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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 04, 2012||referred to codes|
|Jan 05, 2011||referred to codes|
senate Bill S883
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S883 - Details
- Current Committee:
- Law Section:
- Civil Rights Law
- Laws Affected:
- Add §79-o, Civ Rts L
- Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S883 - Summary
Enacts the religious freedom restoration act; provides that government shall not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion by any act or failure to act; requires that religious rights may not be burdened by government absent compelling interest and requires that the application of any rule in furtherance of such compelling interest be performed the least restrictive manner.
S883 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S883 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law and the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to disqualification of persons employed as school bus monitors and bus drivers PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To prohibit individuals who are convicted of certain offenses involving children from being school bus monitors and to prohibit individuals convicted of "Leandra's Law" violations from being school bus drivers for a period of five years. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1: Amends the Education Law by adding a new section 3635-d which defines school bus monitors as "any adult employed by a school district or a private entity to ride on a school bus for the purpose of ensuring the safety of its passengers or for monitoring the conduct of the bus passengers" and prohibits individuals who have been convicted of certain offenses involving children, sexual based offenses and drug offenses from being school bus monitors. It also requires school bus monitors to be fingerprinted to determine whether or not they have been convicted of a crime that would disqualify them from being a school bus monitor.
S883 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 883 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes AN ACT to amend the civil rights law, in relation to enacting the reli- gious freedom restoration act THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The civil rights law is amended by adding a new section 79-o to read as follows: S 79-O. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT. 1. THE LEGISLATURE HEREBY FINDS AND DECLARES THAT THE INALIENABLE RIGHT TO THE FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGION IS SECURED BY THE NEW YORK STATE AND FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONS AND MAY NOT BE BURDENED BY GOVERNMENT ABSENT COMPELLING INTEREST AND JUSTI- FICATION, AND THAT SUCH COMPELLING INTEREST MUST MEET THE TESTS OF BEING MORE THAN ROUTINE, MUST RELATE DIRECTLY TO CORE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES, AND MUST DO MORE THAN MERELY IMPROVE GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY. THE LEGISLA- TURE FURTHER FINDS IT TO BE IN EVERY SENSE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO REQUIRE, AND HEREBY REQUIRES, AS A MATTER OF STATE POLICY, THAT THE APPLICATION OF ANY RULE IN FURTHERANCE OF SUCH COMPELLING INTEREST BE PERFORMED IN THE LEAST RESTRICTIVE MANNER. THE LEGISLATURE DECLARES THAT THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION ARE IN EVERY SENSE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, THOSE INTERESTS BEING: TO PROVIDE A STANDARDIZED AND WORKABLE TEST FOR BALANCING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AND GOVERNMENT INTER- ESTS; TO GUARANTEE APPLICATION OF SUCH TEST IN ALL CASES WHERE EXERCISE OF RELIGION IS SUBSTANTIALLY BURDENED; TO REQUIRE AS A MATTER OF STATE POLICY THAT THE APPLICATION OF ANY RULE OR ACTION BY THE GOVERNMENT IN ANY SUCH CASES BE EXECUTED IN THE LEAST RESTRICTIVE MANNER POSSIBLE; AND TO PROVIDE A CLAIM OR DEFENSE TO PERSONS WHOSE RELIGIOUS EXERCISE IS SUBSTANTIALLY BURDENED BY GOVERNMENT ACTIONS. 2. AS USED IN THIS SECTION: EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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