senate Bill S1567

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Provides for the inclusion, at a voter's option, of an e-mail address in the voter registration application and record for notices to be sent thus and by U.S.P.S.

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to elections
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S1567 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3590
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§5-210 & 5-500, El L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S3252, A4313

S1567 - Bill Texts

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Provides for the inclusion, at a voter's option, of an email address in the voter registration application and record, whereupon notices and other communication required to be sent to the voter by the state board of elections shall be sent by email in addition to postal mail; county boards of elections and the board of elections of the city of New York shall have the option of sending required notices and communications by email in addition to postal mail to certain voters.

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BILL NUMBER:S1567

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to the eligibility for student
financial aid of individuals granted deferred action for childhood
arrival status and of certain non-residents of the state

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To open up educational opportunities and give young immigrants access
to a wide array of New York's educational opportunity programs,
including: Tuition Assistance Program (TAP); Higher Education
opportunity Program HEOP; Educational opportunity Program (SOP);
Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP); and
opportunity
programs available at community colleges.

SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

§ 1. subdivision 3 of section 661 of the education law, as amended by
chapter 133 of the laws of 1982, is amended.

§ 2. Paragraphs a and b of subdivision 6 of section 661 of the
education law, as amended by chapter 466 of the laws of 1977, are
amended.

§ 3. Paragraph d of subdivision 5 of section 661 of the education law,
as amended by chapter 844 of the laws of 1975, is amended.

§ 4. paragraph e of subdivision 5 of section 661 of the education law,
as added by chapter 630 of the laws of 2005, is amended.

§ 5. Paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section 355 of the education law
is amended by adding a new subparagraph 10.

§ 6. Paragraph d of subdivision 5 of section 661 of the education law,
as amended by chapter 844 of the laws of 1975, is amended.

§ 7. Paragraph e of subdivision 5 of section 661 of the education law,
as added by chapter 630 of the laws of 2005, is amended.

§ 8. Paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section 355 of the education law
is amended by adding a new subparagraph 10.

§ 9. Subdivision 7 of section 6206 of the education law is amended by
adding a new paragraph (d).

§ 10. Section 6305 of the education law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 8-a.

§ 11. Paragraph d of subdivision 3 of section 6451 of the education
law, as amended by chapter 149 of the laws of 1972, is amended.

§ 12. Subparagraph (v) of paragraph a of subdivision 4 of section 6452
of the education law, as added by chapter 917 of the laws of 1
970, is amended.

JUSTIFICATION:
As a state with one of the largest immigrant populations, NY should be
at the forefront of progressive immigration policies, pushing
back on the tide of national and local anti-immigrant policies. The NY
Dream Act will respect the dignity and contributions of undocumented
youth in the state by giving them access to state financial aid
programs.

This bill is about access to education, but it is also about providing
a pathway to economic prosperity for both the individual receiving
the education and for the state. Increasing the education level
of workers also increases their productivity, and the more highly
educated the state's labor force, the more attractive the state is
as a place to locate businesses.

There are currently an estimated 475,000 undocumented immigrants in
the New York State labor force. Having large numbers of undocumented
workers should not be considered a permanent situation: federal
reform is urgently needed to fix immigration policy. But gridlock
at the federal level should not prevent New York State from investing
in its own economy.

The National Skills Coalition reports that New York is facing a
shortage of workers who have the required skill level for most job
openings. New York would benefit greatly from undocumented students
receiving access to a college education. in fact, NSC also estimates
that 39% of all future job openings will require at least an
associate's degree.

Furthermore, it is universally accepted that those who pay taxes
should benefit from those taxes, whether those benefits be public
safety or access to higher education.

According to the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy,
undocumented immigrants paid over $662 million in taxes to New York
State
in 2010, making it the state with the fourth highest revenue in
taxes from undocumented immigrants. They paid approximately; $104.4
million in personal income taxes, $95 million in property taxes, and
over $463 million in sales taxes. It is unjust, unfair and
un-American to collect well over a half a billion dollars in tax revenue
from undocumented immigrants only to deny them financial support
that is granted to other New Yorkers.

