senate Bill S4914B

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Requires colleges, vocational institutions and other approved programs to provide credits or exemptions for comparable military training

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  • 01 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 10 / May / 2013
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 10 / May / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 4914A
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.934
  • 03 / Jun / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 12 / Jun / 2013
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 4914B
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 04 / Feb / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 07 / Feb / 2014
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 07 / Feb / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 4914C

Summary

Requires colleges, vocational institutions and other approved programs to provide credits or exemptions for comparable military training; provides for expedited application for admission to the practice of a profession by a veteran or a veteran's spouse; relates to motor vehicle inspector certification and mechanic qualifications, certification of responder or emergency medical technicians, licensure of master electricians and plumber certification.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7488B
Versions:
S4914
S4914A
S4914B
S4914C
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§669-e & 6505-d, amd §6505-c, Ed L; add Art 2-A §§20-a & 20-b, Gen Bus L; amd §§304-a & 398-d, V & T L; amd §3002, Pub Health L; amd §236-a, County L; amd §45, Gen City L

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BILL NUMBER:S4914B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
course credit for veterans; to articulation between military and
civilian professional careers; to application for admission to
practice of a profession by a veteran or a veteran's spouse; to amend
the general business law, in relation to licensing, certification and
registration for veterans and veteran's spouses; to amend the vehicle
and traffic law, in relation to providing motor vehicle inspector
certification and mechanic qualifications; to amend the public health
law, in relation to certification of responder or emergency medical
technicians; to amend the county law, in relation to licensure of
master electricians; and to amend the general city law, in relation to
plumber certification

PURPOSE: To require colleges, vocational institutions and other
approved programs to provide credits or exemptions for comparable
military training, and to provide for articulations by the
commissioner of education, the director of veterans affairs and the
secretary of state to allow former military personal and their spouses
to be admitted to practice professions and receive equivalent
licensing, certification and registrations.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of this bill would add a new section 669-e to the education
law to provide that every veteran who is enrolled on a full-time basis
as an undergraduate student in good standing, at an institution within
the state university system, shall upon application and approval of
the chancellor, or his or her designee, be granted up to six academic
credits per semester towards his or her degree for completion of
courses that were part of such veteran's military training or service.
In determining the approval of such veteran's application, the
chancellor, or his or her designee, shall consider the standards of
the American council on education. No lee, tuition or other charge
shall be assessed against a veteran who qualifies for such credit
pursuant to this section.

Section 2 of this bill would amend section 6505-c of the education law
to expand the currently required Articulation between military and
civilian professional careers to include programs which may provide,
where applicable, equivalent education and training for those
professions which would promote the economic development, job creation
or technological advancement of business in the state of New York, and
to further provide that in their determination of which military
programs provide equivalent education and training, the commissioner
and the director shall consider the standards of the American council
on education.

Section 3 of this would add a new section 6505-d to the education law,
to expand the articulation performed for veterans under section 6505-c
to practice of a profession by spouse of a veteran.

Section 4 of this bill would add a new Article 2-A to the general
business law to provide the same articulation performed for veterans
and veterans spouses under section 6505-c and 6505-d of the education
law, to be performed by the secretary of state with respect to


licensing, certification and registration under the general business
law.

Section 5 would amend section 304-a of the vehicle and traffic law, to
provide that the commissioner of motor vehicles may, by regulation,
establish standards of competency and fitness for certification as an
inspector; provided, however, that any person who was a member of the
armed forces of the United States, national guard or reserves and who
by military training and practice acquired the skills of a motor
vehicle inspector shall be certified by the commissioner as an
inspector.

Section 6 would amend section 398-d of the vehicle and traffic law, to
provide that every person who was a member of the armed forces of the
United States, national guard or reserves and who by military training
and practice acquires the skills of a motor vehicle mechanic shall be
deemed to be qualified to perform work upon motor vehicles at motor
vehicle repair shops.

Section 7 would amend section 3002 of the public health law, to
provide that any person who was a member of the armed forces of the
United States, national guard or reserves and who by military training
and practice was a medic or corpsman shall be certified, without
examination, by the state council and regional councils as a first
responder or emergency medical technician.

