senate Bill S2018

Signed by Governor Amended

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

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 18 / Apr / 2013
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 18 / Apr / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 2018A
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1231
  • 12 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 12 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 12 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A3560A
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.462
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 19 / Jul / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 31 / Jul / 2013
    • SIGNED CHAP.247

Summary

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

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Bill Details

Versions:
S2018
S2018A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง816, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S4174A
2009-2010: A11036A

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BILL NUMBER:S2018

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 materi-
al 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 816 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 816 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 provides suffi-
cient 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 regu-
lations 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 imagina-
tion. Ensuring that every students 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 kindergarten, sixth grader, and high school
freshman as well as all new students. The bill also ensures that appli-
cations 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: S.4174-A of 2012

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2018

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

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

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 816 to
read as follows:
  S  816.  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.
  3.  EACH  SCHOOL  DISTRICT SHALL CONSULT ANNUALLY WITH THE DIRECTOR OF
EACH PUBLIC LIBRARY LOCATED WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00118-01-3

S. 2018                             2

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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