senate Bill S661

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Provides that elementary and secondary school teachers may ride public transportation to and from school at no charge

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S661 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง3036, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1619
2009-2010: S70

S661 - Bill Texts

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Provides that elementary and secondary school teachers may ride public transportation to and from school at no charge; requires schools to provide identification cards.

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BILL NUMBER:S661

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to enabling
elementary and secondary school teachers to use
public transportation to ride to and from school at
no charge

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To allow elementary and secondary
school teachers to ride public transportation to and from school at
no charge.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one amends the education law
by adding a new section 3036. This section allows elementary and
secondary school teachers to ride public transportation free of
charge on one round-trip to and from school on any workday. The bill
also provides that each school district shall provide suitable
identification to enable teachers to use the benefits provided under
this bill.

EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER:
Currently, all
riders must pay subway or bus fares. Failure to pay constitutes theft
of services as defined in the penal law section 165.15(3).

JUSTIFICATION:
Teachers in New York state currently must travel to and
from school each weekday during the school year. Those who travel by
means of public transportation are not eligible for fare reductions
or discounts. Students are eligible for bus passes and reduced fares
but the teachers who instruct them must pay for each ride on public
transportation. Recruiting and retaining qualified teachers must be a
priority if New York state is to provide students at all academic
levels with a quality education. Further, a highly educated workforce
is one way to encourage employers to locate in New York rather than
another state.
Governor Pataki has proposed a number of financial incentives designed
to attract new teachers and retain current personnel.
These initiatives include: tuition reimbursement, fellowships,
stipends and recruitment scholarships. While this bill is modest by
comparison it does represent an attempt to alleviate one financial
disadvantage faced by teachers in New York state. In addition,
providing elementary and secondary school-teachers with free fares
will encourage more use of public transportation which will result in
less air and noise pollution and reduce traffic congestion in urban
areas of our state.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.2494 of 2008
01/09/08 REFERRED TO EDUCATION
S.1619 of 2011
01/10/11 REFERRED TO EDUCATION
01/04/12 REFERRED TO EDUCATION


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
Unknown at present time.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first day of the
calendar month next succeeding the thirtieth 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                   661

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SAMPSON -- 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  enabling  elementary
  and  secondary school teachers to use public transportation to ride to
  and from school at no charge

  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 3036
to read as follows:
  S 3036. PROVISION FOR TEACHER USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM
SCHOOL AT NO CHARGE.    NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  OTHER  PROVISION  OF  LAW,
ELEMENTARY  SCHOOL TEACHERS AND SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS SHALL BE ENTI-
TLED TO THE USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION WITHOUT CHARGE FOR NO MORE THAN
ONE ROUND-TRIP DAILY ON ANY WORKDAY FROM THEIR RESIDENCES TO THE SCHOOLS
IN WHICH THEY ARE EMPLOYED AND FROM SUCH SCHOOLS  TO  THEIR  RESIDENCES.
EACH  SCHOOL  DISTRICT  SHALL  PROVIDE A SUITABLE IDENTIFICATION CARD TO
EACH OF SUCH OF ITS TEACHERS IN  ORDER  FOR  THE  PUBLIC  TRANSPORTATION
SYSTEM  UTILIZED  TO  BE ABLE TO DETERMINE SUCH TEACHERS' ENTITLEMENT TO
THIS BENEFIT.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first  of  the  calendar  month
next succeeding the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01799-01-3

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