senate Bill S6592

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to training and education courses for certain organizations

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May 21, 2014 referred to governmental operations
delivered to assembly
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May 05, 2014 advanced to third reading
Apr 30, 2014 2nd report cal.
Apr 29, 2014 1st report cal.455
Feb 11, 2014 referred to energy and telecommunications

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Apr 29, 2014 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

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Energy and Telecommunications Committee Vote: Apr 29, 2014

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S6592 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8840
Current Committee:
Law Section:
State Technology Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §103, St Tech L; amd §99-q, St Fin L

S6592 - Bill Texts

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Relates to training and education courses for certain organizations.

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BILL NUMBER:S6592

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state technology law and the state
finance law, in relation to training and education courses for certain
organizations

PURPOSE: To make volunteer emergency response organizations eligible
for the Empire Knowledge Bank program offered by the NYS Office of
Information Technology Services.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends section 103 of the state technology law
to make fire districts, volunteer fire organizations, and volunteer
ambulance organizations eligible to participate in the Empire
Knowledge Bank program offered by the NYS Office of Information
Technology Services.

Section 2 of the bill amends subdivision 3 of section 99-q of the
state finance law to make participation in the Empire Knowledge Bank
program eligible for grant funding through the Volunteer Firefighting
and Volunteer Emergency Services Recruitment and Retention Fund.

Section 3 of the bill is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: The Empire Knowledge Bank is a training and education
program offered by the NYS Office of Information Technology. The
program is an e-learning program that provides a convenient and
cost-effective way to continue training and develop professional
skills. The program offers over 3,000 courses in information
technology (e.g. programming, web development, security),
professional development (e.g. management, leadership, project
management, accounting, human resources), and desktop software (e.g.
word processing, spreadsheets, etc.). For a small fee, dozens of
government agencies have participated in the Empire Knowledge Bank in
recent years. At this time, the program is not open to not-for-profit
volunteer emergency response organizations.

Volunteer emergency response organizations are experiencing difficulty
with retention of existing members and the recruitment of new members.
Training and education opportunities are benefits that are projected
to enhance recruitment and retention efforts within the volunteer fire
service. The courses offered through the Empire Knowledge Bank program
would serve the volunteer fire service well at both the organizational
level and at the individual volunteer level.

At the organizational level, courses in accounting or financial
management would be helpful for proper record-keeping and financial
duties at the firehouse or ambulance company. Also, courses in
information technology and software applications will assist in
improving administrative effectiveness and efficiency. This type of
training and education will help volunteer fire companies and
ambulance companies better serve the communities they protect.

For individual emergency response volunteers, the Empire Knowledge
Bank provides various personal and professional benefits. For example,
some volunteer emergency responders are small business owners The


professional development courses offered in the program may provide
useful education on how to improve operations at their business, or
help them develop a skill that they currently do not possess. In
addition, according to the website for the Office of Information
Technology Services, the program also offers courses that provide
continuing education credits and courses that follow professional
tracks for Six Sigma, Project Management, and others. Making this
type of training available to volunteer responders will help retain
existing volunteers that are working to maintain their volunteer and
professional activities. Further, some courses may even be eligible
for college credit. These courses will be especially attractive to
young men and women that are interested in volunteering but have not
done so because of their need to work in order to pay for college.

By making volunteer fire and ambulance companies eligible for the
Empire Knowledge Bank, volunteers will be provided with personal and
professional development benefits that will aid in the recruitment and
retention of members. This will help ensure that our communities have
the volunteers they need in order to ensure the highest levels of fire
protection and emergency response services.

BILL HISTORY: New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: On the 90th day after it shall have become a law.

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

                                  6592

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 11, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations

AN  ACT  to amend the state technology law and the state finance law, in
  relation to training and education courses for certain organizations

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

  Section  1.  Section  103  of  the  state technology law is amended by
adding a new subdivision 22 to read as follows:
  22. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, ANY FIRE  DISTRICT  OR
VOLUNTEER  FIRE  COMPANY  OR  VOLUNTEER  AMBULANCE  COMPANY OR STATEWIDE
ORGANIZATION THAT REPRESENTS THE INTERESTS OF THE VOLUNTEER FIRE SERVICE
AND/OR THE VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE SERVICE SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO  PARTICIPATE
IN THE PROGRAM COMMONLY REFERRED TO OR KNOWN AS THE EMPIRE KNOWLEDGEBANK
OR  ANY  SUCH  SUCCESSOR  PROGRAM OFFERED BY THE OFFICE. THE DIRECTOR IS
AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO ADOPT, AMEND  OR  RESCIND  ANY  RULES  AND/OR
REGULATIONS  NECESSARY OR CONVENIENT TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS
SECTION. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE TERM "VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY"
SHALL MEAN A FIRE COMPANY AS SUCH TERM IS DEFINED IN SECTION ONE HUNDRED
OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW AND THE TERM "VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE  COMPANY"
SHALL  MEAN  A  VOLUNTARY  AMBULANCE  SERVICE AS SUCH TERM IS DEFINED IN
SECTION ONE HUNDRED OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW.
  S 2. Subdivision 3 of section 99-q of the state finance law, as  added
by chapter 490 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows:
  3.  Moneys  in  such  fund shall be expended only to provide grants to
volunteer firefighting and volunteer  emergency  services  organizations
and  to  statewide organizations which represent the interests of volun-
teer firefighters and/or volunteer emergency services providers for  the
purpose  of encouraging the recruitment and retention of volunteer fire-
fighters and volunteer emergency services personnel. Such  purposes  may
include,  but  need  not  be limited to:   PARTICIPATION IN TRAINING AND
EDUCATION COURSES OFFERED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION TWENTY-TWO OF  SECTION
ONE HUNDRED THREE OF THE STATE TECHNOLOGY LAW, development and implemen-
tation  of marketing plans, publicity campaigns, and community awareness

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13379-02-4

S. 6592                             2

initiatives; design, production and distribution of promotional merchan-
dise, brochures and other  materials;  sponsorship  of  local  community
events  designed  to  help  recruit  volunteers; newspaper publications,
promotional  mailings  and  other  advertising  designed to help recruit
volunteers.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have  become  a  law,  provided however that, effective immediately, the
addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule  or  regulation  necessary
for  the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized
to be made on or before such effective date.

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