senate Bill S5030

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to a program for veteran speakers in classrooms to supplement instructional and educational aspects of American military history

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jul 31, 2013 signed chap.183
Jul 19, 2013 delivered to governor
Jun 11, 2013 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1208
substituted for s5030
Jun 11, 2013 substituted by a1601a
Jun 10, 2013 ordered to third reading cal.1208
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 30, 2013 reported and committed to finance
May 06, 2013 referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs

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Jun 10, 2013 - Rules committee Vote

S5030
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committee
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Nay
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Aye with Reservations
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Absent
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Excused
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Abstained
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May 30, 2013 - Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs committee Vote

S5030
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committee
11
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Nay
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Absent
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Excused
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Abstained
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Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee Vote: May 30, 2013

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S5030 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1601A
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add §353-a, Exec L

S5030 - Bill Texts

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Directs the director of the division of veterans affairs to develop a program relating to veteran educational speakers; requires distribution of informational pamphlet to schools describing program and containing names of area veterans willing to speak to students regarding their military service experience.

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BILL NUMBER:S5030

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to a
veteran speaker education program within the division of veterans'
affairs

PURPOSE: To create a veteran speaker education program within the
Division of Veterans' Affairs. Specifically, the bill would require
the Division of Veterans' Affairs in consultation with the director of
the New York state military museum and veteran's resource center, to
develop an informational pamphlet to be distributed to school
districts which provides a general overview of the program and a
listing of available veteran speakers willing to discuss their
military experience.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill would add a new § 353-a to the
executive law creating a veterans' speaker education program.

JUSTIFICATION: The defining moments of our nation's history came in
wartime, especially during the great conflicts of the twentieth
century. It is important that all of society, and particularly young
people, be aware of the contributions of the men and women who
participated in these conflicts as members of the armed forces.

These men and women established a remarkable record of service and
sacrifice. They were ordinary individuals who did extraordinary things
to preserve and protect our nation and its cherished freedoms. Their
personal accounts, which constitute a valuable historical record, are
in danger of being lost forever as these individuals pass away. It is
therefore appropriate to take steps to help encourage greater
knowledge and appreciation of veterans, particularly in our schools.

In this regard, many states have already enacted programs honoring
those who served in the military. New York should make available to
students, teachers and administrators in public and private schools a
new resource that will encourage greater understanding and
appreciation of the contribution of veterans.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: A.959/Passed; S.4783/Veteran's Affairs
2010: A.1532-A/Passed; S.2825-A/Veteran's Affairs 2009:
A.1532-A/Passed; S.2825-A/Veteran's Affairs 2008: A.3223/Veteran's
Affairs 2007: A.3223/Veteran's Affairs

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately, provided that
the pamphlet required to be distributed to school districts pursuant
to section two of this act shall be made available by the first of
October next succeeding the date on which this act shall have become
law and any rules or regulations necessary for the implementation of
the provisions of this act shall be promulgated by such date.

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

                                  5030

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 6, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in  relation  to  a  veteran  speaker
  education program within the division of veterans' affairs

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

  Section 1.  Legislative findings and intent.  The  legislature  hereby
finds that the defining moments of our nation's history came in wartime,
especially  during  the great conflicts of the twentieth century and the
beginning of the twenty-first century. The legislature further maintains
that it is imperative  that  all  of  society,  and  particularly  young
people, be aware of the contributions of those who participated in these
conflicts as members of the armed forces.
  These  men  and  women  established a remarkable record of service and
sacrifice. They were ordinary men and women who did extraordinary things
to preserve and protect our nation and  its  cherished  freedoms.  Their
personal accounts, which constitute a valuable historical record, are in
danger  of being lost forever as these individuals pass away. The legis-
lature, therefore, has determined that it is necessary  and  appropriate
to  take  steps  to help encourage greater knowledge and appreciation of
veterans, particularly in our schools.
  In this regard, many states have already enacted school-based programs
honoring those who served in the military.   The legislature  now  finds
and  declares  that New York should make available to students, teachers
and administrators in public and private schools  a  new  resource  that
will  encourage  greater  understanding and appreciation of the contrib-
ution of veterans.
  S 2. The executive law is amended by adding a  new  section  353-a  to
read as follows:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04162-03-3

