senate Bill S6678

Creates a service learning program for students serving as active volunteer firefighters or volunteer ambulance workers

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
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  • 26 / Feb / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 20 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.864
  • 21 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 28 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Creates a service learning program for students serving as active volunteer firefighters or volunteer ambulance workers, and mandates certain features of such program.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8989
Versions:
S6678
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง355, Ed L

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BILL NUMBER:S6678

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
certain service learning, internship, or independent study programs

PURPOSE: To allow community colleges and State University of New York
(SUNY) schools to implement programs that would provide academic
credit for successful completion of a service learning, internship, or
independent study program in relation to the volunteer fire service,
as prescribed by regulations established by the state university
trustees.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends section 355 of the education law to
direct the state university trustees to adopt regulations to establish
a service learning, internship, or independent study program for
students that serve as active volunteer firefighters or ambulance
workers.

Section 2 of the bill is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Colleges and universities often offer internships and
independent study programs so students can earn academic credit while
obtaining real-life work experience. Service learning programs are an
emerging and growing teaching method on college campuses and these
programs are also effective in combining academic learning and
real-life experiences.

One of the most critical community services provided by New York
residents is volunteer fire protection and emergency services. Many
younger individuals may be interested in volunteering for their local
fire department or ambulance company, but are discouraged from doing
so due to the time demands of being a college student. This bill
provides a common-sense approach to combining community service and
academic learning which will lead to greater volunteerism and more
well-rounded and experienced college students.

Under this legislation, the state university trustees will establish
regulations that create guidelines for a service learning, internship
or independent study program for active volunteer firefighters and
ambulance workers. Such programs must include a service requirement
and an academic requirement. Through involvement in the volunteer fire
service, a student not only provides vital community services, but can
also be exposed to and learn a number of valuable principles in
various academic areas. For example, common issues in the volunteer
fire service include not-for-profit corporation governance, municipal
government, licensing and permitting, charitable giving,
record-keeping, compliance with safety and other laws, insurance,
taxes, budgeting, and management.

This bill provides valuable skills and learning opportunities for
students while encouraging more volunteerism to serve our communities.
The skills and knowledge gained through the volunteer fire service are
significant and valuable, and worthy of academic credit through
properly developed and structured service learning, internship and
independent study programs. This legislation allows SUNY schools and


community colleges to recognize this by offering students the
opportunity to participate in such programs, as prescribed by the
state university trustees.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the 90th day after it
shall have become a law.

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

                                  6678

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 26, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MAZIARZ -- 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 certain service learn-
  ing, internship, or independent study programs

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

  Section 1. Section 355 of the education law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 20 to read as follows:
  20. THE STATE UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES SHALL ADOPT REGULATIONS TO ESTABLISH
A  SERVICE  LEARNING,  INTERNSHIP,  OR  INDEPENDENT  STUDY  PROGRAM  FOR
STUDENTS THAT SERVE  AS  ACTIVE  VOLUNTEER  FIREFIGHTERS  AND/OR  ACTIVE
VOLUNTEER  AMBULANCE WORKERS. EACH STATE-OPERATED INSTITUTION AND COMMU-
NITY COLLEGE MAY, AS DETERMINED BY ITS PRESIDENT, OFFER SUCH  A  SERVICE
LEARNING,  INTERNSHIP, OR INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM TO ELIGIBLE STUDENTS
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REGULATIONS PRESCRIBED BY  THE  STATE  UNIVERSITY
TRUSTEES.  SUCH  PROGRAM SHALL CONSIST OF (A) A COMMUNITY SERVICE COMPO-
NENT THAT MAY BE COMPLETED THROUGH NO LESS THAN TWENTY HOURS OF  VERIFI-
ABLE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTING ACTIVITIES, VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE OR EMERGENCY
RESPONSE  ACTIVITIES,  OR  OTHER ACTIVITIES RELATED TO VOLUNTEER FIRE OR
AMBULANCE SERVICE AS DETERMINED BY THE STATE  UNIVERSITY  TRUSTEES,  AND
(B) AN ACADEMIC COMPONENT RELATED TO SUCH VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY THAT MAY BE
COMPLETED  THROUGH A WRITTEN REPORT OR JOURNAL, OR OTHER WRITTEN ASSIGN-
MENT AS DETERMINED BY THE STATE UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES. SUCH PROGRAM  SHALL
BE  OPEN  TO  ANY  STUDENT  ENROLLED  IN  AN  ASSOCIATE OR BACCALAUREATE
DEGREE-PRODUCING PROGRAM ON A FULL-TIME OR PART-TIME BASIS  THAT  IS  AN
ACTIVE  VOLUNTEER  FIREFIGHTER  AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION
TWO HUNDRED FIFTEEN OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW OR AN ACTIVE  VOLUNTEER
AMBULANCE  WORKER  AS  DEFINED  IN  SUBDIVISION  FOURTEEN OF SECTION TWO
HUNDRED NINETEEN-K OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL  LAW.    NO  MORE  THAN  SIX
ACADEMIC CREDITS SHALL BE AWARDED TO A STUDENT FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION
OF  SUCH  SERVICE  LEARNING, INTERNSHIP OR INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM. IN
DEVELOPING THE SERVICE LEARNING, INTERNSHIP OR INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM
DESCRIBED IN THIS SUBDIVISION, THE STATE UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES MAY, IN ITS
DISCRETION, CONSULT WITH THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE  OF  FIRE  PREVENTION

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14179-01-4

S. 6678                             2

AND CONTROL AND/OR ANY STATEWIDE ORGANIZATION THAT REPRESENTS THE INTER-
ESTS OF THE VOLUNTEER FIRE SERVICE OR THE VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE SERVICE.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law; provided however  that,  effective  immediately,  the
state  university  trustees  are  authorized  and directed to add, amend
and/or repeal any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of
this act on its effective date.

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