senate Bill S6859

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Prohibits state funds from being used for inmates' college education

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Mar 20, 2014 referred to crime victims, crime and correction

S6859 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Correction Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง136-a, Cor L

S6859 - Bill Texts

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Prohibits state funds from being used for inmates' college education.

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BILL NUMBER:S6859

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the correction law, in relation to
prohibiting certain uses of state funds

PURPOSE: Prohibits the use of state funds to pay for a college degree
for an inmate without charging such inmate the actual cost of tuition

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Prohibits state moneys from being utilized to fund any
program of education resulting in the award of a college degree without
charging such inmate the actual cost of tuition for such program and in
no event shall such inmate be deemed eligible for awards or scholarships
funded in whole or in part with state funds.

Section 2. Establishes that the effective date shall take effect imme-
diately upon becoming law.

JUSTIFICATION: Taxpayers, especially those who are struggling to
provide for a college education for themselves or for their children
should not have the state impose the additional burden of having to pay
for the education of inmates. While the goal of achieving a college
education for inmates is laudable, this bill ensures that it does not
come at the expense of taxpayers.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately upon being
signed into law.

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

                                  6859

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 20, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. O'BRIEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Crime Victims,  Crime  and
  Correction

AN  ACT  to amend the correction law, in relation to prohibiting certain
  uses of state funds

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

  Section 1. The correction law is amended by adding a new section 136-a
to read as follows:
  S  136-A.  PROHIBITION  ON THE USE OF STATE FUNDS. NOTWITHSTANDING THE
PROVISIONS OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED  THIRTY-SIX  OF  THIS  ARTICLE,  STATE
MONEYS  SHALL NOT BE UTILIZED TO FUND ANY PROGRAM OF EDUCATION RESULTING
IN THE AWARD OF A COLLEGE DEGREE WITHOUT CHARGING SUCH INMATE THE ACTUAL
COST OF TUITION FOR SUCH PROGRAM. IN  NO  EVENT  SHALL  SUCH  INMATE  BE
DEEMED  ELIGIBLE  FOR  AWARDS OR SCHOLARSHIPS FUNDED IN WHOLE OR IN PART
WITH STATE FUNDS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14482-01-4

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