senate Bill S4914C

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:
A7488C
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:S4914C REVISED 6/16/14

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to course
credit for veterans, articulation between military and civilian profes-
sional careers and 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 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

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 regis-
trations.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section One - states 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 institu-
tion 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 Two - amends section 6505-c of the education law to expand the
currently required Articulation between military and civilian profes-
sional 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 advance-
ment 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 Three - states this bill 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 Four - states 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 Five - amends 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 and 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 Six - amends 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 Seven - amends 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 examina-
tion, by the state council and regional councils as a first responder or
emergency medical technician.

Section Eight - amends section 236-a of the county law, to provide that
the counties of Dutchess and Westchester shall provide for the licens-
ing, 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 Nine - amends 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 train-
ing; 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.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL 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--C

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. BALL, ADDABBO, AVELLA, CARLUCCI, GRISANTI, HASSELL-
  THOMPSON, LANZA, MAZIARZ, NOZZOLIO, SAMPSON, SEWARD -- read twice  and
  ordered  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on
  Veterans,  Homeland  Security  and  Military  Affairs   --   committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to  said  committee -- 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
  -- recommitted to the Committee on  Veterans,  Homeland  Security  and
  Military  Affairs in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- reported
  favorably from said  committee  and  committed  to  the  Committee  on
  Finance  --  committee  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the education law, in  relation  to  course  credit  for
  veterans,  articulation  between  military  and  civilian professional
  careers and 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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10497-06-4

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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
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

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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
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 ARMED FORCES 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 ARMED FORCES 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

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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 APPLICA-
BLE, EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS  FOR  WHICH
SHORTAGES  EXIST  IN  THE  STATE  AND  PROGRAMS WHICH MAY PROVIDE, WHERE
APPLICABLE, EQUIVALENT EDUCATION  AND  TRAINING  FOR  THOSE  PROFESSIONS
WHICH WOULD PROMOTE THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION OR TECHNOLOG-
ICAL ADVANCEMENT OF BUSINESS IN THE STATE.
  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
FIFTEEN.  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, 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 BUSI-
NESS  IN  THE  STATE  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 SIXTEEN. 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 PROFES-
SION.
  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

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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-
TICE  IN ANOTHER JURISDICTION, IS ESSENTIALLY EQUIVALENT TO THE REQUIRE-
MENTS NECESSARY FOR LICENSING, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION TO PRACTICE
THE PROFESSION IN THE STATE, THEN THE SECRETARY SHALL GRANT SUCH VETERAN
OR VETERAN'S SPOUSE LICENSING, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION TO PRACTICE
SUCH PROFESSION.
  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.

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  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
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 effective date are authorized and
directed to be amended, added and/or repealed on or before such date.

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