senate Bill S1076
(R) 1st Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Requires the inclusion of a fiscal note with the adoption of a resolution or change in the rules and regulations governing educational institutions which have a fiscal impact.
TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the education law, in relation to the inclusion of fiscal notes
with certain resolutions or rules and regulations adopted by educational
The purpose of the bill is to ensure that the SUNY Board of Trustees,
the CUNY Board of Trustees and the Board of Regents are aware of a
fiscal impact to the state when resolutions are adopted, or rules and
regulations are altered or amended.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The first section amends section 355 of the education law to add a new
subparagraph requiring the SUNY Board of Trustees to have a fiscal
note prior to the adoption of any resolution or any alteration or
amendment to the rules and regulations that may require an increase
in the alteration or amendment to the rules and regulations that may
require an increase in the expenditures of state moneys in the fiscal
year of such adoption or of any future fiscal years. The fiscal note
would also be required to be attached to or part of said resolution.
The second and third sections would require the CUNY Board of Trustees
and the Board of Regents to secure fiscal notes in similar
Under current law, a fiscal note is not required prior to the adoption
of a resolution, alteration, or amendment to the rules and
regulations by the SUNY Board of Trustees, the CUNY Board of Trustees
or the Board of Regents. There are many instances when these boards
have adopted resolutions that require significant increases in state
funding in order to implement proposed changes.
These changes can cost millions, if not hundreds of millions of
dollars to put into effect; however there is no acknowledgment
regarding those costs when boards vote on these proposals. More
importantly, the public should be made fully aware of the potential
costs associated with the policy or regulation changes being
proposed. In addition, if presented with a realistic assessment of
such costs, these boards may be more willing to require staff to
pursue alternative proposals that may address the particular issue
but limit the overall cost to the state.
In essence, this bill will force these boards to recognize the true
costs associated with their proposals and be responsible for their
2008: Passed Senate 55-0.
This bill would provide for an improved accounting of the expenditure
of taxpayer dollars without any additional expenditure.
This act shall take effect immediately.
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