senate Bill S4434A

Enacts the school bus mandate relief act

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 05 / Apr / 2011
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 12 / Apr / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.369
  • 13 / Apr / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 02 / May / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 04 / May / 2011
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 4434A
  • 17 / Jun / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 17 / Jun / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 17 / Jun / 2011
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Enacts the school bus mandate relief act authorizing school districts, in their discretion, to provide student transportation based upon patterns of actual ridership.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6821A
Versions:
S4434
S4434A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3635, Ed L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4434A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to enacting the school bus
mandate relief act

PURPOSE:
This bill would allow school boards to reduce the number of
seats available to pupils on school buses, if there is a consistent
three year pattern of eligible pupils not taking the school bus to
school provided by the school district.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 - Creates the title of the bill, "The School Bus Mandate
Relief Act."

Section 2 - Adds Subdivision 8 to § 3635 of the Education, to allow
the option to the board of education of a school district to reduce
the number of seats available on school transportation provided by
the district, if there is a documented history of the actual
number of riders in each of the preceding three years showing a
consistent pattern of eligible pupils not using the transportation
provided by the district. Nothing in this section will reduce the
number of seats available for students currently in need of
transportation. Additionally school districts opting to offer
transportation based on the pattern of actual ridership must place
such plans on the school district's website before August 15th of
each school year.

Section 3 - Sets is the enacting date.

JUSTIFICATION:
Many school districts have complained that they are
required to provide under existing law many more seats on bus
transportation that are actually needed as evidenced by student
ridership.
Schools are experiencing budget cuts and more pressure than ever to
save money and seek efficiencies. This bill provides mandate relief
in an area that is of high cost to school districts, namely
transportation.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 4434--A
    Cal. No. 369

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MARTINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the  Committee  on  Education  --  reported
  favorably  from  said  committee,  ordered to first and second report,
  ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered  reprinted,  retaining
  its place in the order of third reading

AN  ACT  to  amend the education law, in relation to enacting the school
  bus mandate relief act

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "school bus
mandate relief act".
  S  2.  Section  3635  of  the education law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 8 to read as follows:
  8.   A BOARD OF EDUCATION MAY,  AT  ITS  DISCRETION,  PROVIDE  STUDENT
TRANSPORTATION  BASED  UPON  PATTERNS  OF  ACTUAL  RIDERSHIP. THE ACTUAL
RIDERSHIP SHALL BE BASED UPON THE HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE THAT  YIELDS  A
CONSISTENT PATTERN OF ELIGIBLE PUPILS NOT USING DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION;
OR  MODELING  OF  FUTURE  RIDERSHIP;  OR  THE  SHARING OF TRANSPORTATION
REGIONALLY; OR OTHER CRITERIA DETERMINED BY  THE  SCHOOL  DISTRICT  THAT
ENSURES  THAT ALL STUDENTS IN NEED OF TRANSPORTATION RECEIVE IT. NOTHING
IN THIS SECTION SHALL  REDUCE  OR  RELIEVE  SCHOOL  DISTRICTS  FROM  THE
RESPONSIBILITY  OF PROVIDING TRANSPORTATION TO STUDENTS OTHERWISE ELIGI-
BLE AND ACTUALLY IN NEED OF SUCH  TRANSPORTATION.  ANY  SCHOOL  DISTRICT
THAT,  AT  ITS DISCRETION, HAS ELECTED TO PROVIDE STUDENT TRANSPORTATION
BASED UPON PATTERNS OF ACTUAL RIDERSHIP SHALL PLACE SUCH  PLANS  ON  THE
SCHOOL  DISTRICT'S  WEBSITE  ON OR BEFORE AUGUST FIFTEENTH OF THE SCHOOL
YEAR IN WHICH THE TRANSPORTATION PLAN WILL BE IMPLEMENTED.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10608-02-1

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