senate Bill S630

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Enacts the higher education community service act to promote volunteer service by higher education students

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May 20, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Jan 08, 2014 referred to higher education
Jan 09, 2013 referred to higher education

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May 20, 2014 - Higher Education committee Vote

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S630 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1757
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §319, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3352, A3850
2009-2010: S4847A, A1697A

S630 - Bill Texts

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Enacts the higher education community service act to promote volunteer service by higher education students; creates a council for higher education community service to regulate and recognize persons and programs associated therewith; requires a report to the governor, temporary president of the senate and speaker of the assembly.

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BILL NUMBER:S630

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend the education law, in relation to enacting the "higher
education community service act"

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL:

To encourage postsecondary student participation in volunteer
community service activities.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Amends the education law by adding a new §319 creating the higher
education community service act..

JUSTIFICATION:

The Community Education Service Act seeks to create a model to unite
education and community service. Through the activities advanced in
this bill, social responsibility and citizenship can be addressed by
civic education and community service. Volunteers will be encouraged
to continue worthwhile community service throughout New York State.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010: S.4847 Passed Senate

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.

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

                                   630

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. STAVISKY -- 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 enacting  the  "higher
  education community service act"

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

  Section 1.   Legislative findings. The legislature  hereby  finds  and
declares  that  the American tradition of volunteer community service is
essential to the common good and is vital to the success    of  not-for-
profit  agencies,  institutions  and  organizations  dealing with a vast
array of critical social problems. It recognizes growing support for the
idea that postsecondary students should receive recognition for substan-
tial commitment to  volunteer  service,  and  should  be  given  greater
encouragement  to participate in volunteer community service activities.
Volunteers and volunteer programs should be praised for their efforts in
helping and serving others, which result  in  changes  in  the  way  the
community  views  young  people  and  in the way young people view their
responsibilities to the community.
  The legislature further declares its desire to promote  further  inte-
gration  of  community  service  at  institutions of higher education by
encouraging student-initiated and student-designated  community  service
projects.
  S  2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 319 to read
as follows:
  S 319. HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITY SERVICE ACT. 1. SHORT TITLE.    THIS
SECTION  SHALL BE KNOWN AND MAY BE CITED AS THE "HIGHER EDUCATION COMMU-
NITY SERVICE ACT".
  2. ESTABLISHMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITY SERVICE ACT.  THERE  IS
HEREBY  ESTABLISHED  A  HIGHER  EDUCATION  COMMUNITY SERVICE ACT FOR THE
PURPOSE OF PROMOTING AND RECOGNIZING VOLUNTEER  SERVICE  INVOLVEMENT  BY

