senate Bill S692

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Requires library trustees to complete minimum hours of approved training; authorizes state aid for administration, development and delivery of library trustee training

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Jan 12, 2009 referred to education

S692 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2746
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law

S692 - Bill Texts

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BILL NUMBER: S692

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring training
for library trustees and providing state aid for library trustee
training


PURPOSE :
This bill would require trustees of public libraries to complete at
least six hours of training regarding financial oversight,
accountability, and the fiduciary, policy, and governance
responsibilities of their position. It also provides for funding,
curriculum development, and implementation of this training.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Adds a new section 273-b to the Education Law. This new section
requires library trustees to complete at least six hours of training
regarding their responsibilities, allocates funding for this purpose,
provides for the development of curriculum and content, and
establishes an advisory committee to assist the Commissioner.

EXISTING LAW :
Section 2102-a of the Education Law, as added by Chapter 263 of the
Laws of 2005, requires similar training for trustees/board members of
school districts and BOCES.

JUSTIFICATION :
There are about 7,000 elected and appointed trustees responsible for
governing 755 local public libraries and 23 library systems in New
York State. These libraries receive about $1 billion annually in
local, State, and federal funding, and house library collections
valued at about $3.3 billion. Although these trustees have significant
legal and fiduciary responsibilities, there is no formal
State-approved training program to advise trustees of their
responsibilities or to provide them with information and tools
necessary to carry out their duties. A law providing such training for
school district trustees/board members has been in place since 2005. A
similar provision for library trustees has been requested by the New
York State Association of Library Boards.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
S.7131-A of 2008

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
Would require appropriation of $500,000 in the 2009-2010 budget.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
April 1, 2010.
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