senate Bill S4348

Amended

Requires a joint report by the state board of elections and state education department concerning the safety of students and staff at schools used as polling places for elections

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 21 / Mar / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 10 / Apr / 2013
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO ELECTIONS
  • 10 / Apr / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 4348A
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS

Summary

Requires a joint report by the state board of education and state education department concerning the safety of students and staff at schools used as polling places for elections.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S4348
S4348A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4348

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to
prohibiting polling at schools when in session

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would prohibit any public
or private elementary, secondary or preschool from serving as a
polling place when such school is in session.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 4-104 of the election law is
amended by adding a new subdivision, 7-a.

JUSTIFICATION: Many schools serve as Election Day polling places.
However, there exists a reasonable expectation for maintaining the
safety and security of students and school staff, as well as the
community members using the schools on election day. Safety threats in
a post-Columbine, post-Virginia Tech, and post-Newtown world have
raised our awareness about the vulnerability of our schools when open
to use by the community at large. As a result of recent tragedies,
schools have developed more strict rules, guidelines and procedures
about granting access to school, school grounds and students. This law
would increase the safety of students and school staff by prohibiting
voting from taking place in a school when such school is in session.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on November 4, 2014.

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

                                  4348

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 21, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to prohibiting polling  at
  schools when in session

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

  Section 1. Section 4-104 of the election law is amended  by  adding  a
new subdivision 7-a to read as follows:
  7-A.  NO  POLLING PLACE SHALL BE LOCATED ON THE PREMISES OF ANY PUBLIC
OR PRIVATE ELEMENTARY OR SECONDARY SCHOOL  OR  A  SCHOOL  FOR  PRESCHOOL
CHILDREN,  AS  THAT TERM IS DEFINED IN PARAGRAPH I OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF
SECTION FORTY-FOUR HUNDRED TEN OF THE EDUCATION LAW, WHEN SUCH SCHOOL IS
IN SESSION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect November 4, 2014. Effective immediate-
ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal  of  any  rule  or  regulation
necessary  for  the implementation of this act on its effective date are
authorized to be made and completed on or before such effective date.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09945-01-3

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