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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to higher education|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to higher education|
senate Bill S534
Archive: Last Bill Status -
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S534 - Details
S534 - Summary
Establishes the volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service volunteer tuition assistance grant program; provides that counties shall have the option to establish such program by the enactment of a local law; provides for state reimbursement to counties for fifty percent of tuition assistance costs.
S534 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S534 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to establishing a volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service volunteer tuition assistance grant program PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation would help to address the continuing difficulty local volunteer fire and emergency medical service (EMS) departments have had recruiting and retaining volunteers. This difficulty is particularly true for young people who are hard pressed to pursue their careers and their education while volunteering for these critically important services. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill allows counties to establish a local tuition grants program for active volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel at state operated institutions. The grant can be for up to fifty percent of tuition required at state operated institutions or community colleges. This legislation also provides that, where a county has created a tuition grants program, the state would reimburse the county at one-half the actual tuition grant established by the county for each
S534 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 534 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing a volun- teer firefighters and emergency medical service volunteer tuition assistance grant program 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 609 to read as follows: S 609. VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE VOLUNTEER TUITION ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM. 1. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS: A. "VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER" SHALL MEAN AN ACTIVE VOLUNTEER MEMBER OF A FIRE COMPANY OF A COUNTY, A FIRE COMPANY OF A CITY, TOWN OR VILLAGE LOCATED WITHIN SUCH COUNTY, OR A FIRE DISTRICT FIRE DEPARTMENT LOCATED WITHIN SUCH COUNTY, WHETHER OR NOT ANY SUCH COMPANY IS INCORPORATED UNDER ANY GENERAL OR SPECIAL LAW. B. "VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE PERSONNEL" SHALL MEAN AN ACTIVE VOLUNTEER MEMBER OF ANY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE AS ESTABLISHED WITHIN A COUNTY, TOWN, VILLAGE OR CITY OR LOCAL TAX DISTRICT, WHETHER OR NOT ANY SUCH SERVICE IS INCORPORATED UNDER ANY GENERAL OR SPECIAL LAW. C. "AT LEAST A PART-TIME BASIS" SHALL MEAN ENROLLMENT FOR AT LEAST SIX HOURS PER SEMESTER OR FOUR HOURS PER QUARTER. D. "TUITION" SHALL MEAN THE TOTAL SEMESTER, QUARTER OR CLASSROOM HOUR COST OF INSTRUCTION TO THE STUDENT AT A STATE-OPERATED INSTITUTION OR COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AS DEFINED PURSUANT TO SECTION THREE HUNDRED FIFTY OF THIS CHAPTER, EXCLUDING MANDATORY FEES, BOOK CHARGES AND ROOM AND BOARD. 2. ANY COUNTY WITHIN THE STATE IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED, BY THE ENACTMENT OF A LOCAL LAW, TO ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS/EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE VOLUNTEER TUITION ASSISTANCE EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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