions. Such service shall be free to residents of this state as far as practicable, but the regents may, in their discretion, charge a proper fee to nonresidents or for assistance of a personal nature or for other reason not properly an expense to the state, but which may be authorized for the accommodation of users of the library. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09852-02-1