senate Bill S6385

Relates to certain tuition waivers for police officer students of the state university of New York and the city university of New York; repealer

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  • 02 / Feb / 2012
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Summary

Relates to certain tuition waivers for police officer students of the state university of New York and the city university of New York and providing for the repeal of certain provisions upon expiration thereof.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10104
Versions:
S6385
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§355 & 6206, Ed L; amd §2, Chap 548 of 2004

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BILL NUMBER:S6385

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend
the education law, in relation to certain tuition waivers for police
officer students of the state university of New York and the city
university of New York; to amend chapter 548 of the laws of 2004,
amending the education law relating to certain tuition waivers for
police officer students of the city university of New York, in relation
to extending the provisions of such chapter; and providing for the
repeal of certain provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE:

This bill requires tuition waivers for up to two courses per
semester/quarter for police officer students in baccalaureate or
higher degree programs at SUNY and CUNY.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section 355 of the education law is
amended by adding a new subparagraph 1-a to read as follows:

(1-a) Notwithstanding the provisions of any other general, special or
local law, rule or regulation, such regulations shall permit police
officers, as that term is defined in section two hundred nine-q of
the general municipal law, enrolled in programs leading to
baccalaureate or higher degrees at state-operated institutions of the
state university to attend up to two courses per semester or quarter
without tuition, provided that such tuition-waived attendance does
not deny course attendance at a state-operated institution by an
individual who is otherwise qualified under the regulations
promulgated pursuant to this section.

Subdivision 7 of section 6206 of the education law is amended by
adding a new paragraph (c) to read as follows:

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of any other general, special or
local law, rule or regulations, the board of trustees shall
promulgate regulations to permit police officers, as that term is
defined in section two-hundred nine-q of t.he general municipal law,
enrolled in programs leading to a baccalaureate or higher degrees at
a senior college of the city university to attend up to two courses
per semester or quarter without tuition, provided that such
tuition-waived attendance does not deny course attendance at a senior
college of the city university by an individual who is otherwise
qualified under this section.

JUSTIFICATION:

This measure, based on a tuition waiver program sponsored by John Jay
College of Criminal Justice during the late 1970s through the 1980s,
provides a strong incentive for police officers to pursue higher
education by authorizing tuition waivers for up to two courses per
semester/quarter for police officer students in baccalaureate or
higher degree programs at SUNY and CUNY.

The rationale for the highly successful John Jay tuition waiver
program, also applicable to this measure, was to provide an incentive
for public safety personnel to pursue education early in their
careers so that the taxpaying citizens would enjoy the greatest
long-term benefit from an educated public safety service. There was
also the recognition that, early in their careers, public safety
officers are not well paid, and are often burdened with significant
family-related financial responsibilities. When the waiver program
was introduced, and police officers were provided at least on course
free of charge, the number of officers enrolled at John Jay increased
dramatically. Moreover, many officers enrolled in one or more
additional courses at their own expense. A number of police officers
graduating from John Jay when the tuition waiver program was
available indicated that the program was the incentive that
encouraged them to start or return to college.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S.2736 of 2001.
S.7728/A.10735 Lentol of 2008; Passed Senate 62-0

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6385

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 2, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  RIVERA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to certain tuition  waiv-
  ers  for  police  officer students of the state university of New York
  and the city university of New York; to amend chapter 548 of the  laws
  of  2004, amending the education law relating to certain tuition waiv-
  ers for police officer students of the city university of New York, in
  relation to extending the provisions of such  chapter;  and  providing
  for the repeal of certain provisions upon expiration thereof

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

  Section 1.  Paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section 355 of the  educa-
tion law is amended by adding a new subparagraph 1-a to read as follows:
  (1-A)  NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF ANY OTHER GENERAL, SPECIAL OR
LOCAL LAW, RULE OR REGULATION,  SUCH  REGULATIONS  SHALL  PERMIT  POLICE
OFFICERS,  AS  SUCH TERM IS DEFINED IN SECTION TWO HUNDRED NINE-Q OF THE
GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW, WHO ARE ENROLLED IN PROGRAMS LEADING TO BACCALAU-
REATE OR HIGHER DEGREES AT  STATE-OPERATED  INSTITUTIONS  OF  THE  STATE
UNIVERSITY  TO  ATTEND UP TO TWO COURSES PER SEMESTER OR QUARTER WITHOUT
TUITION, PROVIDED THAT SUCH  TUITION-WAIVED  ATTENDANCE  DOES  NOT  DENY
COURSE  ATTENDANCE  AT A STATE-OPERATED INSTITUTION BY AN INDIVIDUAL WHO
IS OTHERWISE QUALIFIED UNDER THE  REGULATIONS  PROMULGATED  PURSUANT  TO
THIS SECTION.
  S  2.  Paragraph (c) of subdivision 7 of section 6206 of the education
law, as added by chapter 548 of the laws of 2004, is amended to read  as
follows:
  (c)  Notwithstanding  the  provisions of any other general, special or
local law, rule or regulation, the board of  trustees  shall  promulgate
regulations  to  permit  [members of the New York city police department
employed in the rank of police officer] POLICE OFFICERS, AS SUCH TERM IS
DEFINED IN SECTION TWO HUNDRED NINE-Q OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW,  who
are enrolled in programs leading to baccalaureate or higher degrees at a
senior  college  of the city university to attend [one course] UP TO TWO
COURSES PER SEMESTER OR QUARTER  without  tuition,  provided  that  such

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14050-01-2

S. 6385                             2

[course is related to their employment as police officers and that such]
tuition-waived  attendance  does  not deny course attendance at a senior
college of the city university by an individual who is otherwise  quali-
fied under this section.
  S 3. Section 2 of chapter 548 of the laws of 2004, amending the educa-
tion law relating to certain tuition waivers for police officer students
of  the  city  university  of New York, as amended by chapter 190 of the
laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows:
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall  expire  and  be
deemed repealed July 1, [2012] 2014.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that:
  1. section one of this act shall expire and be deemed repealed July 1,
2014; and
  2. the amendments to paragraph (c) of subdivision 7 of section 6206 of
the  education  law made by section two of this act shall not affect the
expiration and repeal of such paragraph and shall expire and  be  deemed
repealed therewith.

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