Despite an unprecedented year of action and escalation taken by
undocumented youth, the United States Congress failed to pass the DREAM
Act in 2010. This has left undocumented youth in NY without any
form or

relief. It is now up to the State of NY to provide dignity and
recognition for these promising and deserving young people.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: Referred to Rules.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after the issuance of
regulations on the deferred action for childhood arrivals program
by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, or on
the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law, whichever shall
be latex, provided however, that effective immediately, the
addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary
for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized
and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective
date; provided that the commissioner of education shall notify the
legislative bill drafting commission upon the occurrence of the
issuance of the regulations on the deferred action for childhood
arrivals program by the United States Citizenship and Immigration
Services in order that the commission may maintain an accurate and
timely effective data base of the official text of the laws of the
state of New York in furtherance of effectuating the provisions of
section 44 of the legislative law and section 70-b of the public
officers law.

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

                                  1567

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 10, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  ADDABBO,  DIAZ, DILAN, HASSELL-THOMPSON, PERKINS,
  STAVISKY -- 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 including e-mail
  addresses in voter registration data

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

  Section 1. Paragraphs (k) and (l) of subdivision 5 of section 5-210 of
the election law, as amended by chapter 179 of the laws of 2005, subpar-
agraph  (xii)  of  paragraph  (k) as added by chapter 362 of the laws of
2008, are amended to read as follows:
  (k) The form shall also include space for the  following  information,
which must be contained on the inside of the form after it is folded for
mailing:
  (i) A space for the applicant to indicate whether or not he or she has
ever voted or registered to vote before and, if so, the approximate year
in which such applicant last voted or registered and his or her name and
address at the time.
  (ii) The name and residence address of the applicant including the zip
code and apartment number, if any.
  (iii)  A SPACE FOR THE FURNISHING OF AN E-MAIL ADDRESS, THE FURNISHING
OF WHICH SHALL BE OPTIONAL, TOGETHER WITH A NOTICE STATING  THAT  IF  AN
E-MAIL  ADDRESS  IS  FURNISHED, ALL NOTICES AND COMMUNICATIONS OTHERWISE
REQUIRED TO BE SENT BY THE STATE BOARD OF  ELECTIONS  TO  THE  VOTER  BY
POSTAL  MAIL  SHALL BE SENT BY E-MAIL IN ADDITION TO POSTAL MAIL. COUNTY
BOARDS OF ELECTIONS AND THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS OF THE CITY OF  NEW  YORK
SHALL  HAVE  THE  OPTION OF SENDING NOTICES AND COMMUNICATIONS OTHERWISE
REQUIRED TO BE SENT TO THE VOTER BY POSTAL MAIL BY E-MAIL IN ADDITION TO
POSTAL MAIL IF THE VOTER FURNISHES AN EMAIL ADDRESS.
  (IV) The date of birth of the applicant.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00372-01-1

