senate Bill S1788

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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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • 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

Versions:
S1788
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§355 & 6206, Ed L; amd §2, Chap 548 of 2004
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S6385

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BILL NUMBER:S1788

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; 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 the 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1788

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

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; 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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05667-01-3

S. 1788                             2

COURSES PER SEMESTER OR QUARTER  without  tuition,  provided  that  such
[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. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that:
  1. section one of this act shall expire and be deemed repealed July 1,
2015; 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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