Section 8 would amend section 236-a of the county law, to provide that
the counties of Dutchess and Westchester shall provide for the
licensing, without examination, as a master electrician of any person
who was a member of the armed forces of the United States, national
guard or reserves and who by military training and practice acquired
the skills of an electrician.

Section 9 would amend the general city law, to provide that any person
who was a member of the armed forces of the United States, national
guard or reserves and who by military training and practice acquired
the skills of a plumber shall be certified as competent without
examination.

JUSTIFICATION: Recently discharged military service members are
frequently delayed in obtaining post-Service employment, even though
they have applicable military education, training and experience which
can qualify them for licenses and/or provide academic credit toward
degree requirements.

The Department of Defense of Military Services provide each Service
member a transcript of their experience and training; however, these
transcripts are not always adequate for civilian institutions to
assess for possible academic credit and by licensing boards to assess
for license requirements. This bill would allow Service members to
obtain credit toward occupational licenses based on their military
education, training and experience.

Additionally, when it comes to military spouses, many occupations
require a state license, often with state-specific conditions and
processes, which can cause lengthy re-employment delays for military
spouses moving between states. These delays and the expense of


re-licensure can cause many military spouses to not practice in their
professions.

Through collaborative efforts with 27 states, the Department of
Defense has collected best practices that can reduce the time required
for a military spouse to transfer a current license when entering a
new state. These practices do not impact the standards of the state,
still require military spouses to fully qualify within their
occupations, and can be implemented at little or no cost to the state.
This legislation allows New York State to modify licensing
requirements and processes, which would otherwise impede qualified
military spouses from becoming employed following a military move to a
new state.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

BUDGET IMPLICATIONS: None noted.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act would take effect on the first of January
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
________________________________________________________________________

                                 4914--B
    Cal. No. 934

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  BALL, ADDABBO, AVELLA, CARLUCCI, GRISANTI, LANZA,
  MAZIARZ, NOZZOLIO, SAMPSON, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered  printed,
  and  when  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Home-
  land Security and  Military  Affairs  --  committee  discharged,  bill
  amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
  tee -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered  to  first  and
  second  report,  ordered  to  a  third  reading,  amended  and ordered
  reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading

AN ACT to amend the education law, in  relation  to  course  credit  for
  veterans;  to  articulation between military and civilian professional
  careers; to application for admission to practice of a profession by a
  veteran or a veteran's spouse; to amend the general business  law,  in
  relation to licensing, certification and registration for veterans and
  veteran's  spouses; to amend  the vehicle and traffic law, in relation
  to providing motor vehicle inspector certification and mechanic quali-
  fications; to amend the public health  law,  in  relation  to  certif-
  ication  of  responder  or emergency medical technicians; to amend the
  county law, in relation to licensure of master  electricians;  and  to
  amend the general city law, in relation to plumber certification

  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 VETERANS. 1. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION,
THE TERM "VETERAN" MEANS A PERSON, MALE  OR  FEMALE,  RESIDENT  OF  THIS
STATE,  WHO  HAS  SERVED  IN THE ACTIVE MILITARY OR NAVAL SERVICE OF THE
UNITED STATES DURING A WAR IN WHICH THE UNITED STATES  WAS  ENGAGED  AND
WHO  HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM SUCH SERVICE BY ANY MEANS OF AN HONORABLE OR
GENERAL DISCHARGE, OR WHO HAS BEEN FURLOUGHED TO THE RESERVE.
  2. EVERY VETERAN WHO IS ENROLLED ON A FULL-TIME BASIS AS AN UNDERGRAD-
UATE STUDENT IN GOOD  STANDING,  AT  AN  INSTITUTION  WITHIN  THE  STATE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10497-04-3

