senate Bill S5244

Signed By Governor
2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires the state library to be open for at least eight hours each day on five days every week

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  • In Committee
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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Aug 02, 2011 signed chap.261
Jul 22, 2011 delivered to governor
Jun 20, 2011 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.526
substituted for a6839
referred to ways and means
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 14, 2011 advanced to third reading
Jun 13, 2011 2nd report cal.
Jun 07, 2011 1st report cal.1146
May 03, 2011 referred to education

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S5244 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6839
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง249, Ed L

S5244 - Bill Texts

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Requires the state library to be open for at least eight hours each day on five days every week.

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BILL NUMBER:S5244

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to requiring the state library
to be open for at least eight hours each day on five days every
week

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill requires the state library
to be open for at least eight hours each day on five days every week
of the year except for specified legal holidays.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 requires the state library
to be open for at least eight hours each day on five days every week
of the year except for specified legal holidays. Section 2 makes the
bill once enacted, effective immediately.

JUSTIFICATION:
The bill keeps the state library open as required by
current law but allows the Regents flexibility to determine on what
days the library, and therefore the state museum where the library is
located, will be open. Current law requires the state library to be
open on weekdays. SED reports that the law requiring the library to
open on weekdays dates to a time when the state library served as the
legislative library. The legislature now has its own library and
legislators no longer need the state library for legislative business.

Flexibility will keep the library open but allow the Regents to decide
which days are most useful for the public. It is important that New
York open its resources such as the state museum and state library to
allow the public the best opportunity to use them. The public is more
likely to visit the museum and use the library when they have the
time to do so.
For example, there are more visitors to the museum on Saturdays and
Sundays than Mondays. This bill will allow the Regents to develop the
best schedule for the library, museum and public.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                  5244

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 3, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. McDONALD -- 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  requiring  the  state
  library  to  be  open  for  at least eight hours each day on five days
  every week

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

  Section  1.  Section  249  of  the education law is amended to read as
follows:
  S 249. State library, when open; use of  books.    The  state  library
shall  be  kept  open  [not less than] AT LEAST eight hours [every week]
EACH day ON FIVE DAYS EVERY WEEK in the year except the  legal  holidays
known  as  Independence  day,  Thanksgiving  day and Christmas day[, and
members]. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PROHIBIT THE REGENTS FROM  OPEN-
ING  THE STATE LIBRARY ON OTHER DAYS AND TIMES.  MEMBERS of the legisla-
ture, judges of the court of appeals, justices of the supreme court  and
heads  of state departments may borrow from the library books for use in
Albany, but shall be subject to such restrictions and penalties  as  may
be prescribed by the regents for the safety or greater usefulness of the
library.   Under such rules and conditions as the regents may prescribe,
the state library may lend its books and printed material for a  limited
time  to other individuals and institutions conforming to said rules and
conditions.  Such service shall be free to residents of  this  state  as
far  as  practicable, but the regents may, in their discretion, charge a
proper fee to nonresidents or for assistance of a personal nature or for
other reason not properly an expense to the  state,  but  which  may  be
authorized for the accommodation of users of the library.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09852-02-1

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