senate Bill S2685

Exempts certain students who engage in military training and who are enrolled in athletic programs from certain practice requirements

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 26 / Feb / 2009
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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Bill Details

Versions:
S2685
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S2685

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the education law, in relation to exempting certain
students enrolled in athletic programs from certain practice
requirements


PURPOSE :
This legislation would exempt certain students who engage in military
training and who are enrolled in athletic programs from certain
practice requirements.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section one amends the Education Law by adding a new section 3208-b to
exempt any student who is a member of the National Guard, ROTC or any
other military training from ten days of practice and still be
eligible to participate in athletic programs and sporting events.

Section two makes the bill effective immediately.

JUSTIFICATION :
Current New York State Public High School Athletic Association
(NYSPHAA) regulations state that high school athletes must sit out the
first three games of the athletic season if they do not participate in
a minimum number of summer practices. This regulation was put into
place to ensure that all athletes are properly conditioned for the
sports season, but participation in military training is extremely
vigorous and compensates for missed team practices.

This regulation unfairly punishes student athletes when their military
requirements keep them from participating in summer practices. Armed
service volunteers and student athletes should not be penalized for
their brave service and commitment to our country.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
S.8277 of 2007/2008

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately.
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