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UNIVERSITY  SYSTEM,  SHALL UPON APPLICATION AND APPROVAL OF THE CHANCEL-
LOR, OR HIS OR HER DESIGNEE, BE GRANTED UP TO SIX ACADEMIC  CREDITS  PER
SEMESTER  TOWARDS  HIS OR HER DEGREE FOR COMPLETION OF COURSES THAT WERE
PART OF SUCH VETERAN'S MILITARY TRAINING OR SERVICE.  IN DETERMINING THE
APPROVAL  OF  SUCH  VETERAN'S APPLICATION, THE CHANCELLOR, OR HIS OR HER
DESIGNEE, SHALL CONSIDER THE STANDARDS OF THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCA-
TION. NO FEE, TUITION OR OTHER CHARGE SHALL BE ASSESSED AGAINST A VETER-
AN WHO QUALIFIES FOR SUCH CREDIT PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.
  3. THE CHANCELLOR OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK  MAY  PROMULGATE
RULES AND REGULATIONS AS ARE NECESSARY TO FULLY IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS
OF THIS  SECTION.
  S  2.  Section 6505-c of the education law, as added by chapter 106 of
the laws of 2003, is amended to read as follows:
  S 6505-c. Articulation  between  military  and  civilian  professional
careers. 1. The commissioner shall develop, jointly with the director of
the  division of veterans' affairs, a program to facilitate articulation
between participation in the military service of the  United  States  or
the military service of the state and admission to practice of a profes-
sion. The commissioner and the director shall identify, review and eval-
uate  professional training programs offered through either the military
service of the United States or the military service of the state  which
may,  where  applicable,  be  accepted  by  the department as equivalent
education and training in lieu of all or part of  an  approved  program.
Particular  emphasis  shall  be placed on the identification of military
programs which have previously been deemed acceptable by the  department
as  equivalent education and training, programs which may provide, where
applicable, equivalent education  and  training  for  those  professions
which  are  critical  to public health and safety and programs which may
provide, where applicable, equivalent education and training  for  those
professions  for  which  shortages  exist  in the state of New York, AND
PROGRAMS WHICH MAY PROVIDE, WHERE APPLICABLE, EQUIVALENT  EDUCATION  AND
TRAINING FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS WHICH WOULD PROMOTE THE ECONOMIC DEVELOP-
MENT, JOB CREATION OR TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT OF BUSINESS IN THE STATE
OF NEW YORK.
  2.  The  commissioner  and  the director shall prepare a list of those
military programs which have previously been deemed  acceptable  by  the
department  as  equivalent education and training in lieu of all or part
of an approved program no later than the thirtieth of August, two  thou-
sand three. On and after such date, such list shall be made available to
the public and applicants for admission to practice of a profession.
  3.  The  commissioner  and  the director shall prepare a list of those
military programs which may provide, where applicable, equivalent educa-
tion and training for those professions which  are  critical  to  public
health  and safety, programs which may provide, where applicable, equiv-
alent education and training for those professions for  which  shortages
exist in the state of New York, PROGRAMS WHICH MAY PROVIDE, WHERE APPLI-
CABLE,  EQUIVALENT  EDUCATION  AND  TRAINING FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS WHICH
WOULD PROMOTE THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, JOB  CREATION  OR  TECHNOLOGICAL
ADVANCEMENT  OF BUSINESS IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK and any other military
programs which may, where applicable, be accepted by the  department  as
equivalent  education and training in lieu of all or part of an approved
program no later than the thirty-first of October, two  thousand  three.
On  and after such date, such list shall be made available to the public
and applicants for admission to practice of a profession.
  4. Such lists shall be prepared annually no later than  the  thirtieth
of  June  thereafter  with  additions  and deletions made jointly by the