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04215-01-3

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STUDENTS  IN  HIGHER  EDUCATION.  ACTIVITIES  CONDUCTED UNDER THE HIGHER
EDUCATION COMMUNITY SERVICE ACT SHALL INCLUDE:
  A.  A CAMPUS BASED SCREENING PROCESS TO IDENTIFY AND NOMINATE SUCCESS-
FUL AND PROMISING COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES FOR  RECOG-
NITION;
  B.  IDENTIFICATION  OF  EXISTING  QUALITY  COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS,
PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES INVOLVING POSTSECONDARY STUDENTS THAT PRODUCE A
SENSE OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY;
  C. INCENTIVES FOR INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION, STUDENTS AND OTHER
MEMBERS OF THE COLLEGE COMMUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN LONG  TERM  COMMUNITY
SERVICE PROGRAMS;
  D.  ENCOURAGEMENT OF INSTITUTIONS TO FORMULATE A SYSTEMATIC PROCESS TO
DISSEMINATE INFORMATION CONCERNING PROSPECTIVE VOLUNTEER PROJECTS TO THE
PARTICIPANTS OF GENERAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS ON OR OFF CAMPUS;
  E. ESTABLISHMENT OF A FOUNDATION TO RECEIVE PRIVATE FUNDS TO  BE  USED
TO  PROMOTE  A  WIDE  VARIETY OF SERVICE RELATED PROJECTS. PRIVATE FUNDS
SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO DONATIONS, GRANTS AND  FUNDRAISERS;
AND
  F.  ESTABLISHMENT OF A THREE-YEAR PROGRAM OF IMPLEMENTATION, INCLUDING
PILOT PROGRAMS AND ONGOING REVIEW AND EVALUATION.
  3.  ESTABLISHMENT  OF  VOLUNTEER  CONNECTIONS.  THE  COMMISSIONER,  IN
CONSULTATION WITH THE CHANCELLOR OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY, THE CHANCELLOR
OF  THE  CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE COMMISSION
ON INDEPENDENT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES  SHALL  DEVELOP  A  PROGRAM  TO
ESTABLISH EFFECTIVE VOLUNTEER CONNECTIONS BETWEEN INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER
EDUCATION AND THEIR RESPECTIVE COMMUNITIES.
  4.  COUNCIL  FOR  HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITY SERVICE. A. A COUNCIL FOR
HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITY  SERVICE  SHALL  BE  ESTABLISHED  WITHIN  THE
DEPARTMENT  FOR  THE  PURPOSE  OF CONDUCTING ACTIVITIES PURSUANT TO THIS
SECTION. THE COUNCIL SHALL BE COMPOSED OF ELEVEN MEMBERS,  ONE  OF  WHOM
SHALL  BE  THE  COMMISSIONER,  EX  OFFICIO,  AND  TEN  OF  WHOM SHALL BE
APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR: TWO ON THE RECOMMENDATION  OF  THE  TEMPORARY
PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, TWO ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE SPEAKER OF THE
ASSEMBLY,  ONE  ON  THE  RECOMMENDATION  OF  THE  MINORITY LEADER OF THE
SENATE, AND ONE ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF  THE  MINORITY  LEADER  OF  THE
ASSEMBLY.  SUCH  MEMBERS  SHALL  INCLUDE  REPRESENTATIVES  OF  THE STATE
UNIVERSITY, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, THE  INDEPENDENT  COLLEGES  AND
UNIVERSITIES  OF  NEW  YORK  AND THE NEW YORK CAMPUS COMPACT. TWO OF THE
COUNCIL MEMBERS SHALL BE STUDENTS, SELECTED BY THE GOVERNOR.  THE  COUN-
CIL SHALL SELECT FROM AMONG ITS APPOINTED MEMBERS A CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR
WHO  SHALL SERVE IN OFFICE FOR TERMS OF ONE YEAR AND WHO SHALL BE ELIGI-
BLE FOR REELECTION FOR SUCCESSIVE TERMS.
  B. THE COUNCIL SHALL OVERSEE THE CREATION OF A STATEWIDE POSTSECONDARY
COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER TO DISSEMINATE INFORMATION REGARDING   EXISTING
VOLUNTEER  ACTIVITIES,  MAKE  VOLUNTEER CONNECTIONS BETWEEN STUDENTS AND
THE COMMUNITIES, INTEGRATE PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY SERVICE INTO THE CURRIC-
ULUM, PROVIDE GUIDANCE AND COORDINATION, MONITOR AND EVALUATE  VOLUNTEER
PROGRAMS  AND  ACTIVITIES  AND  PROMOTE  THE  CONTINUATION OF PUBLIC AND
COMMUNITY SERVICE.
  C. THE COUNCIL SHALL MEET AT LEAST FOUR TIMES EACH  YEAR.  MEMBERS  OF
THE  COUNCIL  SHALL RECEIVE NO COMPENSATION FOR THEIR SERVICES BUT SHALL
BE REIMBURSED BY THE HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITY SERVICE  FOUNDATION  FOR
REASONABLE  EXPENSES  ACTUALLY  AND  NECESSARILY INCURRED BY THEM IN THE
PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.
  D. THE COUNCIL SHALL REPORT BY SEPTEMBER FIRST EACH YEAR TO THE GOVER-
NOR, THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEM-

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BLY ON THE PROGRESS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS SECTION, WITH  RECOMMENDA-
TIONS FOR FUTURE ACTIVITIES.
  5.  PETITIONING  BY  COUNCIL. THE COUNCIL SHALL, WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF
ITS APPOINTMENT, PETITION THE REGENTS TO INCORPORATE AS A PRIVATE,  NOT-
FOR-PROFIT  EDUCATION CORPORATION UNDER THIS CHAPTER, THE NEW YORK FOUN-
DATION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITY SERVICE, TO RECEIVE  FUNDS  TO  BE
USED  AS  REQUESTED  BY THE COUNCIL TO SUPPORT AND ADMINISTER ACTIVITIES
AUTHORIZED IN THIS SECTION, AND OTHER PROJECTS THAT ENCOURAGE AND ASSIST
COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES.
  S 3. This act shall  take  effect  on  the  first  of  September  next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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