senate Bill S6691

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Shortens the time frame within which a meeting may be called to vote on consolidation of school districts after qualified voters have not voted in favor of consolidation

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 04, 2012 referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 30, 2012 advanced to third reading
May 23, 2012 2nd report cal.
May 22, 2012 1st report cal.867
Mar 09, 2012 referred to education

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S6691 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10241
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง1512, Ed L

S6691 - Bill Texts

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Shortens the time frame within which a meeting may be called to vote on consolidation of school districts after qualified voters have not voted in favor of consolidation.

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BILL NUMBER:S6691

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to proceedings at meetings to
consolidate school districts

PURPOSE:
This bill would allow a re-vote on a school consolidation within 60
days of the original vote.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Amends subdivision 1 of section 1512 of the education law to allow a
re-vote on school consolidation within 60 days of original vote.

EXISTING LAW:
Current law does not allow a re-vote to take place prior to one year.

JUSTIFICATION:
A study found that districts with less than 1,500 students (which
makes up about half of the school districts in New York State) are
likely to cut per-pupil costs significantly by consolidating.
In today's economy, school districts need to look at all options. The
possible savings coupled with potential academic benefits warrant
consolidation being encouraged in the state.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediate.

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

                                  6691

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 9, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GRIFFO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to proceedings  at  meet-
  ings to consolidate school districts

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 1512  of  the  education  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  461  of  the  laws  of 1996, is amended to read as
follows:
  1. Such meeting shall be organized  as  provided  in  section  fifteen
hundred  twenty-three  OF THIS ARTICLE.  Such meeting may adopt a resol-
ution to consolidate such districts if two-thirds of the qualified elec-
tors of each district having less than  fifteen  of  such  electors  are
present,  or in case of districts having fifteen or more qualified elec-
tors if ten or more are present.  The vote upon such resolution shall be
by ballot or by taking and recording the ayes and noes.    If  the  vote
shall  be  by taking and recording the ayes and noes, the clerk and such
assistants as may be provided for him OR HER by the meeting shall keep a
poll-list upon which shall be recorded the names of all qualified  elec-
tors  voting  upon  the resolution, the districts in which such electors
reside, and how each elector voted.  If the vote shall be by ballot, one
or more inspectors of election shall be appointed in such manner as  the
meeting  shall  determine, who shall receive the votes cast, canvass the
same and announce the result of the ballot to the chairman.  If the vote
shall be by ballot then voting  machines  may  be  used  in  the  manner
prescribed  by  section  two  thousand  thirty-five  of this chapter and
provision shall be made for absentee ballots as provided in section  two
thousand  eighteen-a  or two thousand eighteen-b of this chapter.  If it
shall appear that a majority  of  the  qualified  electors  present  and
voting  from  each district are in favor of such resolution, it shall be
declared adopted and where at least one of the districts consolidated is
a union free school district it shall be lawful for such meeting  there-
after  to proceed to the election of a board of education as provided in
sections seventeen hundred two and seventeen hundred four of this  chap-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14347-01-2

S. 6691                             2

ter.    If  a majority of the qualified electors present and voting from
each  district  are  not  in  favor  of  such  resolution,  all  further
proceedings  at  such meeting, except a motion to reconsider or adjourn,
shall be dispensed with and no such meeting shall be again called within
[one year thereafter] SIXTY DAYS OF SUCH VOTE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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