senate Bill S273

Authorizes educational institutions to agree to pay all or a portion of the salaries and compensation payable to municipal school crossing guards

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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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  • 07 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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Bill Details

Versions:
S273
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
General Municipal Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S273

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation to authorizing
educational institutions to pay the salaries and compensation of
school crossing guards


PURPOSE :
This legislation removes the current legislative barrier that
prohibits school districts, BOCES, charter schools, and other public
schools from contributing to the salaries of school crossing guards

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section 1 of the bill amends 208-a of the General Municipal Law to
provide that school districts, BOCES, charter schools, and any other
public or private education institution may pay for part or all of
school crossing guards' salaries. Currently, school districts, BOCES,
charter schools, and other public educational institutions are
prohibited from contributing, in whole or in part, to the salary of
school crossing guards. In an era when intermunicipal cooperation is
critical to improving the quality of services provided by local
governments while at the same time decreasing the cost of providing
those services, it is imperative that any obstacle to such cooperation
be removed.

Section 2 of the bill contains the effective date.

EXISTING LAW :
Section 208-a of the General Municipal law authorizes municipalities
to appoint and fix the salaries of school crossing guards.

JUSTIFICATION :
The need for school crossing guards is directly related to school
operations. However, the financial burden of providing school crossing
guards is placed not on the schools themselves, but on the host
municipality. Moreover, schools are specifically prohibited from
employing or even contributing school crossing guards (see State
Comptroller Opinions 81-31 and 68-793).

This legislation will remove this legislative impediment to
intermunicipal cooperation.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2008: S.5110 Veto
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FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately.
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