senate Bill S6961

Vetoed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the creation of an early learning council

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Vetoed by Governor

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Dec 17, 2014 tabled
vetoed memo.544
Dec 05, 2014 delivered to governor
Jun 11, 2014 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1084
substituted for s6961
Jun 11, 2014 substituted by a8921
Jun 09, 2014 advanced to third reading
Jun 03, 2014 2nd report cal.
Jun 02, 2014 1st report cal.1084
May 13, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Apr 09, 2014 referred to children and families

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Jun 2, 2014 - Finance committee Vote

S6961
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committee
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Nay
8
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
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Excused
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Abstained
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May 13, 2014 - Children and Families committee Vote

S6961
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committee
4
Aye
1
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Children and Families Committee Vote: May 13, 2014

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aye wr (1)

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S6961 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8921
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 10-E ยงยง484-a - 484-e, Soc Serv L

S6961 - Bill Texts

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Relates to the creation of an early learning council; provides support for public and private investment in early learning for children up to the age of five.

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BILL NUMBER:S6961

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation
to the creation of the early learning council

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To create opportunities for investments into early learning.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:.

Section one of the bill establishes the Early Learning Council ("ELC")
with the purpose of securing public and private support for early
learning program for children up to the age of 5.

Section two of the bill sets forth the membership of the ELC; at least
4 business leaders appointed by the Governor, 2 by the Speaker and 2
by the Temporary President of the Senate, the commissioners of the
Office of Children and Family Service, the Office of Temporary and
Disability Assistance, the State Education Department and the Economic
State Development Corporation, and the Director of the Division of the
Budget.

Section three of the bill sets forth the powers and duties of the ELC
including meeting twice per year, increasing awareness of early
learning programs and developing an annual report to the Governor and
Legislature.

Section four of the bill sets forth the term that members of the ELC
would serve to be 3 years for appointed positions and for all others
so long as they hold remain in titles with state government.

Section five of the bill would allow the ELC to receive non-protected
and non-identifying information from State and local governmental
agencies.

Section six of the bill would set an immediate effective date, except
that the annual report would be due September 1, 2015 and annually
thereafter.

JUSTIFICATION:

Decades of research have demonstrated the social, academic, and
economic gains that result from increased investment in high quality
early childhood education programs. Children who participate in
quality early learning programs have higher rates of high school
graduation and college enrollment and decreased rates of incarceration
and reliance on public assistance. Early childhood programs produce a
high rate of return, mostly due to the societal savings resulting from
decreased reliance on criminal justice and safety net programs. In
addition, increased investment in early learning has been shown to
increase the productivity of the current workforce and provides an
economic boost for local economies. It is therefore important to
engage members of the business community in the discussion on early
learning funding, and to encourage such persons to seek out
investments both private and public to the greatest extent possible.


This bill would create an Early Learning Council, modeled off of the
one in Pennsylvania, to create greater opportunities for investments
in early learning programs.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:

None known.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately provided that the first annual
report required pursuant to section 458-N shall be due September 1,
2015 and annually thereafter.

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

                                  6961

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 9, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. AVELLA, VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to  the  Committee  on  Children  and
  Families

AN  ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to the creation of
  the early learning council

