senate Bill S4101A

Signed By Governor
2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to the public library construction grant program

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Sep 23, 2011 signed chap.498
Sep 12, 2011 delivered to governor
Jun 17, 2011 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1339
substituted for s4101a
Jun 17, 2011 substituted by a113a
Jun 16, 2011 ordered to third reading cal.1339
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jun 10, 2011 print number 4101a
amend (t) and recommit to finance
Jun 07, 2011 reported and committed to finance
Mar 17, 2011 referred to education

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S4101 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A113A
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §273-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S4248B, A6155D

S4101 - Bill Texts

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Relates to state aid for library projects construction grant program; increases state aid to up to 75% of total costs if the buildings are located in an economically disadvantaged community; provides acquisition of vacant land be considered an approved cost; provides that the application for state aid include documentation demonstrating that the project will address the needs of geographically isolated or economically disadvantaged communities; provides for an annual report on the library projects be submitted to the legislature.

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BILL NUMBER:S4101

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to state aid for library
projects

PURPOSE:
This legislation would amend section 273-a of the education
law to enable more public libraries to utilize the state construction
grant program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one amends subdivision one of
subdivision four of section 273-a of the education law. Subdivision
one of section 273-a is amended to include the acquisition of vacant
land within the scope of construction projects that shall receive
state aid.
Subdivision one is amended further to allow libraries that serve
economically disadvantaged communities to be eligible to receive
state aid for up to seventy-five percent of the approved total
project costs, provided that the state liability for aid paid
pursuant to this section shall be limited to funds appropriated for
such purpose. This section also sets forth the criteria to be used to
determine whether a community is economically disadvantaged for the
purposes of this section.

Section two provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
The Public Library construction Grant program currently
provides $14 million in bonded funds to public libraries and library
systems throughout the state for renovation and construction
projects. The matching requirements of 50/50 are too onerous for
libraries in high-needs areas of the state to meet. This legislation
would lower the matching threshold to 75/25 for public libraries in
economically disadvantaged communities, making it easier for these
libraries to receive much-needed construction grants. This
legislation would also permit the funds to be used to purchase vacant
land, which is not currently permitted.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
Same as S.4248-B, 2009 and 2010 in Education
A.6155-D, 2009 and 2010 in Ways and Means.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                  4101

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 17, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  FARLEY,  DeFRANCISCO,  GRIFFO,  JOHNSON,  LARKIN,
  MAZIARZ, RANZENHOFER, SEWARD, ZELDIN -- read twice and ordered  print-
  ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN  ACT to amend the education law, in relation to state aid for library
  projects

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  1  of section 273-a of the education law, as
amended by section 4 of part A of chapter 57 of the  laws  of  2009,  is
amended to read as follows:
  1. A. State aid shall be provided for up to fifty percent of the total
project  approved costs, excluding feasibility studies, plans or similar
activities, for projects for the acquisition  OF  VACANT  LAND  AND  THE
ACQUISITION,   construction,  renovation  or  rehabilitation,  including
leasehold improvements, of buildings of  public  libraries  and  library
systems chartered by the regents of the state of New York or established
by  act of the legislature subject to the limitations provided in subdi-
vision four of this section  and  upon  approval  by  the  commissioner,
EXCEPT  THAT  STATE AID SHALL BE PROVIDED FOR UP TO SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT
OF THE TOTAL PROJECT APPROVED COSTS FOR BUILDINGS  OF  PUBLIC  LIBRARIES
THAT ARE LOCATED IN AN ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITY.
  B. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE TERM "ECONOMICALLY DISAD-
VANTAGED COMMUNITY" SHALL MEAN AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
  (1)  A  POLITICAL  SUBDIVISION WITHIN WHICH FIFTEEN PERCENT OR MORE OF
THE POPULATION IS LIVING IN POVERTY  AS  SHOWN  ON  THE  LATEST  FEDERAL
CENSUS.    FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS PARAGRAPH, A "POLITICAL SUBDIVISION"
SHALL MEAN THE SMALLEST GEOGRAPHIC MUNICIPALITY WITHIN WHICH THE  BUILD-
ING  IS  LOCATED INCLUDING A VILLAGE, A CITY, A BOROUGH OR A TOWN WITH A
POPULATION SHOWN ON THE LATEST FEDERAL CENSUS. FOR THE PURPOSES OF  THIS
PARAGRAPH,  "POVERTY"  IS  DEFINED AS THOSE INDIVIDUALS LIVING BELOW THE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00907-01-1

