senate Bill S2018A

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires distribution of information on obtaining library card and application to all students

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Jul 31, 2013 signed chap.247
Jul 19, 2013 delivered to governor
Jun 21, 2013 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading cal.462
substituted for a3560a
Jun 12, 2013 referred to ways and means
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 11, 2013 ordered to third reading cal.1231
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 30, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Apr 18, 2013 print number 2018a
amend (t) and recommit to education
Jan 09, 2013 referred to education

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S2018 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3560A
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §816, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S4174A, A6239A, A8976
2009-2010: A11036A

S2018 - Bill Texts

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Requires distribution of information on obtaining library card and application to all students.

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BILL NUMBER:S2018

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
requiring school districts to distribute to students in each school
building written information about the public library and how to obtain
a library card

PURPOSE: This bill expands access to the New York State public library
system by requiring school districts to distribute informational materi-
al to students entering certain grade levels and students new to a
particular school and to keep such materials available at all times in a
school's library.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill amends the Education Law by adding a
new section 816 relating to requiring school districts to distribute
information on obtaining a library card and a library card application
to all students.

Section 1 adds a new section 816 to the Education Law with subsection
(1) that defines key terms.

Subsection (2) requires that school districts disseminate informational
materials about the public library. Such information is to be provided
by the local library to each school for distribution to students upon
his/her entry into kindergarten grade 6, 9 and to all new students.

Subsection (3) requires that school districts consult with the director
of each public library located within the boundaries of the school
district.

Subsection (4) requires that the local public library provides suffi-
cient materials to each school.

Subsection (5) waives compliance for school districts that do not have
public libraries within their boundaries.

Subsection (6) allows the commissioner to establish rules and regu-
lations to implement these provisions.

Subsection (7) states nothing in this act shall require a school
district to expend additional funds in order to comply with the
provisions of this section.

Section 2 provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: A public library card provides students with a passport
to the world, allowing them to explore the limits of their own imagina-
tion. Ensuring that every students has access to our public libraries
is a crucial first step in developing a lifelong connection with some of
New York's greatest resources. This bill expands learning opportunities
by requiring that the Department of Education distribute an application
for a library card, as well as information about the State's public

library systems to every kindergarten, sixth grader, and high school
freshman as well as all new students. The bill also ensures that appli-
cations and information on the public library system are provided in
sufficient quantities and made available to students and parents alike
in the school's library.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.4174-A of 2012

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the next September 1
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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

                                  2018

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

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  requiring  school
  districts  to  distribute  to students in each school building written
  information about the public library and how to obtain a library card

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

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 816 to
read as follows:
  S  816.  DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD APPLICATION MATERIALS. 1.
DEFINITIONS. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL
BE DEFINED AS FOLLOWS:
  A. "SCHOOL DISTRICT" SHALL MEAN ANY  PUBLIC  SCHOOL  DISTRICT  IN  THE
STATE OF NEW YORK THAT CONTAINS ONE OR MORE SCHOOLS WITH ANY COMBINATION
OF  GRADES FROM AND INCLUDING KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE TWELVE WHICH IS
LOCATED OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY.
  B. "PUBLIC LIBRARY" SHALL MEAN ANY PUBLIC OR  ASSOCIATION  LIBRARY  AS
DEFINED IN SECTION TWO HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE OF THIS TITLE WHICH IS LOCATED
OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY.
  2. EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL BE REQUIRED TO DISSEMINATE INFORMATIONAL
MATERIALS  ABOUT  THE PUBLIC LIBRARY AND APPLICATIONS FOR PUBLIC LIBRARY
CARDS TO STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AS FOLLOWS:
  A. ANNUALLY TO EVERY STUDENT OF SUCH SCHOOL DISTRICT UPON HIS  OR  HER
ENTRY INTO KINDERGARTEN, GRADE SIX AND GRADE NINE;
  B. TO EVERY STUDENT UPON HIS OR HER ENROLLMENT AS A NEW STUDENT; AND
  C.  AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES IN THE SCHOOL LIBRARY IN EACH SCHOOL WITHIN
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS WHO  WISH  TO  OBTAIN  SUCH
MATERIALS.
  3.  EACH  SCHOOL  DISTRICT SHALL CONSULT ANNUALLY WITH THE DIRECTOR OF
EACH PUBLIC LIBRARY LOCATED WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00118-01-3

