|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Dec 17, 2014||signed chap.480|
|Dec 05, 2014||delivered to governor|
|Jun 16, 2014||returned to assembly|
3rd reading cal.1377
substituted for s2255
|Jun 16, 2014||substituted by a151a|
ordered to third reading cal.1377
committee discharged and committed to rules
|May 29, 2014||reported and committed to finance|
|May 13, 2014||reported and committed to education|
|Jan 08, 2014||referred to new york city education subcommittee|
|May 21, 2013||reported and committed to finance|
|May 08, 2013||reported and committed to education|
|May 02, 2013||committee discharged and committed to new york city education subcommittee|
|Jan 15, 2013||referred to education|
senate Bill S2255Signed By Governor
Restricts the sale, lease, transfer and certain uses of existing outdoor school playgrounds
Archive: Last Bill Status Via A151 - Signed by Governor
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed by Governor
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Jun 16, 2014 - floor VoteA151A570floor57Aye0Nay0Absent4Excused0Abstained
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Floor Vote: Jun 16, 2014aye (57)
Jun 16, 2014 - Rules committee VoteS2255220committee22Aye0Nay1Aye with Reservations0Absent2Excused0Abstained
May 29, 2014 - Education committee VoteS2255170committee17Aye0Nay2Aye with Reservations0Absent0Excused0Abstained
May 13, 2014 - New York City Education Subcommittee committee VoteS225540committee4Aye0Nay2Aye with Reservations0Absent0Excused0Abstained
May 21, 2013 - Education committee VoteS2255150committee15Aye0Nay3Aye with Reservations0Absent0Excused0Abstained
May 7, 2013 - New York City Education Subcommittee committee VoteS225550committee5Aye0Nay1Aye with Reservations0Absent0Excused0Abstained
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S2255 - Bill Details
S2255 - Bill Texts
Restricts the sale, lease, transfer or use of existing outdoor school playgrounds for the construction or renovation of a school building which would eliminate use of such playground space for outdoor recreation unless an alternative plan for outdoor recreation is provided.
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PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to
encourage the retention of adequate outdoor playground space for New
York City school children. Further, that if existing playgrounds are
sold, leased, transferred or used for school building construction in
a way that eliminates such playground space, that the school establish
a plan to secure suitable and adequate playground space for the
physical recreational needs of such pupils.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Education Law section 2556(5) is amended to add a new
sentence to this provision to encourage the school to provide for
other types of recreational play spaces if existing playgrounds are
subsequently used for school construction or siting of temporary
classroom units. Under current law, Section 2555(5) requires open-air
playgrounds be attached to all schoolhouses constructed in the city of
New York. The difference between the original bill and this amended
bill is that, at: the request of the City of New York, this provision
shall not apply if playground space is lost due to construction or
reconstruction activities that last for one year or less.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill is based on a report by then Member of
Assembly Jeffrey Klein, Chair of the Assembly Oversight, Analysis and
Investigation Committee. The report, "No Room In, The playground",
dated September, 2003, found that there was a lack of adequate outdoor
playground space in New York. City public schools. Further that this
lack of outdoor play spaces lead to higher incidences of childhood
Obesity and other unhealthy life style choices.
The issue of preserving school playground space has grown in
importance in light of new concerns about the increasing incidence of
poor health of our school children. One of the causes of this poor
health is lack of physical activity which has engendered higher
obesity rates for children. This increasing incidence of childhood
obesity is manifesting itself in higher rates of diabetes, asthma,
high blood pressure, and other pulmonary diseases. All of these
indicators demonstrate the declining health of our young. Many studies
show that poor health and unhealthy lifestyles established while
young, leads to much poorer health outcomes as such children enter
adulthood and beyond.
This legislation ensures that when playground space is lost or
potentially lost, that the school should do its best to provide other
open air playgrounds or other alternatives. These other alternatives
should provide for suitable and adequate activities to accommodate the
physical recreational needs of such students.
In the past, sometimes, outdoor playground space was relinquished to
other school uses or the construction of Temporary Classroom Units.
While it is important to give maximum flexibility to schools to
reconfigure and adapt their physical layout to meet new demands, it is
also important the some consideration be given to the retention of
outdoor playgrounds to help to increase childhood health.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2006: S.2698 Referred to Education 2008:
S.2239 Referred to Education 2010: S.1884 Passed Senate 2012: S.586
Reported to Senate Finance
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect 180 days after it shall
have become law.
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S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 2255 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 15, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sens. KLEIN, SAVINO -- 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 restricting the sale, lease, transfer or authorization of open-air schoolhouse playgrounds for certain uses THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 5 of section 2556 of the education law, such section as renumbered by chapter 762 of the laws of 1950, is amended to read as follows: 5. It shall be unlawful for a schoolhouse to be constructed in the city of New York without an open-air playground attached to or used in connection with the same. EXISTING PLAYGROUNDS SHALL NOT BE SOLD, LEASED OR TRANSFERRED, OR PERMANENTLY AUTHORIZED FOR OTHER USES SUCH AS SCHOOL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION, PLACEMENT OR STORAGE OF BUILD- ING MATERIALS FOR SUCH WORK THAT WOULD ELIMINATE THE USE OF SUCH PLAY- GROUND SPACE FOR OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES UNLESS A PLAN IS ESTAB- LISHED AND IMPLEMENTED TO PROVIDE SUITABLE AND ADEQUATE PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES OR SPACE TO ACCOMMODATE THE PHYSICAL AND RECREATIONAL NEEDS OF THE PUPILS OF SUCH BUILDING. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL NOT APPLY TO SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION OR RENOVATION ACTIVITIES THAT OCCUR ON OR REQUIRE THE USE OF SUCH PLAYGROUNDS FOR A DURATION OF NO MORE THAN ONE YEAR. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law; provided however, that the commissioner of education is authorized and directed to promulgate any rules or regu- lations necessary for the timely implementation of this act on or before such date. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00128-02-3
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