S. 4914--B                          3

commissioner and the director and  made  available  to  the  public  and
applicants for admission to practice of a profession on such date.
  5.  IN  THEIR DETERMINATION PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION OF WHICH MILITARY
PROGRAMS PROVIDE EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING, SO AS TO BE ACCEPTED
BY THE DEPARTMENT AS EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN LIEU OF ALL OR
PART OF AN APPROVED PROGRAM, THE COMMISSIONER  AND  THE  DIRECTOR  SHALL
CONSIDER THE STANDARDS OF THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION.
  S  3.  The  education law is amended by adding a new section 6505-d to
read as follows:
  S 6505-D. APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE PRACTICE OF A PROFESSION BY
A VETERAN OR A SPOUSE OF A VETERAN. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL  PROVIDE  FOR
AN  EXPEDITED  APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE PRACTICE OF A PROFESSION
BY A VETERAN OR A SPOUSE OF A VETERAN. SUCH APPLICATION SHALL BE  DETER-
MINED BY THE COMMISSIONER WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF THE FILING OF THE APPLI-
CATION  WITH  THE COMMISSIONER BY THE VETERAN OR SPOUSE OF A VETERAN. IN
MAKING THE DETERMINATION FOR THE VETERAN,  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL,  IN
ADDITION TO THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF THE VETERAN, ALSO CONSIDER THE
EQUIVALENT  EDUCATION  AND  TRAINING  OF THE VETERAN, IN ACCORDANCE WITH
SECTION SIXTY-FIVE HUNDRED FIVE-C OF  THIS  SUBARTICLE.  IN  MAKING  THE
DETERMINATION  FOR THE VETERAN'S SPOUSE, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL CONSIDER
THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF THE VETERAN'S SPOUSE,  TOGETHER  WITH  ANY
EQUIVALENT  EDUCATION, TRAINING, PAST ADMISSION OR PAST PRACTICE OF SUCH
SPOUSE OF SUCH PROFESSION IN ANOTHER  JURISDICTION,  TOGETHER  WITH  THE
STANDARDS  OF  THE  AMERICAN  COUNCIL  ON EDUCATION. IF THE COMMISSIONER
DETERMINES THAT THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF THE VETERAN OR THE  VETER-
AN'S  SPOUSE,  AND/OR  THEIR  PAST ADMISSION OR PAST PRACTICE IN ANOTHER
JURISDICTION, IS ESSENTIALLY EQUIVALENT TO  THE  REQUIREMENTS  NECESSARY
FOR  ADMISSION  TO  PRACTICE  THE PROFESSION IN NEW YORK STATE, THEN THE
COMMISSIONER SHALL GRANT SUCH VETERAN OR VETERAN'S SPOUSE  ADMISSION  TO
PRACTICE THE PROFESSION IN NEW YORK STATE.
  S  4.  The general business law is amended by adding a new article 2-A
to read as follows:
                                ARTICLE 2-A
    LICENSING, CERTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION FOR VETERANS AND VETERAN
                                 SPOUSES
SECTION 20-A. ARTICULATION BETWEEN MILITARY  AND  CIVILIAN  PROFESSIONAL
                CAREERS.
        20-B. APPLICATION  FOR  LICENSING, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION
                TO PRACTICE A PROFESSION BY A VETERAN OR A SPOUSE  OF  A
                VETERAN.
  S 20-A. ARTICULATION   BETWEEN   MILITARY  AND  CIVILIAN  PROFESSIONAL
CAREERS.  1. THE SECRETARY OF STATE  SHALL  DEVELOP,  JOINTLY  WITH  THE
DIRECTOR  OF  THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS, A PROGRAM TO FACILITATE
ARTICULATION BETWEEN PARTICIPATION IN THE MILITARY SERVICE OF THE UNITED
STATES OR THE MILITARY SERVICE OF THE STATE AND THE  LICENSING,  CERTIF-
ICATION  AND  REGISTRATION  FOR  VETERANS  TO  PRACTICE  ANY  PROFESSION
LICENSED, CERTIFIED OR REGISTERED PURSUANT TO THIS CHAPTER.  THE  SECRE-
TARY  AND  THE DIRECTOR SHALL IDENTIFY, REVIEW AND EVALUATE PROFESSIONAL
TRAINING PROGRAMS OFFERED THROUGH EITHER THE  MILITARY  SERVICE  OF  THE
UNITED  STATES  OR  THE  MILITARY  SERVICE OF THE STATE WHICH MAY, WHERE
APPLICABLE, BE ACCEPTED BY THE DEPARTMENT AS  EQUIVALENT  EDUCATION  AND
TRAINING  IN  LIEU  OF  ALL  OR  PART OF AN APPROVED PROGRAM. PARTICULAR
EMPHASIS SHALL BE PLACED ON  THE  IDENTIFICATION  OF  MILITARY  PROGRAMS
WHICH HAVE PREVIOUSLY BEEN DEEMED ACCEPTABLE BY THE DEPARTMENT AS EQUIV-
ALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING, PROGRAMS WHICH MAY PROVIDE, WHERE APPLICA-
BLE,  EQUIVALENT  EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS WHICH ARE