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

  Section  1. The social services law is amended by adding a new article
10-E to read as follows:
                              ARTICLE 10-E
                         EARLY LEARNING COUNCIL
SECTION 484-A. CREATION AND PURPOSE.
        484-B. COMPOSITION.
        484-C. POWERS AND DUTIES.
        484-D. TERM.
        484-E. SHARING OF INFORMATION.
  S 484-A. CREATION AND PURPOSE. THERE IS HEREBY  ESTABLISHED  AN  EARLY
LEARNING COUNCIL. THE PURPOSE OF THE EARLY LEARNING COUNCIL IS TO SECURE
SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INVESTMENT IN EARLY LEARNING FOR CHILDREN
UP  TO  THE AGE OF FIVE BY FOCUSING ON PRACTICES THAT ARE EDUCATIONALLY,
ECONOMICALLY, AND SCIENTIFICALLY SOUND.
  S 484-B. COMPOSITION. THE EARLY  LEARNING  COUNCIL  SHALL  CONSIST  OF
MEMBERS  INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE DIRECTORS OF THE BUDGET, THE
COMMISSIONER OF THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES, THE  COMMIS-
SIONER OF THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE COMMISSIONER OF THE OFFICE
OF  TEMPORARY  AND  DISABILITY  ASSISTANCE,  THE PRESIDENT OF THE EMPIRE
STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES;  AT  LEAST
FOUR  REPRESENTATIVES  OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY APPOINTED BY THE GOVER-
NOR,  AND  AT  LEAST  TWO  REPRESENTATIVES  OF  THE  BUSINESS  COMMUNITY
APPOINTED  BY  THE  SPEAKER  AND  THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE,
RESPECTIVELY. THE COUNCIL MAY ORGANIZE SUBCOMMITTEES TO REVIEW  SPECIFIC
FUNDING AND POLICY PRIORITIES.
  S  484-C.  POWERS  AND DUTIES. THE EARLY LEARNING COUNCIL WILL MEET AT
LEAST TWICE A YEAR AND WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING POWERS AND DUTIES:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14008-02-4

S. 6961                             2

  1. DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING STRATEGIES TO ENGAGE BUSINESS AND CIVIC
LEADERS AND ORGANIZATIONS IN EARLY LEARNING PLANNING AND ADVOCACY AT THE
STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL;
  2.  CONSULTING  WITH  PERSONS  WITH  EXPERIENCE  IN THE FIELD OF EARLY
CHILDHOOD EDUCATION ON FUNDING AND POLICY PRIORITIES;
  3. INCREASING BUSINESS, CIVIC AND PUBLIC AWARENESS OF  THE  IMPORTANCE
OF  EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION; INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE DISTRIB-
UTION OF LITERATURE THROUGH MAIL OR ONLINE, ORGANIZING OF  MEETINGS  AND
EVENTS AND PROMOTING THE COST BENEFITS OF INVESTMENTS IN LEARNING; AND,
  4.  DEVELOPING  AN  ANNUAL  REPORT  TO  THE  GOVERNOR  AND LEGISLATURE
CONTAINING INFORMATION ON ALL ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE PREVIOUS YEAR AS
WELL AS RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN EARLY LEARNING PROGRAMS  AND
POLICIES.
  S  484-D.  TERM. APPOINTED MEMBERS OF THE EARLY LEARNING COUNCIL SHALL
SERVE FOR A TERM OF THREE  YEARS  AND  CONTINUE  TO  SERVE  UNTIL  THEIR
SUCCESSOR  IS  APPOINTED.  MEMBERS SERVING AS A RESULT OF THEIR POSITION
WITH STATE GOVERNMENT SHALL SERVE SO LONG AS THEY REMAIN IN SUCH CAPACI-
TY. ANY VACANCIES SHALL BE  FILLED  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION  FOUR  HUNDRED
EIGHTY-FOUR-B  OF THIS ARTICLE. MEMBERS SHALL SERVE WITHOUT COMPENSATION
EXCEPT FOR PAYMENT OF NECESSARY AND ACTUAL EXPENSES INCURRED IN  ATTEND-
ING  MEETINGS  AND  IN  PERFORMING  THEIR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS
MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.
  S 484-E. SHARING  OF  INFORMATION.  THE  EARLY  LEARNING  COUNCIL  MAY
REQUEST,  AND SHALL RECEIVE, INFORMATION FROM ANY STATE OR LOCAL GOVERN-
MENTAL AGENCY NECESSARY TO COMPLETE ITS DUTIES PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE,
SO LONG  AS  SUCH  INFORMATION  IS  NON-IDENTIFYING  AND  NOT  OTHERWISE
PROTECTED BY LAW.
  S  2.  This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the first
annual report required pursuant to section 484-c of the social  services
law  as  added by section one of this act shall be due September 1, 2015
and every September 1 thereafter.

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