S. 5030                             2

  S  353-A. VETERAN SPEAKER EDUCATION PROGRAM. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTAB-
LISHED WITHIN THE DIVISION A VETERAN SPEAKER  EDUCATION  PROGRAM  TO  BE
DEVELOPED  AND  IMPLEMENTED  BY  THE  DIRECTOR  IN CONSULTATION WITH THE
DIRECTOR OF THE NEW YORK STATE MILITARY  MUSEUM  AND  VETERANS  RESOURCE
CENTER  AND  IN  ACCORDANCE  WITH  THE  PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. SUCH
PROGRAM SHALL PROVIDE SCHOOL DISTRICTS WITHIN THIS STATE WITH A  LISTING
OF  AVAILABLE  VETERAN  SPEAKERS  WILLING  TO  VISIT  CLASSROOMS FOR THE
PURPOSE OF DISCUSSING THEIR MILITARY EXPERIENCE.
  2. THE DIVISION, FROM ITS AVAILABLE RESOURCES, SHALL DEVELOP AN INFOR-
MATIONAL PAMPHLET TO BE DISTRIBUTED EITHER BY MAIL OR ELECTRONICALLY  TO
SCHOOL  DISTRICTS  WHICH  PROVIDES  A  GENERAL  OVERVIEW  OF THE PROGRAM
INCLUDING ITS PURPOSE AND HOW TO PARTICIPATE.  THE  DIVISION  SHALL,  IN
CONSULTATION  WITH  CONGRESSIONALLY CHARTERED VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS AND
LOCAL VETERANS SERVICES AGENCIES, APPOINT AND CREATE A LISTING OF VETER-
AN SPEAKERS COORDINATORS FOR EACH COUNTY OF THE STATE WHO SHALL BE LIST-
ED IN THE INFORMATIONAL PAMPHLET.   THE VETERAN  SPEAKERS  COORDINATORS'
DUTIES  SHALL  INCLUDE  BUT  NOT  BE  LIMITED TO CONTACTING VETERANS WHO
RESIDE IN THEIR COUNTY INCLUDING THOSE  WHO  HAVE  PARTICIPATED  IN  THE
VETERAN'S  ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM AT THE NEW YORK STATE MILITARY MUSEUM OR
THE WEST POINT ORAL HISTORY PROJECT OR THE VETERANS HISTORY  PROJECT  OF
THE  AMERICAN  FOLKLORE  CENTER OR ANY SIMILAR ORAL HISTORY PROJECT WITH
INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM AND INQUIRING AS TO WHETHER SUCH  PERSONS
WOULD  BE  WILLING  TO PARTICIPATE AS SPEAKERS OR IN ANY OTHER CAPACITY.
THE LISTING SHALL INCLUDE THE NAMES AND  CONTACT  INFORMATION  FOR  SUCH
VETERANS  INCLUDING  INFORMATION DESCRIBING THE TYPE OF MILITARY SERVICE
PERFORMED BY EACH SUCH PERSON, THE TIME AND LENGTH OF SERVICE, GEOGRAPH-
IC AREA OR AREAS WHERE SUCH PERSON SERVED AND RANK.  THE VETERAN  SPEAK-
ERS  COORDINATORS  SHALL  ANNUALLY UPDATE SUCH INFORMATION REGARDING THE
AVAILABILITY OF SUCH VETERANS.
  3. NO TEACHER OR VETERAN SHALL BE  REQUIRED  TO  PARTICIPATE  IN  THIS
PROGRAM.  ANY  TEACHER  WHO  WISHES  TO  SUPPLEMENT HIS OR HER CLASSROOM
INSTRUCTION CONCERNING A PARTICULAR ERA IN AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY MAY
CONTACT A PARTICIPATING VETERAN PERSONALLY TO REQUEST THAT  SUCH  PERSON
VISIT  A  CLASSROOM TO DISCUSS HIS OR HER MILITARY EXPERIENCE. A TEACHER
SHALL  BE  RESPONSIBLE  FOR  ASCERTAINING  THE  APPROPRIATENESS  OF  ANY
PROPOSED  SPEAKER  BASED  UPON  THE AGE OF THE CHILDREN AND THE INTENDED
SUBJECT MATTER. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE INTENDED  TO  SUPERSEDE
ANY  PARTICULAR  OR  GENERAL  SCHOOL  RULES OR REGULATIONS OR OTHER LAWS
RELATING TO CURRICULUM.
  4. THE DIVISION SHALL  REQUIRE  A  CERTIFIED  COPY  OF  THE  VETERAN'S
DISCHARGE  PAPERS  TO  PARTICIPATE  IN THE VETERAN SPEAKER PROGRAM. SUCH
FORM SHALL BE FILED WITH THE DIVISION TO SERVE  AS  EVIDENCE  THAT  SUCH
PERSON IS A VETERAN WHO SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY HONORABLY.
  5.  THE  DIVISION  SHALL IMPLEMENT A PROCEDURE FOR EVALUATIONS OF EACH
SPEAKER TO BE COMPLETED BY TEACHERS  AND  STUDENTS,  AND  MAINTAIN  SUCH
EVALUATIONS  AND  MAKE THEM AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST TO OTHER TEACHERS WHO
PLAN TO PARTICIPATE.
  6. THE DIVISION MAY CONSULT WITH OTHER VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS AND  ANY
BRANCH OF THE U.S. MILITARY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS PROGRAM.
  S  3. This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become a
law, provided that any rules and regulations necessary for the implemen-
tation of this act on its effective date  shall  be  promulgated  on  or
before such date.

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