S. 4914--B                          4

CRITICAL TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY AND  PROGRAMS  WHICH  MAY  PROVIDE,
WHERE   APPLICABLE,   EQUIVALENT   EDUCATION   AND  TRAINING  FOR  THOSE
PROFESSIONS FOR WHICH SHORTAGES EXIST IN THE  STATE  OF  NEW  YORK,  AND
PROGRAMS  WHICH  MAY PROVIDE, WHERE APPLICABLE, EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND
TRAINING FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS WHICH WOULD PROMOTE THE ECONOMIC DEVELOP-
MENT, JOB CREATION OR TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT OF BUSINESS IN THE STATE
OF NEW YORK.
  2. THE SECRETARY AND THE DIRECTOR SHALL PREPARE A LIST OF THOSE  MILI-
TARY  PROGRAMS  WHICH  HAVE  PREVIOUSLY  BEEN  DEEMED  ACCEPTABLE BY THE
DEPARTMENT AS EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN LIEU OF ALL  OR  PART
OF  AN  APPROVED PROGRAM NO LATER THAN JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIR-
TEEN. ON AND AFTER SUCH DATE, SUCH LIST SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE  TO  THE
PUBLIC AND APPLICANTS FOR ADMISSION TO PRACTICE OF A PROFESSION.
  3.  THE SECRETARY AND THE DIRECTOR SHALL PREPARE A LIST OF THOSE MILI-
TARY PROGRAMS WHICH MAY PROVIDE, WHERE APPLICABLE, EQUIVALENT  EDUCATION
AND  TRAINING  FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS WHICH ARE CRITICAL TO PUBLIC HEALTH
AND SAFETY, PROGRAMS WHICH MAY  PROVIDE,  WHERE  APPLICABLE,  EQUIVALENT
EDUCATION  AND  TRAINING FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS FOR WHICH SHORTAGES EXIST
IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK, PROGRAMS WHICH MAY PROVIDE, WHERE  APPLICABLE,
EQUIVALENT  EDUCATION  AND  TRAINING  FOR  THOSE PROFESSIONS WHICH WOULD
PROMOTE THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION OR TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCE-
MENT OF BUSINESS IN THE  STATE  OF  NEW  YORK  AND  ANY  OTHER  MILITARY
PROGRAMS  WHICH  MAY, WHERE APPLICABLE, BE ACCEPTED BY THE DEPARTMENT AS
EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN LIEU OF ALL OR PART OF AN  APPROVED
PROGRAM  NO  LATER  THAN THE THIRTY-FIRST OF OCTOBER, TWO THOUSAND FOUR-
TEEN. ON AND AFTER SUCH DATE, SUCH LIST SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE  TO  THE
PUBLIC  AND APPLICANTS FOR THE LICENSING, CERTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION
TO THE PRACTICE OF A PROFESSION.
  4. SUCH LISTS SHALL BE PREPARED ANNUALLY NO LATER THAN  THE  THIRTIETH
OF  JUNE  THEREAFTER  WITH  ADDITIONS  AND DELETIONS MADE JOINTLY BY THE
SECRETARY AND THE DIRECTOR AND MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC  AND  APPLI-
CANTS  FOR THE LICENSING, CERTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION TO THE PRACTICE
OF A PROFESSION ON SUCH DATE.
  5. IN THEIR DETERMINATION PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION OF  WHICH  MILITARY
PROGRAMS PROVIDE EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING, SO AS TO BE ACCEPTED
BY THE DEPARTMENT AS EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN LIEU OF ALL OR
PART  OF  AN  APPROVED  PROGRAM,  THE  SECRETARY  AND THE DIRECTOR SHALL
CONSIDER THE STANDARDS OF THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION.
  S 20-B. APPLICATION FOR LICENSING, CERTIFICATION  OR  REGISTRATION  TO
PRACTICE  A PROFESSION BY A VETERAN OR A SPOUSE OF A VETERAN. THE SECRE-
TARY OF STATE SHALL PROVIDE FOR AN EXPEDITED APPLICATION FOR  LICENSING,
CERTIFICATION  OR  REGISTRATION  TO  THE  PRACTICE  OF A PROFESSION BY A
VETERAN OR A SPOUSE OF A VETERAN. SUCH APPLICATION SHALL  BE  DETERMINED
BY  THE  SECRETARY  WITHIN  THIRTY DAYS OF THE FILING OF THE APPLICATION
WITH THE SECRETARY BY THE VETERAN OR SPOUSE OF A VETERAN. IN MAKING  THE
DETERMINATION  FOR  THE VETERAN, THE SECRETARY SHALL, IN ADDITION TO THE
EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF THE  VETERAN,  ALSO  CONSIDER  THE  EQUIVALENT
EDUCATION  AND TRAINING OF THE VETERAN, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION TWEN-
TY-A OF THIS ARTICLE. IN MAKING  THE  DETERMINATION  FOR  THE  VETERAN'S
SPOUSE,  THE  SECRETARY SHALL CONSIDER THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF THE
VETERAN'S SPOUSE, TOGETHER WITH ANY EQUIVALENT EDUCATION, TRAINING, PAST
LICENSING, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION OR PAST PRACTICE OF SUCH SPOUSE
OF SUCH PROFESSION IN ANOTHER JURISDICTION, TOGETHER WITH THE  STANDARDS
OF  THE  AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION. IF THE SECRETARY DETERMINES THAT
THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF  THE  VETERAN  OR  THE  VETERAN'S  SPOUSE,
AND/OR THEIR PAST LICENSING, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION OR PAST PRAC-

