senate Bill S4101

Amended

Relates to the public library construction grant program

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  • 17 / Mar / 2011
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 07 / Jun / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 10 / Jun / 2011
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 10 / Jun / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 4101A
  • 16 / Jun / 2011
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 16 / Jun / 2011
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1339
  • 17 / Jun / 2011
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A113A

Summary

Relates to state aid for library projects construction grant program; increases state aid to up to 75% of total costs if the buildings are located in an economically disadvantaged community; provides acquisition of vacant land be considered an approved cost; provides that the application for state aid include documentation demonstrating that the project will address the needs of geographically isolated or economically disadvantaged communities; provides for an annual report on the library projects be submitted to the legislature.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S4101
S4101A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง273-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S4248B

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BILL NUMBER:S4101

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to state aid for library
projects

PURPOSE:
This legislation would amend section 273-a of the education
law to enable more public libraries to utilize the state construction
grant program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one amends subdivision one of
subdivision four of section 273-a of the education law. Subdivision
one of section 273-a is amended to include the acquisition of vacant
land within the scope of construction projects that shall receive
state aid.
Subdivision one is amended further to allow libraries that serve
economically disadvantaged communities to be eligible to receive
state aid for up to seventy-five percent of the approved total
project costs, provided that the state liability for aid paid
pursuant to this section shall be limited to funds appropriated for
such purpose. This section also sets forth the criteria to be used to
determine whether a community is economically disadvantaged for the
purposes of this section.

Section two provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
The Public Library construction Grant program currently
provides $14 million in bonded funds to public libraries and library
systems throughout the state for renovation and construction
projects. The matching requirements of 50/50 are too onerous for
libraries in high-needs areas of the state to meet. This legislation
would lower the matching threshold to 75/25 for public libraries in
economically disadvantaged communities, making it easier for these
libraries to receive much-needed construction grants. This
legislation would also permit the funds to be used to purchase vacant
land, which is not currently permitted.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
Same as S.4248-B, 2009 and 2010 in Education
A.6155-D, 2009 and 2010 in Ways and Means.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4101

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 17, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  FARLEY,  DeFRANCISCO,  GRIFFO,  JOHNSON,  LARKIN,
  MAZIARZ, RANZENHOFER, SEWARD, ZELDIN -- read twice and ordered  print-
  ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN  ACT to amend the education law, in relation to state aid for library
  projects

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Subdivision  1  of section 273-a of the education law, as
amended by section 4 of part A of chapter 57 of the  laws  of  2009,  is
amended to read as follows:
  1. A. State aid shall be provided for up to fifty percent of the total
project  approved costs, excluding feasibility studies, plans or similar
activities, for projects for the acquisition  OF  VACANT  LAND  AND  THE
ACQUISITION,   construction,  renovation  or  rehabilitation,  including
leasehold improvements, of buildings of  public  libraries  and  library
systems chartered by the regents of the state of New York or established
by  act of the legislature subject to the limitations provided in subdi-
vision four of this section  and  upon  approval  by  the  commissioner,
EXCEPT  THAT  STATE AID SHALL BE PROVIDED FOR UP TO SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT
OF THE TOTAL PROJECT APPROVED COSTS FOR BUILDINGS  OF  PUBLIC  LIBRARIES
THAT ARE LOCATED IN AN ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITY.
  B. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE TERM "ECONOMICALLY DISAD-
VANTAGED COMMUNITY" SHALL MEAN AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
  (1)  A  POLITICAL  SUBDIVISION WITHIN WHICH FIFTEEN PERCENT OR MORE OF
THE POPULATION IS LIVING IN POVERTY  AS  SHOWN  ON  THE  LATEST  FEDERAL
CENSUS.    FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS PARAGRAPH, A "POLITICAL SUBDIVISION"
SHALL MEAN THE SMALLEST GEOGRAPHIC MUNICIPALITY WITHIN WHICH THE  BUILD-
ING  IS  LOCATED INCLUDING A VILLAGE, A CITY, A BOROUGH OR A TOWN WITH A
POPULATION SHOWN ON THE LATEST FEDERAL CENSUS. FOR THE PURPOSES OF  THIS
PARAGRAPH,  "POVERTY"  IS  DEFINED AS THOSE INDIVIDUALS LIVING BELOW THE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00907-01-1

S. 4101                             2

POVERTY LEVEL FOR THE POLITICAL  SUBDIVISION  AS  SHOWN  BY  THE  LATEST
FEDERAL CENSUS.
  (2)  A  PUBLIC  SCHOOL DISTRICT WITHIN WHICH THE PERCENTAGE OF STUDENT
ENROLLMENT THAT IS  ELIGIBLE  FOR  FREE  AND  REDUCED  LUNCH  UNDER  THE
NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM IS SIXTY-FIVE PERCENT OR MORE FOR AT LEAST
ONE  MONTH  DURING  THE TWELVE MONTHS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF FILING OF THE
GRANT APPLICATION TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR STATE AID  UNDER  THIS  SUBDIVI-
SION.
  (3)  A  POLITICAL SUBDIVISION AS DESCRIBED IN SUBPARAGRAPH ONE OF THIS
PARAGRAPH WITHIN WHICH THIRTEEN PERCENT OR MORE  OF  THE  POPULATION  IS
LIVING  IN POVERTY AND A PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT AS DESCRIBED IN SUBPARA-
GRAPH TWO OF THIS PARAGRAPH  WITHIN  WHICH  THE  PERCENTAGE  OF  STUDENT
ENROLLMENT  THAT  IS  ELIGIBLE  FOR  FREE  AND  REDUCED  LUNCH UNDER THE
NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM IS FIFTY PERCENT OR MORE.
  C. Provided however that the state liability for aid paid pursuant  to
this  section  shall  be limited to funds appropriated for such purpose.
Aid shall be provided on approved expenses incurred  during  the  period
commencing  July  first and ending June thirtieth for up to three years,
or until the project  is  completed,  whichever  occurs  first.    Fifty
percent  of  such  aid  shall  be payable to each system or library upon
approval of the application BY THE DEPARTMENT.   Forty percent  of  such
aid  shall  be  payable in the next state fiscal year. The remaining ten
percent shall be payable upon project completion.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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