senate Bill S1937

Expands the veterans tuition awards program to include all veterans who were discharged under honorable conditions who served in the armed forces after 2-28-1961

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

Summary

Expands the veterans tuition awards program to include all veterans who were discharged under honorable conditions who served in the armed forces after February 28, 1961.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1937
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Veterans, Homeland Security And Military Affairs
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง669-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1268
2009-2010: S4054A

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BILL NUMBER:S1937

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the
veterans tuition awards program

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Extending the free tuition at SUNY and
CUNY for all honorably discharged war veterans who are residents of New
York State and have served during hostilities that occurred after Febru-
ary 28, 1961.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This legislation would amend paragraph U of
subdivision 1 of section 669-a of the Education Law, as added by section
2 of part N of chapter 57 of the laws of 2008, in defining other eligi-
ble veterans. Paragraph A of subdivision 2 of section 669-a of the
Education Law as amended by section 3 of part N of chapter 57 of the
laws of 2008, shall be amended to allow other eligible veterans to
receive tuition awards.

JUSTIFICATION: The current law unintentionally demonstrates a great
disrespect to all other honorably discharged veterans who are not enti-
tled to exercise Part N of the 2008 State of New York Budget. This
enactment shall compel respect and encourage more veterans of the armed
forces of the united States since February 28, 1961, to benefit and
capitalize from a free SUNY or CUNY education.

Many veterans who have now, or in the past, performed more-hazardous
duties than those serving in combat zones are living with and are some-
times dying from the serious consequences of being exposed to those
hazards. Veterans who served in hazardous duty and received Hazardous
Duty Pay, but may not have been assigned to a combat zone include among
others many aviators, submariners, aircraft carrier flight deck crew and
special operations limits, would be eligible to receive tuition awards.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-2010: S.4054 - Referred to Veterans, Homeland
Security and Military Affairs. 2011-2012: S. 1268 - Referred to Veter-
ans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Will vary between approximately $50 million to.
approximately $100 million depending upon the number of Veterans that
take advantage of this act. Roughly 20,000 Veterans would be eligible
for this educational benefit.

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

                                  1937

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. ADDABBO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the  veterans  tuition
  awards program

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

  Section 1. Paragraph d of subdivision 1 of section 669-a of the educa-
tion law, as added by section 2 of part N of chapter 57 of the  laws  of
2008, is amended to read as follows:
  d. "Other eligible [combat] veteran" means: an individual who (i) is a
resident  of  this  state, (ii) served in the armed forces of the United
States [in] DURING hostilities  that  occurred  after  February  twenty-
eighth, nineteen hundred sixty-one, [as evidenced by their receipt of an
Armed  Forces  Expeditionary  Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, or Marine
Corps Expeditionary Medal,] and (iii)  was  discharged  under  honorable
conditions,  including but not limited to honorable discharge, discharge
under honorable conditions, or general discharge.
  S 2. Paragraph a of subdivision 2 of section 669-a  of  the  education
law,  as  amended  by  section  3 of part N of chapter 57 of the laws of
2008, is amended to read as follows:
  a. Tuition awards are available for all Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Afghan-
istan and other eligible [combat] veterans, as  defined  in  subdivision
one of this section, who are enrolled, pursuant to paragraph a of subdi-
vision  four  of section six hundred sixty-one of this part, in approved
undergraduate or graduate programs at degree  granting  institutions  or
enrolled  in  approved  vocational training programs and who apply for a
tuition assistance program award pursuant to section six hundred  sixty-
seven of this subpart.
  S  3.  This  act  shall  take  effect  on  the first of September next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04506-01-3

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