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TICE  IN ANOTHER JURISDICTION, IS ESSENTIALLY EQUIVALENT TO THE REQUIRE-
MENTS NECESSARY FOR LICENSING, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION TO PRACTICE
THE PROFESSION IN NEW YORK STATE, THEN THE SECRETARY  SHALL  GRANT  SUCH
VETERAN  OR VETERAN'S SPOUSE LICENSING, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION TO
PRACTICE THE PROFESSION IN NEW YORK STATE.
  S 5. Subdivision (c) of section 304-a of the vehicle and traffic  law,
as  added  by  chapter  61  of  the  laws of 1989, is amended to read as
follows:
  (c) The commissioner may, by regulation, establish standards of compe-
tency and fitness for certification as an inspector; PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,
THAT  ANY  PERSON  WHO  WAS  A  MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED
STATES, NATIONAL GUARD OR RESERVES AND  WHO  BY  MILITARY  TRAINING  AND
PRACTICE  ACQUIRED  THE  SKILLS  OF  A  MOTOR VEHICLE INSPECTOR SHALL BE
CERTIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER AS AN INSPECTOR.
  S 6. Section 398-d of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding
a new subdivision 8 to read as follows:
  8. ANY PERSON WHO WAS A MEMBER OF  THE  ARMED  FORCES  OF  THE  UNITED
STATES,  NATIONAL  GUARD  OR  RESERVES, AND WHO BY MILITARY TRAINING AND
PRACTICE ACQUIRES THE SKILLS OF  A  MOTOR  VEHICLE  MECHANIC,  SHALL  BE
DEEMED  TO  BE  QUALIFIED  TO  PERFORM WORK UPON MOTOR VEHICLES AT MOTOR
VEHICLE REPAIR SHOPS.
  S 7. Subdivision 2 of section  3002  of  the  public  health  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  580  of  the  laws  of 2007, is amended to read as
follows:
  2. The state council shall have the power, by an affirmative vote of a
majority of those present, subject to approval by the  commissioner,  to
enact,  and  from  time to time, amend and repeal, rules and regulations
establishing minimum standards for ambulance services, ambulance service
certification,  advanced  life  support  first  response  services,  the
provision  of  prehospital emergency medical care, public education, the
development of  a  statewide  emergency  medical  services  system,  the
provision  of ambulance services outside the primary territory specified
in the ambulance services' certificate and  the  training,  examination,
and certification of certified first responders, emergency medical tech-
nicians,  and advanced emergency medical technicians; provided, however,
that such minimum standards must be consistent with the staffing  stand-
ards  established by section three thousand five-a of this article. Such
training shall be made available by video or  computer  to  the  maximum
extent possible. [Until January first, nineteen hundred ninety-seven, no
minimum standards shall be established for services provided by a volun-
tary  ambulance  service  operating  solely  pursuant  to a statement of
registration issued under section three thousand four.]  The  curriculum
for  certified first responder training shall not exceed fifty-one hours
including prerequisites. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY  OTHER  PROVISION  OF  THIS
ARTICLE TO THE CONTRARY, ANY PERSON WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES
OF  THE  UNITED  STATES, NATIONAL GUARD OR RESERVES, AND WHO BY MILITARY
TRAINING AND PRACTICE WAS A MEDIC OR CORPSMAN, SHALL BE CERTIFIED, WITH-
OUT EXAMINATION, BY THE STATE COUNCIL AND REGIONAL COUNCILS AS  A  FIRST
RESPONDER  OR EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN. The state council shall have
the same powers granted to regional councils  by  this  article  in  any
region  of  the  state  in  which a regional council has not been estab-
lished.
  S 8. Subdivision 1 of section 236-a of the county law, as  amended  by
chapter 343 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:
  1. Notwithstanding the provisions of the general city law or any other
law  to  the contrary, the counties of Dutchess and Westchester are each

