senate Bill S4174A

Requires distribution of information on obtaining library card and application to all students

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  • 22 / Mar / 2011
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / May / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / May / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 4174A
  • 13 / Jun / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 01 / May / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

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Requires distribution of information on obtaining library card and application to all students.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8976
Versions:
S4174
S4174A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §815, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: A11036A, A11036A
2011-2012: A6239A

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BILL NUMBER:S4174A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to requiring school districts to
distribute to students in each school building written information about
the public library and how to obtain a library card

PURPOSE:
This bill expands access to the New York State public library system
by requiring school districts to distribute informational materials
to students entering certain grade levels and students new to a
particular school and to keep such materials available at all times
in a school's library.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
This bill amends the education law by adding a new section 815
relating to requiring school districts to distribute information on
obtaining a library card and a library card application to all
students.

Section 1 adds a new section 815 to the education law with subsection
(1) that defines key terms.

Subsection (2) requires that school districts disseminate
informational materials about the public library. Such information is
to be provided by the local library to each school for distribution
to students upon his/her entry into kindergarten, grade 6, 9 and to
all new students.

Subsection (3) requires that school districts consult with the
director of each public library located within the boundaries of the
school district.

Subsection (4) requires that the local public library provide
sufficient materials to each school.

Subsection (5) waives compliance for school districts that do not have
public libraries within their boundaries.

Subsection (6) allows the commissioner to establish rules and
regulations to implement these provisions.

Subsection (7) states nothing in this act shall require a school
district to expend additional funds in order to comply with the
provisions of this section.

Section 2 provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
A public library card provides students with a passport to the world,
allowing them to explore the limits of their own imagination.
Ensuring that every student has access to our public libraries is a
crucial first step in developing a lifelong connection with some of
New York's greatest resources. This bill expands learning
opportunities by requiring that the Department of Education


distribute an application for a library card, as well as information
about the State's public library systems to every kindergartner,
sixth grader, and high school freshman as well as all new students.
The bill also ensures that applications and information on the public
library system are provided in sufficient quantities and made
available to students and parents alike in the school's library.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the next September 1 succeeding the date
on which it shall have become a law.

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

                                 4174--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 22, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. OPPENHEIMER, ADDABBO, ESPAILLAT, HUNTLEY, MONTGOM-
  ERY, SAMPSON, STAVISKY -- read twice and  ordered  printed,  and  when
  printed  to  be  committed  to the Committee on Education -- committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN ACT to amend the education  law,  in  relation  to  requiring  school
  districts  to  distribute  to students in each school building written
  information about the public library and how to obtain a library card

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

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 815 to
read as follows:
  S  815.  DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD APPLICATION MATERIALS. 1.
DEFINITIONS. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL
BE DEFINED AS FOLLOWS:
  A. "SCHOOL DISTRICT" SHALL MEAN ANY  PUBLIC  SCHOOL  DISTRICT  IN  THE
STATE OF NEW YORK THAT CONTAINS ONE OR MORE SCHOOLS WITH ANY COMBINATION
OF  GRADES FROM AND INCLUDING KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE TWELVE WHICH IS
LOCATED OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY.
  B. "PUBLIC LIBRARY" SHALL MEAN ANY PUBLIC OR  ASSOCIATION  LIBRARY  AS
DEFINED IN SECTION TWO HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE OF THIS TITLE WHICH IS LOCATED
OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY.
  2. EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL BE REQUIRED TO DISSEMINATE INFORMATIONAL
MATERIALS  ABOUT  THE PUBLIC LIBRARY AND APPLICATIONS FOR PUBLIC LIBRARY
CARDS TO STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AS FOLLOWS:
  A. ANNUALLY TO EVERY STUDENT OF SUCH SCHOOL DISTRICT UPON HIS  OR  HER
ENTRY INTO KINDERGARTEN, GRADE SIX AND GRADE NINE;
  B. TO EVERY STUDENT UPON HIS OR HER ENROLLMENT AS A NEW STUDENT; AND
  C.  AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES IN THE SCHOOL LIBRARY IN EACH SCHOOL WITHIN
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS WHO  WISH  TO  OBTAIN  SUCH
MATERIALS.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09184-05-1

S. 4174--A                          2

  3.  EACH  SCHOOL  DISTRICT SHALL CONSULT ANNUALLY WITH THE DIRECTOR OF
EACH PUBLIC LIBRARY LOCATED WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT
IN ORDER TO REQUEST COPIES OF MATERIALS CONTAINING INFORMATION REGARDING
THE LIBRARY, INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW STUDENTS MAY OBTAIN A LIBRARY CARD  AND
AN APPLICATION FOR A LIBRARY CARD.
  4.  EACH  PUBLIC  LIBRARY THAT IS LOCATED IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL
PROVIDE SUFFICIENT COPIES OF SUCH MATERIALS TO THE SCHOOL  DISTRICT  FOR
DISTRIBUTION  AS  DESCRIBED  IN  SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION SO THAT
EACH SCHOOL MAY SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION.
  5. IN THE EVENT THERE IS NO PUBLIC LIBRARY LOCATED WITHIN THE  BOUNDA-
RIES OF A SCHOOL DISTRICT, SUCH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO
COMPLY WITH THIS SECTION.
  6.  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH RULES AND
REGULATIONS TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  7. NOTHING IN THIS ACT SHALL REQUIRE A SCHOOL DISTRICT TO EXPEND ADDI-
TIONAL FUNDS IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  S 2. This act shall  take  effect  on  the  first  of  September  next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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