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POVERTY LEVEL FOR THE POLITICAL  SUBDIVISION  AS  SHOWN  BY  THE  LATEST
FEDERAL CENSUS.
  (2)  A  PUBLIC  SCHOOL DISTRICT WITHIN WHICH THE PERCENTAGE OF STUDENT
ENROLLMENT THAT IS  ELIGIBLE  FOR  FREE  AND  REDUCED  LUNCH  UNDER  THE
NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM IS SIXTY-FIVE PERCENT OR MORE FOR AT LEAST
ONE  MONTH  DURING  THE TWELVE MONTHS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF FILING OF THE
GRANT APPLICATION TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR STATE AID  UNDER  THIS  SUBDIVI-
SION.
  (3)  A  POLITICAL SUBDIVISION AS DESCRIBED IN SUBPARAGRAPH ONE OF THIS
PARAGRAPH WITHIN WHICH THIRTEEN PERCENT OR MORE  OF  THE  POPULATION  IS
LIVING  IN POVERTY AND A PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT AS DESCRIBED IN SUBPARA-
GRAPH TWO OF THIS PARAGRAPH  WITHIN  WHICH  THE  PERCENTAGE  OF  STUDENT
ENROLLMENT  THAT  IS  ELIGIBLE  FOR  FREE  AND  REDUCED  LUNCH UNDER THE
NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM IS FIFTY PERCENT OR MORE.
  C. Provided however that the state liability for aid paid pursuant  to
this  section  shall  be limited to funds appropriated for such purpose.
Aid shall be provided on approved expenses incurred  during  the  period
commencing  July  first and ending June thirtieth for up to three years,
or until the project  is  completed,  whichever  occurs  first.    Fifty
percent  of  such  aid  shall  be payable to each system or library upon
approval of the application BY THE DEPARTMENT.   Forty percent  of  such
aid  shall  be  payable in the next state fiscal year. The remaining ten
percent shall be payable upon project completion.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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S4101A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A113A
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §273-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S4248B, A6155D

S4101A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Relates to state aid for library projects construction grant program; increases state aid to up to 75% of total costs if the buildings are located in an economically disadvantaged community; provides acquisition of vacant land be considered an approved cost; provides that the application for state aid include documentation demonstrating that the project will address the needs of geographically isolated or economically disadvantaged communities; provides for an annual report on the library projects be submitted to the legislature.

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BILL NUMBER:S4101A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to the public library
construction grant program; and providing for the repeal of such
provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE:
This legislation would amend section 273-a of the education
law to enable more public libraries to utilize the state construction
grant program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one amends 273-a of the education law.
Subdivision one of section 273-a is amended to include the
acquisition of vacant land within the scope of construction projects
that shall receive state aid. Subdivision one is amended further to
allow libraries that serve economically disadvantaged communities to
be eligible to receive state aid for up to seventy-five percent of
the approved total project costs, provided that the state liability
for aid paid pursuant to this section shall be limited to funds
appropriated for such purpose.

Subdivisions two and three of section 273-a are amended to require
that applications submitted which request state aid in an amount
greater than fifty percent must submit documentation demonstrating
how the project will address the service needs of one or more
economically disadvantaged communities. In approving any application
that would receive state aid beyond fifty percent of the total
project costs, the board of trustees of the library system shall give
particular attention to addressing the library service needs of
economically disadvantaged communities.

A new subdivision 7 is added to require the commissioner to submit a
report.

JUSTIFICATION:
The Public Library construction Grant program currently
provides $14 million in bonded funds to public libraries and library
systems throughout the state for renovation and construction
projects. The matching requirements of 50/50 are too onerous for
libraries in high-needs areas of the state to meet. This legislation
would lower the matching threshold to 75/25 for public libraries in
economically disadvantaged communities, making it easier for these
libraries to receive much needed construction grants. This legislation
would also permit the funds to be used to purchase vacant land, which
is not currently permitted.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

Same as S.4248-B of 2009-10
A.6155-D, of 2009-10.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
On the first of April next succeeding the date on
which it shall have become law, and shall expire on March 31, 2015.

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

                                 4101--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 17, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. FARLEY, ADDABBO, DeFRANCISCO, GRIFFO, HANNON, JOHN-
  SON, LARKIN, LAVALLE, MAZIARZ, RANZENHOFER, SEWARD, VALESKY, ZELDIN --
  read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to
  the  Committee  on Education -- 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  the  public  library
  construction  grant  program;  and  providing  for  the repeal of such
  provisions upon expiration thereof

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

  Section  1.  Section 273-a of the education law, as amended by chapter
572 of the laws of 2003, subdivision 1 as amended by section 4 of part A
of chapter 57 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows:
  S 273-a. State aid for library construction. 1.  State  aid  shall  be
provided  for  up  to fifty percent of the total project approved costs,
excluding feasibility studies, plans or similar activities, for projects
for the acquisition OF VACANT LAND AND  THE  ACQUISITION,  construction,
renovation  or  rehabilitation,  including  leasehold  improvements,  of
buildings of public libraries  and  library  systems  chartered  by  the
regents  of  the state of New York or established by act of the legisla-
ture subject to the limitations provided in subdivision [four]  FIVE  of
this  section  and  upon approval by the commissioner, EXCEPT THAT STATE
AID MAY BE PROVIDED FOR UP TO SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE TOTAL  PROJECT
APPROVED  COSTS FOR BUILDINGS OF PUBLIC LIBRARIES THAT ARE LOCATED IN AN
ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITY.  Provided however that  the  state
liability  for  aid  paid  pursuant  to this section shall be limited to
funds appropriated for such purpose. Aid shall be provided  on  approved
expenses  incurred  during  the  period commencing July first and ending
June thirtieth for up to three years, or until the project is completed,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00907-03-1

