senate Bill S5358

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes Earth Day

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May 19, 2014 referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Mar 13, 2014 advanced to third reading
Mar 12, 2014 2nd report cal.
Mar 11, 2014 1st report cal.260
Jan 08, 2014 referred to education
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 05, 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.914
May 16, 2013 referred to education

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Mar 11, 2014 - Education committee Vote

S5358
14
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committee
14
Aye
3
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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May 30, 2013 - Education committee Vote

S5358
16
1
committee
16
Aye
1
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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S5358 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7779
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง810, Ed L

S5358 - Bill Texts

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Establishes Earth Day.

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BILL NUMBER:S5358

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
establishing Earth day

PURPOSE: To provide flexibility and mandate relief to school
districts by removing the requirement that Conservation Day be
observed on the last Friday in April.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends section 810 of the education law.

Section 2: Sets forth an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Recent years have confronted school districts with
unprecedented fiscal challenges. While the economic outlook for the
state is steadily improving, it is a legislative priority to provide
as much flexibility as possible to school districts to enable them to
provide the high quality education we have come to expect for our
students. While there are many requirements imposed on school
districts that provide educational value, others continue to constrain
the creativity of a district to provide services to students and
relief to taxpayers.

This bill will provide relief by allowing school districts to observe
Earth Day in any manner rather than a required observation of
Conservation Day on the last Friday in April.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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

                                  5358

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. FLANAGAN, FELDER -- 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 establishing Earth day

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

  Section 1. Section 810 of the education law, as amended by chapter 616
of  the  laws  of 1969 and subdivision 1 as amended by chapter 96 of the
laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows:
  S 810. [Conservation] EARTH day.  [1. The last Friday  in  April  each
year  is  hereby  made and declared to be known as Conservation day, and
observed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, except  that
for  the  year nineteen hundred seventy-eight, Conservation day shall be
May third.
  2. It shall be the duty of the authorities of every public  school  in
this  state  to  assemble  the pupils in their charge on that day in the
school building, or elsewhere, as they may deem proper, and  to  provide
for and conduct (1) such exercises as shall tend to encourage the plant-
ing,  protection  and preservation of trees and shrubs, and an acquaint-
ance with the best methods to be adopted to accomplish such results, and
(2) such lectures, pictures or tours, as  shall  tend  to  increase  the
interest  and  knowledge  of such pupils in the fish and wild life, soil
and water of the state.
  3. The commissioner of education may prescribe from  time  to  time  a
course  of  exercises  and  instruction  in  the  subjects  hereinbefore
mentioned, which shall be adopted and  observed  by  the  public  school
authorities  on  Conservation day. Upon receipt of copies of such course
sufficient in number to supply all the schools under their  supervision,
the  school  authorities  aforesaid  shall  promptly provide each of the
schools under their charge with a copy, and cause  it  to  be  observed]
ANNUALLY, IT SHALL BE THE DUTY OF THE AUTHORITIES OF EVERY PUBLIC SCHOOL
IN  THIS  STATE  TO  OBSERVE  EARTH  DAY  AS THEY MAY DEEM PROPER AND TO
ENCOURAGE INSTRUCTION ON THE EARTH'S NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AS APPROPRIATE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11065-01-3

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