S. 2018                             2

IN ORDER TO REQUEST COPIES OF MATERIALS CONTAINING INFORMATION REGARDING
THE LIBRARY, INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW STUDENTS MAY OBTAIN A LIBRARY CARD  AND
AN APPLICATION FOR A LIBRARY CARD.
  4.  EACH  PUBLIC  LIBRARY THAT IS LOCATED IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL
PROVIDE SUFFICIENT COPIES OF SUCH MATERIALS TO THE SCHOOL  DISTRICT  FOR
DISTRIBUTION  AS  DESCRIBED  IN  SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION SO THAT
EACH SCHOOL MAY SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION.
  5. IN THE EVENT THERE IS NO PUBLIC LIBRARY LOCATED WITHIN THE  BOUNDA-
RIES OF A SCHOOL DISTRICT, SUCH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO
COMPLY WITH THIS SECTION.
  6.  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH RULES AND
REGULATIONS TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  7. NOTHING IN THIS ACT SHALL REQUIRE A SCHOOL DISTRICT TO EXPEND ADDI-
TIONAL FUNDS IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  S 2. This act shall  take  effect  on  the  first  of  September  next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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S2018A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3560A
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §816, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S4174A, A6239A, A8976
2009-2010: A11036A

S2018A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Requires distribution of information on obtaining library card and application to all students.

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BILL NUMBER:S2018A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the
distribution of library card applications and information in public
schools

PURPOSE: This bill expands access to the New York State public
library system by encouraging local libraries and schools to enter
into partnerships to make library card applications and library
information available to students, thereby encouraging children to
read and learn outside the classroom.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill amends the Education Law by adding a
new section 816 relating to the distribution of information on
obtaining a library card and a library card application to students.

Section 1 adds a new section 816 to the Education Law with subsection
(1) providing the legislative intent and subsection (2) defining the
terms of school district and public library.

Subsection (3) provides that, upon the request of a public library
that is located within the boundaries of a school district, the
district shall disseminate library card applications and informational
material provided by the local library. Upon request, such items shall
be distributed to students upon their entry into kindergarten, grade
6, and grade 9 and to all new students. Materials shall also be made
available in the school library.

Subsection (4) provides that the director of each participating public
library shall consult annually with the school district in order to
coordinate the provision of materials containing information regarding
the library, instructions on how students may obtain a library card
and an application for a library card.

Subsection (5) states that the participating local public library
shall provide sufficient materials to each school.

Subsection (6) clarifies that school districts that do not have public
libraries within their boundaries are not required to comply with this
law.

Subsection (7) allows the Commissioner of Education to establish rules
and regulations to implement these provisions.

Subsection (8) states nothing in this act shall require a school
district to expend additional funds in order to comply with the
provisions of this section.

Subsection (9) provides that this law shall not apply to a school
district or a library in a city of one million or more where such
district or library are subject to a local law which was adopted prior
to the enactment of this section and which provides for the
distribution of library materials in public schools.

Section 2 provides the effective date.


JUSTIFICATION: A public library card provides students with a
passport to the world, allowing them to explore the limits of their
own imagination. Ensuring that every student has access to our public
libraries is a crucial first step in developing a lifelong connection
with some of New York's greatest resources. This bill expands learning
opportunities by encouraging libraries and schools to enter into
partnerships to distribute an application for a library card, as well
as information about the public library, to every kindergartener,
sixth grader, and high school freshman as well as all new students.
The bill also ensures that applications and information on the public
library system are provided in sufficient quantities and made
available to students and parents alike in the school's library.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Similar to S. 4174-A of 2012

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the next September 1
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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

                                 2018--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. FARLEY, ADDABBO, AVELLA, BOYLE, DeFRANCISCO, ESPAIL-
  LAT,  GRISANTI,  LARKIN, LAVALLE, MARTINS, MAZIARZ, MONTGOMERY, NOZZO-
  LIO, RANZENHOFER, RITCHIE, SEWARD -- read twice and  ordered  printed,
  and  when  printed  to  be  committed to the Committee on Education --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend the education law, in relation to the distribution of
  library card applications and information in public schools

