senate Bill S6596

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Directs the commissioner of education to establish minimum standards for the maintenance and repair of school buildings

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Feb 11, 2014 referred to education

S6596 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง305 & 2023-a, Ed L

S6596 - Bill Texts

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Directs the commissioner of education to establish minimum standards for the maintenance and repair of school buildings; eliminates the tax levy cap for expenditures related to school building maintenance and repair.

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BILL NUMBER:S6596

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
directing the commissioner of education to establish standards for the
maintenance and repair of school buildings and exempting expenditures
for the maintenance and repair of school buildings from the tax levy
limit

PURPOSE OF THE BILL: The purpose of this bill is to direct the
commissioner of education to establish minimum standards for the
maintenance and repair of school buildings so as to provide an
appropriate and safe learning environment within each such building.
The bill would also exempt expenditures by the school districts in
order to meet the standards established by the commissioner from the
tax levy limit.

SUMMARY OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL:

Section 1 amends section 305 of the education law by adding a new
subdivision 43 that directs the commissioner of education to establish
minimum standards for the maintenance and repair of school buildings
so as to provide an appropriate learning environment.

Subparagraphs (iii) and (iv) of paragraph I of subdivision 2 of
section 2023a of the education law, as added by section 2 of part A of
chapter 97 of the laws of 2011, are amended and a new paragraph (v) is
added to read as follows: a tax levy necessary for expenditures for
the maintenance and repair of school buildings.

STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL: The school districts of the state
continue to struggle with budgetary issues caused by the overall
economy and the 2% property tax cap enacted in 2011. This bill seeks
to establish minimum standards the maintenance and repair of school
buildings so as to provide an appropriate and safe learning
environment for the students and teachers in the state. The bill also
exempts such costs accrued by the school districts in order to meet
the new standards from the 2% property tax cap.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS OF THE BILL: This bill will not impose any
additional costs on the state.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

EFFECTIVE DATE: The bill would take effect on the first of July next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become law, provided that,
effective immediately, any rules and regulations necessary to
implement the provisions of this act on its effective date are
authorized and directed to be promulgated, amended and/or repealed on
or before such date; and provided further that the amendments to
section 2023-a of the education law made by section two of this act
shall not affect the repeal of such section and shall be deemed
repealed.

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

                                  6596

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 11, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. VALESKY -- 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 directing the  commis-
  sioner  of  education  to  establish standards for the maintenance and
  repair of school buildings and exempting expenditures for the  mainte-
  nance and repair of school buildings from the tax levy limit

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

  Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 44 to read as follows:
  44. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL, BY RULE, ESTABLISH MINIMUM  STANDARDS  FOR
THE  MAINTENANCE  AND  REPAIR  OF  SCHOOL  BUILDINGS SO AS TO PROVIDE AN
APPROPRIATE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT WITHIN EACH SUCH BUILDING.
  S 2. Subparagraphs (iii) and (iv) of paragraph i of subdivision  2  of
section  2023-a of the education law, as added by section 2 of part A of
chapter 97 of the laws of 2011, are amended and a new  subparagraph  (v)
is added to read as follows:
  (iii)  in  years in which the normal contribution rate of the New York
state teachers' retirement system, as defined by paragraph a of subdivi-
sion two of section five hundred seventeen of this chapter, increases by
more than two percentage points from  the  previous  year,  a  tax  levy
necessary  for  expenditures  for  the  coming  fiscal  year  for school
district employer contributions to the New York state teachers'  retire-
ment  system  caused by growth in the normal contribution rate minus two
percentage points; [and]
  (iv) a capital tax levy[.]; AND
  (V) A TAX LEVY NECESSARY FOR  EXPENDITURES  FOR  THE  MAINTENANCE  AND
REPAIR OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS.
  S  3.  This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law, provided  that,  effective
immediately,  any  rules  and  regulations  necessary  to  implement the
provisions of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed
to be promulgated, amended and/or repealed on or before such  date;  and
provided  further that the amendments to section 2023-a of the education
law made by section two of this act shall not affect the repeal of  such
section and shall be deemed repealed therewith.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08564-03-4

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