senate Bill S3583

Grants volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians academic credit at SUNY and CUNY

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 06 / Feb / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Summary

Grants volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians academic credit at state operated institutions of the state university of New York and the senior colleges of the city university of New York to the extent of six credits per year, and 60 credits in the aggregate; provides that no fee, tuition or other charge shall be assessed against a volunteer firefighter or emergency medical technician who qualifies for such credit; directs the board of trustees of the state university and the city university of New York to adopt necessary procedures.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6865
Versions:
S3583
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง669-e, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S367, A2146
2009-2010: S409, A2986
2007-2008: A7895

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3583

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to grant-
ing academic credit at state operated institutions of the state univer-
sity of New York and the senior colleges of the city university of New
York to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians

PURPOSE: This legislation would give college course credit to volunteer
firefighters and emergency medical technicians for performing volunteer
activities and completing training and development courses taken in
connection with their volunteer services.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: A new section, 669-e, is added to the education
law.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill would promote volunteerism among the youth and
give those volunteers an incentive to continue their education. Specif-
ically, the bill grants SUNY and CUNY students 6 course credits per year
towards their undergraduate elective course requirements for performing
volunteer firefighter services and completing related training.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-2010 Referred to Higher Education 2011-2102
Referred to Higher Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of July 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3583

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 6, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ROBACH -- 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  granting  academic
  credit  at  state operated institutions of the state university of New
  York and the senior colleges of the city university  of  New  York  to
  volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians

  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  669-e
to read as follows:
  S  669-E.    COURSE  CREDIT  FOR  VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY
MEDICAL TECHNICIANS.  1. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE TERM  "VOLUN-
TEER FIREFIGHTER" SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING AS PROVIDED FOR IN SECTION
THREE OF THE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS' BENEFIT LAW.
  2. EVERY VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN WHO IS
ALSO  ENROLLED  ON A FULL-TIME BASIS AS AN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT IN GOOD
STANDING, AT AN INSTITUTION WITHIN THE STATE  UNIVERSITY  SYSTEM,  SHALL
UPON  APPLICATION  BE  GRANTED  SIX  ACADEMIC CREDITS PER YEAR AND SIXTY
CREDITS IN THE AGGREGATE TOWARDS HIS OR HER DEGREE. NO FEE,  TUITION  OR
OTHER  CHARGE SHALL BE ASSESSED AGAINST A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER OR EMER-
GENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN WHO QUALIFIES FOR SUCH CREDIT PURSUANT TO  THIS
SECTION.
  3.  THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY AND THE CITY UNIVER-
SITY OF NEW YORK SHALL ADOPT SUCH PROCEDURES AS ARE NECESSARY  TO  FULLY
IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  S  2.  This act shall take effect on the first of July 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.
                                                           LBD08606-01-3

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