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

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 816 to
read as follows:
  S  816.  LOCAL LIBRARY AND SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS. 1. LEGISLATIVE INTENT.
IN ORDER TO PROMOTE AND ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO READ AND LEARN OUTSIDE THE
CLASSROOM, THIS LAW SEEKS TO ENCOURAGE LOCAL LIBRARIES  AND  SCHOOLS  TO
WORK  TOGETHER  TO  PROMOTE  THE  AVAILABILITY  OF  LIBRARY SERVICES AND
RESOURCES.
  2. DEFINITIONS. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING  TERMS
SHALL BE DEFINED AS FOLLOWS:
  A.  "SCHOOL  DISTRICT"  SHALL  MEAN  ANY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE
STATE OF NEW YORK THAT CONTAINS ONE OR MORE SCHOOLS WITH ANY COMBINATION
OF GRADES FROM AND INCLUDING KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE TWELVE.
  B. "PUBLIC LIBRARY" SHALL MEAN ANY PUBLIC OR  ASSOCIATION  LIBRARY  AS
DEFINED IN SECTION TWO HUNDRED FIFTY-THREE OF THIS TITLE.
  3.  UPON  THE  REQUEST  OF A PUBLIC LIBRARY THAT IS LOCATED WITHIN THE
BOUNDARIES OF A SCHOOL DISTRICT, THE DISTRICT SHALL DISSEMINATE INFORMA-
TIONAL MATERIALS PROVIDED BY THE LIBRARY REGARDING  THE  PUBLIC  LIBRARY
AND  APPLICATIONS  FOR  PUBLIC LIBRARY CARDS TO STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE
SCHOOL DISTRICT.  SUCH MATERIALS SHALL BE DISTRIBUTED TO ANY OR  ALL  OF
THE FOLLOWING, AS REQUESTED BY THE PUBLIC LIBRARY:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00118-06-3

S. 2018--A                          2

  A.  ANNUALLY  TO EVERY STUDENT OF SUCH SCHOOL DISTRICT UPON HIS OR HER
ENTRY INTO KINDERGARTEN, GRADE SIX AND GRADE NINE, EXCEPT THAT A LIBRARY
AND SCHOOL MAY AGREE TO ALTERNATE OR ADDITIONAL GRADES;
  B. TO EVERY STUDENT UPON HIS OR HER ENROLLMENT AS A NEW STUDENT; AND
  C.  AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES IN THE SCHOOL LIBRARY IN EACH SCHOOL WITHIN
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS WHO  WISH  TO  OBTAIN  SUCH
MATERIALS.
  4.    THE  DIRECTOR OF EACH PARTICIPATING PUBLIC LIBRARY SHALL CONSULT
ANNUALLY WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN ORDER TO COORDINATE  THE  PROVISION
OF  MATERIALS CONTAINING INFORMATION REGARDING THE LIBRARY, INSTRUCTIONS
ON HOW STUDENTS MAY OBTAIN A LIBRARY  CARD  AND  AN  APPLICATION  FOR  A
LIBRARY CARD.
  5.  EACH  PUBLIC  LIBRARY THAT IS LOCATED IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL
PROVIDE SUFFICIENT COPIES OF SUCH MATERIALS TO THE SCHOOL  DISTRICT  FOR
DISTRIBUTION  AS  DESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION SO THAT
EACH SCHOOL MAY SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION.
  6. IN THE EVENT THERE IS NO PUBLIC LIBRARY LOCATED WITHIN THE  BOUNDA-
RIES OF A SCHOOL DISTRICT, SUCH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO
COMPLY WITH THIS SECTION.
  7.  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH RULES AND
REGULATIONS TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  8. NOTHING IN THIS ACT SHALL REQUIRE A SCHOOL DISTRICT TO EXPEND ADDI-
TIONAL FUNDS IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  9. THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO A SCHOOL DISTRICT OR A LIBRARY IN A
CITY OF ONE MILLION OR MORE WHERE SUCH DISTRICT OR LIBRARY  ARE  SUBJECT
TO  A LOCAL LAW WHICH WAS ADOPTED PRIOR TO THE ENACTMENT OF THIS SECTION
AND WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF LIBRARY MATERIALS  IN  PUBLIC
SCHOOLS.
  S  2.  This  act  shall  take  effect  on  the first of September next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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