senate Bill S3907

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Shortens the time frame within which a meeting may be called to vote on consolidation of school districts after qualified voters have not voted in favor of consolidation

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 10, 2014 referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 19, 2014 advanced to third reading
May 14, 2014 2nd report cal.
May 13, 2014 1st report cal.694
Jan 08, 2014 referred to education
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 10, 2013 referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 04, 2013 advanced to third reading
Jun 03, 2013 2nd report cal.
May 30, 2013 1st report cal.911
Feb 26, 2013 referred to education

Votes

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May 13, 2014 - Education committee Vote

S3907
15
3
committee
15
Aye
3
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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May 30, 2013 - Education committee Vote

S3907
13
4
committee
13
Aye
4
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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S3907 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2735
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง1512, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S6691, A10241

S3907 - Bill Texts

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Shortens the time frame within which a meeting may be called to vote on consolidation of school districts after qualified voters have not voted in favor of consolidation.

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BILL NUMBER:S3907

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
proceedings at meetings to consolidate school districts

PURPOSE: This bill would allow a re-vote on a school consolidation
within 60 days of the original vote.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends subdivision 1 of section 1512 of the
education law to allow a re-vote on school consolidation within 60
days of original vote.

EXISTING LAW: Current law does not allow a re-vote to take place
prior to one year.

JUSTIFICATION: A study found that districts with less than 1,500
students (which makes up about half of the school districts in New
York State) are likely to cut per-pupil costs significantly by
consolidating. In today's economy, school districts need to look at
all options. The possible savings coupled with potential academic
benefits warrant consolidation being encouraged in the state.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012 S. 6691 passed Senate/A. 10241 Education
Committee.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.

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

                                  3907

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 26, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. GRIFFO, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN  ACT  to amend the education law, in relation to proceedings at meet-
  ings to consolidate school districts

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  1  of  section 1512 of the education law, as
amended by chapter 461 of the laws  of  1996,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  1.  Such  meeting  shall  be  organized as provided in section fifteen
hundred twenty-three OF THIS ARTICLE.  Such meeting may adopt  a  resol-
ution to consolidate such districts if two-thirds of the qualified elec-
tors  of  each  district  having  less than fifteen of such electors are
present, or in case of districts having fifteen or more qualified  elec-
tors if ten or more are present.  The vote upon such resolution shall be
by  ballot  or  by  taking and recording the ayes and noes.  If the vote
shall be by taking and recording the ayes and noes, the clerk  and  such
assistants as may be provided for him OR HER by the meeting shall keep a
poll-list  upon which shall be recorded the names of all qualified elec-
tors voting upon the resolution, the districts in  which  such  electors
reside, and how each elector voted.  If the vote shall be by ballot, one
or  more inspectors of election shall be appointed in such manner as the
meeting shall determine, who shall receive the votes cast,  canvass  the
same and announce the result of the ballot to the chairman.  If the vote
shall  be  by  ballot  then  voting  machines  may be used in the manner
prescribed by section two  thousand  thirty-five  of  this  chapter  and
provision  shall be made for absentee ballots as provided in section two
thousand eighteen-a or two thousand eighteen-b of this chapter.   If  it
shall  appear  that  a  majority  of  the qualified electors present and
voting from each district are in favor of such resolution, it  shall  be
declared adopted and where at least one of the districts consolidated is

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06547-01-3

S. 3907                             2

a  union free school district it shall be lawful for such meeting there-
after to proceed to the election of a board of education as provided  in
sections  seventeen hundred two and seventeen hundred four of this chap-
ter.    If  a majority of the qualified electors present and voting from
each  district  are  not  in  favor  of  such  resolution,  all  further
proceedings  at  such meeting, except a motion to reconsider or adjourn,
shall be dispensed with and no such meeting shall be again called within
[one year thereafter] SIXTY DAYS OF SUCH VOTE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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