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|Feb 03, 2011||referred to higher education|
senate Bill S2931
Archive: Last Bill Status -
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S2931 - Details
S2931 - Summary
Requires the biennial conducting of a referendum of the student body at each college and university of the state university of New York and city university of New York, and at each community college as to whether the student activity fees shall be mandatory or voluntary; requires the funds from such fees to be disbursed in a fair and neutral manner without regard to the viewpoints of organizations requesting funding; requires the posting of a notice of the purpose of such fee and the mission statements of all organizations receiving disbursements from such fees.
S2931 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S2931 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to student activity fees PURPOSE: To ensure that student activity fee programs in place at SUNY, CUNY and community colleges in New York State adhere to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on this matter regarding viewpoint neutrality in funding decisions, to require colleges and universities to post information on the student activity fee on a publicly accessible website, and to require a referendum of the student body at least every two years as to whether the student activity fee shall be mandatory or voluntary. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one adds a new subdivision 20 to section 355 of the education law to: require that every college or university in the SUNY system post conspicuously on a publicly accessible website notice describing the purpose of the fee and the requirements set forth in this section; require a referendum at least every two years to determine whether the student activity fee shall be voluntary or mandatory; prohibit the use of a referendum for the determination of funding for any particular organization; provide that any student group that is officially recognized by the student government is eligible to
S2931 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 2931 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E February 3, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sen. JOHNSON -- 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 student activity fees 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. STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE. A. DISCLOSURE. EVERY COLLEGE OR UNIVERSI- TY OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY SHALL CONSPICUOUSLY POST ON A PUBLICLY ACCES- SIBLE WEBSITE A NOTICE REGARDING THE STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE WHICH SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: (1) THE PURPOSE OF SUCH FEE, (2) THE RULES AND PROCEDURES FOR THE ALLOCATION OF FUNDS FROM SUCH FEE, (3) THE NAME AND MISSION STATEMENT OF EACH STUDENT ORGANIZATION THAT RECEIVED FUNDING FROM SUCH FEE DURING THE PREVIOUS ACADEMIC YEAR, (4) THE REQUIREMENT THAT ALL FUNDING DECISIONS BE MADE IN AN OPEN FORUM WHERE ALL STUDENTS ARE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT, (5) THAT ALL FUNDING DECISIONS SHALL BE MADE IN A FAIR AND NEUTRAL MANNER WITHOUT REGARD TO THE VIEWPOINTS OF THE ORGANIZATION REQUESTING FUNDING, AND (6) THAT A REFERENDUM SHALL BE HELD AT LEAST EVERY TWO YEARS THE PURPOSE OF WHICH IS TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE SHALL BE MANDATORY OR VOLUNTARY. B. REFERENDUM. PRIOR TO THE CLOSE OF THE FIRST FULL ACADEMIC YEAR IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION, AND AT LEAST ONCE EVERY TWO YEARS THEREAFTER, THE STUDENT BODY AT EACH COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY OPERATED BY THE STATE UNIVERSITY SHALL DETERMINE BY REFER- ENDUM WHETHER STUDENT ACTIVITY PROGRAMS SHALL BE SUPPORTED BY EITHER VOLUNTARY OR MANDATORY STUDENT FEES. SUCH REFERENDUM SHALL BE CONDUCTED ON CAMPUS AT AN EASILY ACCESSIBLE POLLING PLACE OR PLACES AND AT SUCH TIME AS SHALL BE CONVENIENT FOR THE GREATEST NUMBER OF STUDENTS. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL FUNDING FOR ANY PARTICULAR ORGANIZATION BE DETER- MINED BY REFERENDUM. NOTICE OF SUCH REFERENDUM SHALL BE CONSPICUOUSLY POSTED AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS ON CAMPUS FOR NOT LESS THAN FIFTEEN DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE ON WHICH THE REFERENDUM SHALL BE CONDUCTED. SUCH NOTICE SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, THE DATE ON WHICH THE
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