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  [(iv)] (V) A space for the applicant to indicate his or  her  driver's
license  or  department  of motor vehicles non-driver photo ID number or
the last four digits of his or her social security  number  or,  if  the
applicant does not have either such number, a space for the applicant to
indicate he or she does not have either.
  [(v)]  (VI) A space for the applicant to indicate whether or not he or
she is a citizen of the United States and the statement "If you  checked
"no" in response to this question, do not complete this form."
  [(vi)]  (VII)  A  space for the applicant to answer the question "Will
you be 18 years of age on or before election day?" and the statement "If
you checked "no" in response to this question, do not complete this form
unless you will be 18 by the end of the year."
  [(vii)] (VIII) A statement informing the applicant that if the form is
submitted by mail and the applicant is registering for the  first  time,
certain  information  or  documents  must  be submitted with the mail-in
registration form in order to avoid additional  identification  require-
ments  upon  voting  for  the first time. Such information and documents
are:
  (A) a driver's license or  department  of  motor  vehicles  non-driver
photo ID number; or
  (B)  the  last four digits of the individual's social security number;
or
  (C) a copy of a current and valid photo identification; or
  (D) a copy of a  current  utility  bill,  bank  statement,  government
check,  paycheck  or  other  government document that shows the name and
address of the voter.
  [(viii)] (IX) The gender of the applicant (optional).
  [(ix)] (X) A space for the applicant to indicate his or her choice  of
party enrollment, with a clear alternative provided for the applicant to
decline to affiliate with any party.
  [(x)] (XI) The telephone number of the applicant (optional).
  [(xi)]  (XII)  A place for the applicant to execute the form on a line
which is clearly  labeled  "signature  of  applicant"  preceded  by  the
following specific form of affirmation:
  AFFIDAVIT: I swear or affirm that:
     * I am a citizen of the United States.
     * I will have lived in the county, city, or village for at least 30
       days before the election.
     * I  meet  all  the  requirements  to  register to vote in New York
       State.
     * This is my signature or mark on the line below.
     * All the information contained on  this  application  is  true.  I
       understand that if it is not true I can be convicted and fined up
       to $5,000 and/or jailed for up to four years.
which  form of affirmation shall be followed by a space for the date and
the aforementioned line for the applicant's signature.
  [(xii)] (XIII) A space for the applicant to register in the  New  York
state  donate  life  registry for organ and tissue donations established
pursuant to section forty-three hundred ten of the public health law.
  (l) The mail voter registration  application  form  developed  by  the
federal  election  commission pursuant to the provisions of section nine
of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 42 USC 1973gg-7 shall  be
deemed  to  meet  the  requirements of this section. Any application for
registration received on such an application form shall be  accepted  if
the  applicant is otherwise eligible to register to vote pursuant to the
provisions of this article.   A VOTER  WHOSE  REGISTRATION  IS  ACCEPTED

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PURSUANT  TO  THE  PROVISIONS  OF  THIS  PARAGRAPH SHALL BE PERMITTED TO
FURNISH AN E-MAIL ADDRESS TO THE BOARD OF  ELECTIONS,  WHICH  FURNISHING
SHALL  CARRY  THE  SAME  NOTICE  AND HAVE THE SAME EFFECT AS PROVIDED BY
SUBPARAGRAPH (III) OF PARAGRAPH (K) OF THIS SUBDIVISION.
  S  2.  Paragraph  d  of subdivision 4 of section 5-500 of the election
law, as amended by chapter 659 of the laws of 1994, is amended  to  read
as follows:
  d.  The residence address at which the voter claims to reside and post
office address, if not the same; and the number or  designation  of  the
room,  apartment,  or  floor occupied by the voter if he OR SHE does not
claim the entire building as his OR  HER  residence;  AND  IN  ADDITION,
SPACE  FOR  THE FURNISHING OF AN E-MAIL ADDRESS, THE FURNISHING OF WHICH
SHALL BE OPTIONAL, TOGETHER WITH A NOTICE  STATING  THAT  IF  AN  E-MAIL
ADDRESS  IS FURNISHED, ALL NOTICES AND COMMUNICATIONS OTHERWISE REQUIRED
TO BE SENT BY THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS TO THE VOTER BY  POSTAL  MAIL
SHALL  BE  SENT  BY  E-MAIL IN ADDITION TO POSTAL MAIL. COUNTY BOARDS OF
ELECTIONS AND THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK SHALL  HAVE
THE  OPTION  OF SENDING NOTICES AND COMMUNICATIONS OTHERWISE REQUIRED TO
BE SENT TO THE VOTER BY POSTAL MAIL BY E-MAIL IN ADDITION TO POSTAL MAIL
IF THE VOTER FURNISHES AN E-MAIL ADDRESS;
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of January next  succeed-
ing  the  date  on  which  it shall have become a law; provided that the
state board of elections is authorized to promulgate any and  all  rules
and  regulations and take any other measures necessary to implement this
act on its effective date on or before such date.

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