senate Bill S7239

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Removes financial disincentives for voluntary public library system and reference and research library resources system mergers

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Vetoed by Governor

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Oct 03, 2012 vetoed memo.171
Sep 21, 2012 delivered to governor
Jun 19, 2012 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.366
substituted for a10347
Jun 13, 2012 referred to ways and means
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1250
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jun 05, 2012 reported and committed to finance
May 02, 2012 referred to education

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Jun 13, 2012 - Rules committee Vote

S7239
24
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committee
24
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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Jun 5, 2012 - Education committee Vote

S7239
17
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committee
17
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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S7239 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10347
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §273, Ed L

S7239 - Bill Texts

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Removes financial disincentives for voluntary public library system and reference and research library resources system mergers.

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BILL NUMBER:S7239

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to state aid to libraries and
library systems

PURPOSE:
This bill would eliminate the financial disincentive under the current
state aid formulas for the merging of library systems.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill adds a new paragraph (o) to 273(1) Education Law
to provide that any new public library system established through
merger on or after April 1, 2012 shall continue to receive at least
the same level of funding annually as the component systems would
have received individually as of the fiscal year immediately
preceeding the year in which the merger was approved.

Section 2 of the bill adds a new paragraph (d) to 273(4) Education Law
to provide that any new reference and research library resources
system established through merger on or after April 1, 2012 shall
continue to receive at least the same level of funding annually as
the component systems would have received individually as of the
fiscal year immediately preceeding the year in which the merger was
approved.

JUSTIFICATION:
New York currently has 23 public library systems and 9 reference and
research library systems which provide a variety of services to
numerous local libraries. These systems play an important role in
ensuring the availability of library services throughout the State,
and work closely with local libraries to assist them with their
needs. Some systems have considered the possibility of merging in
order to operate more efficiently and effectively and to retain or
expand their services.
However, under the current state aid formulas, systems which merge
would receive less state aid than the component systems would receive
if they remained separate entities. This bill would preserve current
levels of state aid for library systems that merge, thereby
eliminating a potential financial disincentive for such mergers.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to the State, as merged systems would
continue to receive the same level of state aid as the component
systems had received separately.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                  7239

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 2, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  FARLEY -- 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 state aid to libraries
  and library systems

  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  of the education law is
amended by adding a new paragraph o to read as follows:
  O. ANY NEW PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM  ESTABLISHED  THROUGH  MERGER  ON  OR
AFTER  APRIL  FIRST,  TWO  THOUSAND  TWELVE, SHALL RECEIVE NO LESS STATE
FORMULA AID THAN THE COMPONENT PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEMS WERE  ENTITLED  TO
RECEIVE  UNDER THIS SECTION AND SECTIONS TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY-TWO AND TWO
HUNDRED EIGHTY-FIVE OF THIS PART IN THE FISCAL YEAR IMMEDIATELY PRECEED-
ING THE YEAR IN WHICH SUCH MERGER IS APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER.
  S 2. Subdivision 4 of section 273 of the education law is  amended  by
adding a new paragraph d to read as follows:
  D. ANY NEW REFERENCE AND RESEARCH LIBRARY RESOURCES SYSTEM ESTABLISHED
THROUGH  MERGER  ON  OR  AFTER  APRIL  FIRST, TWO THOUSAND TWELVE, SHALL
RECEIVE NO LESS STATE FORMULA  AID  THAN  THE  COMPONENT  REFERENCE  AND
RESEARCH  LIBRARY  RESOURCES SYSTEMS WERE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE UNDER THIS
SECTION AND SECTION TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY-TWO OF THIS PART IN  THE  FISCAL
YEAR  IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE YEAR IN WHICH SUCH MERGER IS APPROVED BY
THE COMMISSIONER.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15509-01-2

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