senate Bill S7626

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes a giving internships for disabled veterans not fully employed program (G.I.V.E. Back NY)

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May 20, 2014 referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs

S7626 - Bill Details

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A9774
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Legislative Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 6-B ยง97, Leg L

S7626 - Bill Texts

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Establishes a giving internships for disabled veterans not fully employed program (G.I.V.E Back NY); awards ten percent of available internships in the assembly youth participation program and the senate student program to eligible honorably discharged veterans with service connected disabilities.

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BILL NUMBER:S7626

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the legislative law, in relation to
establishing a giving internships for disabled veterans not fully
employed program (G.I.V.E. Back NY)

PURPOSE:

To set aside a percentage of the current Assembly Intern and Youth
Participation Program and Senate Student Program positions for
service-disabled veterans.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

This measure will add a new Article (Article VIII) to the Legislative
Law and establish opportunities for service-disabled veteran to
participate in existing internship programs based on the following
guidelines:

Eligible candidates will be Honorably discharged veterans with
service-connected disabilities as determined by the United States
Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense who are
unemployed or underemployed and have demonstrated an interest in
future employment in public service, government or public policy.

Inclusion of (but not limited to) a 10 percent set-aside of in each of
the current Assembly Youth Participation Program and Senate Student
Program for these eligible veterans.

In the same manner students are recruited for internship programs, the
Assembly Intern Office and the Senate Intern Office shall coordinate
with each of the respective county veteran's service agencies to
identify and recruit eligible candidates.

G.I.V.E. Back NY enrollees receive a stipend of $11,500 for a
semester-long program or that amount equal to graduate students
participating in the same internship program.

JUSTIFICATION:

In the year 2014, there are 120 interns in the Assembly Internship
program, which is down from 180 interns in 2013. Currently, the
Assembly Internship program is open to students matriculated in a
four-year college. Undergraduates receive a $4,500 annual stipend
($6,500 for CUNY students) and graduate students earn $11,500. It is
budgeted at $929,149 this fiscal year. This program proposes that
G.I.V.E. Back NY enrollees receive a stipend of $11,500 for the
semester-long program. There will be no additional cost to taxpayers
to implement G.I.V.E. Back NY.

As our country continues to rely on our service men and women to
protect the ideals of our country, we cannot forget those veterans who
have come home to find that integrating back into our workforce and
communities poses many challenges.

As a Legislature we have always come together when it comes to those
service men and women, whether their service was this year, ten years


ago or sixty years ago. Who better than our wounded warriors to see
the inner workings of our republic and representative democracy they
put their lives on the line for to the extent that they now have to
deal with a lifelong disability?

The discipline and work ethic instilled in these service men and women
will prove to be a valuable asset to the New York State Legislature.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None, Budget Neutral

EFFECTIVE DATE:.

This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  7626

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 20, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LARKIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs

AN ACT to amend the legislative  law,  in  relation  to  establishing  a
  giving  internships  for  disabled veterans not fully employed program
  (G.I.V.E.  Back NY)

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

  Section  1. The legislative law is amended by adding a new article 6-B
to read as follows:
                                ARTICLE 6-B
                GIVING INTERNSHIPS FOR DISABLED VETERANS
                       NOT FULLY EMPLOYED PROGRAM
                           (G.I.V.E. BACK NY)
SECTION 97. GIVING INTERNSHIPS FOR DISABLED VETERANS NOT FULLY
              EMPLOYED PROGRAM (G.I.V.E. BACK NY).
  S 97. GIVING INTERNSHIPS FOR  DISABLED  VETERANS  NOT  FULLY  EMPLOYED
PROGRAM  (G.I.V.E.  BACK  NY). 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE
LEGISLATURE A G.I.V.E. BACK NY  PROGRAM  TO  PROVIDE  OPPORTUNITIES  FOR
SERVICE-DISABLED  VETERANS  TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ASSEMBLY YOUTH PARTIC-
IPATION PROGRAM AND THE SENATE STUDENT PROGRAM. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL AWARD
TEN PERCENT OF AVAILABLE INTERNSHIPS IN THE ASSEMBLY YOUTH PARTICIPATION
PROGRAM AND THE SENATE STUDENT PROGRAM TO ELIGIBLE HONORABLY  DISCHARGED
VETERANS  WITH SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITIES.  VETERANS WHO ARE AWARDED
INTERNSHIPS PURSUANT TO THE G.I.V.E. BACK NY  PROGRAM  SHALL  RECEIVE  A
STIPEND  THAT  IS  EQUIVALENT TO THE STIPEND AWARDED TO GRADUATE STUDENT
PARTICIPANTS IN THE ASSEMBLY  YOUTH  PARTICIPATION  PROGRAM  AND  SENATE
STUDENT PROGRAM FOR A ONE SEMESTER INTERNSHIP.
  2.  TO  BE  ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE G.I.V.E. BACK NY PROGRAM, A
CANDIDATE SHALL:
  (A) BE HONORABLY DISCHARGED FROM THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES
WITH SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITIES AS DETERMINED BY THE  UNITED  STATES
DEPARTMENT  OF  VETERANS  AFFAIRS  OR  THE  UNITED  STATES DEPARTMENT OF
DEFENSE;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14703-01-4

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  (B) BE UNEMPLOYED OR UNDEREMPLOYED;
  (C)  HAVE  DEMONSTRATED  AN  INTEREST  IN  FUTURE EMPLOYMENT IN PUBLIC
SERVICE, GOVERNMENT OR PUBLIC POLICY; AND
  (D) SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE  G.I.V.E.  BACK  NY
PROGRAM  TO  THE SENATE OR ASSEMBLY. SUCH APPLICATION SHALL BE MADE IN A
MANNER AND FORM AS DETERMINED BY THE SENATE AND THE ASSEMBLY.
  3. IN AN EFFORT TO FOSTER AND ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION IN THE  G.I.V.E.
BACK NY PROGRAM, THE ASSEMBLY INTERN OFFICE AND THE SENATE INTERN OFFICE
SHALL  COORDINATE  WITH  EACH  OTHER  AND WITH COUNTY VETERANS' SERVICES
AGENCIES TO IDENTIFY AND RECRUIT ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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