S. 4101--A                          2

whichever occurs first. Fifty percent of such aid shall  be  payable  to
each  system  or library upon approval of the application BY THE DEPART-
MENT.  Forty percent of such aid shall be  payable  in  the  next  state
fiscal  year.  The  remaining  ten percent shall be payable upon project
completion.
  2. Each application for state aid shall be submitted by the  board  of
trustees  of the library or library system responsible for the operation
of the subject building to the commissioner for his review and approval,
after having been reviewed and approved by the governing  board  of  the
public  library  system of which such library is a member. Each applica-
tion shall:
  a. demonstrate that resources are or shall be available to provide for
maximum utilization of the project if approved;
  b. contain verification in such form  as  may  be  acceptable  to  the
commissioner that the total cost of the project, exclusive of state aid,
has been or will be obtained;
  c.  demonstrate  that library operations would be made more economical
as a consequence of approval;
  d. be limited to one project concerning such building,  provided  that
no  building shall be the subject of more than one application per year;
[and]
  e. CONTAIN DOCUMENTATION, WHERE SUCH AN APPLICATION REQUESTS STATE AID
IN AN AMOUNT GREATER THAN FIFTY PERCENT, DEMONSTRATING HOW  THE  PROJECT
WILL ADDRESS THE SERVICE NEEDS OF ONE OR MORE ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED
COMMUNITIES.  SUCH  DOCUMENTATION  MAY  DEMONSTRATE NEED THROUGH POVERTY
RATES, CONCENTRATIONS OF ENGLISH  LANGUAGE  LEARNERS,  LOW  HIGH  SCHOOL
GRADUATION RATES, LIMITED FISCAL CAPACITY OR OTHER RELEVANT FACTORS; AND
  F.  provide  such  other information as may be required by the commis-
sioner.
  3. IN APPROVING ANY APPLICATION THAT WOULD RECEIVE  STATE  AID  BEYOND
FIFTY PERCENT OF THE TOTAL PROJECT APPROVED COSTS, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
OF  THE LIBRARY SYSTEM SHALL GIVE PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO ADDRESSING THE
LIBRARY SERVICE  NEEDS  OF  ECONOMICALLY  DISADVANTAGED  COMMUNITIES  AS
PROVIDED FOR IN PARAGRAPH E OF SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION.
  4.  In  approving  any application the commissioner shall consider the
condition of existing libraries and, where  appropriate,  the  needs  of
isolated  or  economically  disadvantaged  communities, provided that no
application shall be approved for  a  project  that  is  deemed  by  the
commissioner  to  have  been completed prior to the date of the applica-
tion.
  [4.] 5. Aid shall be distributed pursuant to this section as follows:
  a. sixty percent of the funds appropriated pursuant  to  this  section
shall  be  made available to libraries within each system by the commis-
sioner in such manner as to insure that the ratio of the amount received
within each system to the whole of the aid made  available  pursuant  to
this  paragraph is no greater than the ratio of the population served by
such system to the population of the state;
  b. forty percent of the funds appropriated pursuant  to  this  section
shall  be  made  available  to  library systems or libraries within each
system by the commissioner in such manner as to  insure  that  an  equal
amount is received within each system in the state;
  c.  any  funds  made  available  pursuant  to paragraph a or b of this
subdivision which by April first of each  succeeding  fiscal  year,  are
declined  by  such libraries or library systems for any reason, or which
cannot otherwise be used by such libraries or library  systems  for  any
reason,  shall  be  made available by the commissioner to other eligible

S. 4101--A                          3

libraries within such system, or if no such library can use  such  funds
shall be reallocated among the other library systems and their libraries
in  a  manner that will to the extent possible provide from such reallo-
cated funds an equal amount to each such system.
  [5.]  6.  The  commissioner  shall  adopt rules and regulations as are
necessary to carry out the purposes and provisions of this section.
  7. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL SUBMIT TO THE  TEMPORARY  PRESIDENT  OF  THE
SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY AN ANNUAL REPORT DESCRIBING THOSE
PROJECTS  THAT HAVE RECEIVED STATE FUNDING OF GREATER THAN FIFTY PERCENT
OF PROJECT COSTS AND THE COMMUNITIES TO BE SERVED BY THOSE PROJECTS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of April next  succeeding
the  date  on  which  it shall have become a law and shall expire and be
deemed repealed March 31, 2015.

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