senate Bill S2931

Adds a local fire company to the list of companies and districts which are exempt from state limits on non-resident members

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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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  • 06 / Mar / 2009
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 15 / Jul / 2009
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 15 / Jul / 2009
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.756
  • 16 / Jul / 2009
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A6486

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6486
Versions:
S2931
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Law Section:
Town Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S2931

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the town law, in relation to certain local fire
companies


PURPOSE :
To include the Fort Johnson Fire District in Montgomery County among
the list of fire districts and fire companies which are exempt from
the statutory limits on the percentage of non-resident members,
thereby helping enable this volunteer fire company to have a
sufficient level of membership to protect the community.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
The bill amends Section 176-b(7) of the Town Law to include the Fort
Johnson Fire District among the list of fire districts and fire
companies which are exempt from the statutory limits on non-resident
members.

EXISTING LAW :
Section 176-b(7) of the Town Law generally provides that the
percentage of non-resident members of a fire department cannot exceed
45% of the total membership of the department. However, this
subdivision has been amended many times in recent years to exempt 23
specific fire districts from the statutory percentage limitation.

JUSTIFICATION :
The Fort Johnson Fire District protects a small village and rural area
in Montgomery County. This volunteer fire company is facing
significant challenges in ensuring sufficient membership. This
situation is compounded by the New York State law which imposes a 45%
cap on the number of nonresidents that may be members of a fire
company. There are several non-residents currently serving in the
company, and several other nonresidents who may be interested in
serving. The State Legislature has previously exempted 23 other fire
districts throughout the State from the statutory limits on the number
of nonresidents who may serve in a fire company. This bill would
similarly exempt the Fort Johnson Fire District. This legislation will
help enable the fire company to retain and recruit a sufficient level
of membership.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
Immediately.
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