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hereby authorized to establish a county board of  examiners  for  master
electricians  and  to  empower such board to assume all licensing duties
within each such county with respect to the licensure of master electri-
cians.    PROVIDED,  THAT SUCH COUNTIES SHALL PROVIDE FOR THE LICENSING,
WITHOUT EXAMINATION, AS A MASTER ELECTRICIAN OF ANY  PERSON  WHO  WAS  A
MEMBER  OF  THE  ARMED  FORCES  OF  THE UNITED STATES, NATIONAL GUARD OR
RESERVES, AND WHO BY MILITARY TRAINING AND PRACTICE ACQUIRED THE  SKILLS
OF  AN  ELECTRICIAN.  The  counties  of  Dutchess  and Westchester shall
provide for master electrician's duties and responsibilities in  accord-
ance with the local law of each such county.
  S 9. Section 45 of the general city law is amended to read as follows:
  S 45. Examinations;  conducting business without certificate prohibit-
ed. A person desiring or intending to conduct  the  trade,  business  or
calling of a plumber or of plumbing in a city of this state as employing
or  master plumber, shall be required to submit to an examination before
such examining board of plumbers as to his experience and qualifications
for such trade, business or calling, and it shall not be lawful  in  any
city of this state for a person to conduct such trade, business or call-
ing,  unless  he  shall  have first obtained a certificate of competency
from such board of the city in which he conducts or proposes to  conduct
such  business.   PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ANY PERSON WHO WAS A MEMBER OF
THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, NATIONAL GUARD OR  RESERVES,  AND
WHO  BY MILITARY TRAINING AND PRACTICE ACQUIRED THE SKILLS OF A PLUMBER,
SHALL BE CERTIFIED AS COMPETENT WITHOUT EXAMINATION.
  S 10. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become  a  law,  provided,  however,
that section one of this act shall take effect on the first of July next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law; provided, that,
effective  immediately, any rules and regulations necessary to implement
the provisions of this  act  on  its  effect  date  are  authorized  and
directed to be amended, added and/or repealed on or before such date.

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