|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 03, 2018||referred to education|
|Jan 10, 2017||referred to education|
senate Bill S1513
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Education Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
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S1513 (ACTIVE) - Details
S1513 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S1513 TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the education law, in relation to establishing the Diwali school holiday SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 adds new section 3204-a to the Education Law, requiring that the fifteenth day of the Hindu lunisolar month of Kartik, known as Lakshmi Puja, shall be a school holiday for any or all schools in a qualified school district where the board of education or trustees determines such schools have a significant South Asian population. Qualified school districts shall include a city school district for a city having a population of one million or more inhabitants and having an Asian population equal to or greater than 7.5 percent, as identified by the United States census bureau in the most in the most recent decennial United States census. However, in the event that New York State of the United States census bureau collects population data which denotes the number of citizen of Asian-Indian, Bangladeshi, and Sri Lankan descent, then a qualified school district shall include a city school district for a city having a population of one million or more inhabitants and having a South Asian population equal to or greater than 3 percent.
S1513 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1513 2017-2018 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 10, 2017 ___________ Introduced by Sen. AVELLA -- 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 establishing the Diwa- li school holiday 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 3204-a to read as follows: § 3204-A. HINDU FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS SCHOOL HOLIDAY. 1. THE FIFTEENTH DAY OF THE HINDU LUNISOLAR MONTH OF KARTIK, KNOWN AS LAKSHMI PUJA, SHALL BE A SCHOOL HOLIDAY FOR ANY OR ALL SCHOOLS IN A QUALIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT WHERE THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OR TRUSTEES DETERMINES SUCH SCHOOLS HAVE A SIGNIFICANT SOUTH-ASIAN POPULATION. 2. A QUALIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, SHALL INCLUDE A CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OF A CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE INHABITANTS AND HAVING AN ASIAN POPULATION EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN SEVEN AND ONE-HALF PERCENT. THE ASIAN POPULATION, FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, SHALL INCLUDE THOSE PERSONS, ADULTS AND CHIL- DREN, WHO ARE FULLY OR PARTIALLY OF ASIAN DESCENT AND SHALL INCLUDE ALL THOSE PERSONS AND ETHNIC GROUPS IDENTIFIED AS ASIAN BY THE UNITED STATES CENSUS BUREAU IN THE MOST RECENT DECENNIAL UNITED STATES CENSUS. IN THE EVENT THAT THE STATE OF NEW YORK OR THE UNITED STATES CENSUS BUREAU COLLECTS POPULATION DATA FOR THE STATE OF NEW YORK WHICH DENOTES THE NUMBER OF CITIZENS OF ASIAN-INDIAN, BANGLADESHI, AND SRI LANKAN DESCENT, THEN A QUALIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL INCLUDE A CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OF A CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE INHABITANTS AND HAVING A SOUTH ASIAN POPULATION, INCLUDING ASIAN-INDIAN, BANGLADESHI, AND SRI LANKAN EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN THREE PERCENT. 3. THE SCHOOL AUTHORITIES OF EVERY QUALIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ARE HERE- BY AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO CAUSE ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS WITHIN SUCH DISTRICT TO BE CLOSED ON LAKSHMI PUJA, DURING THE FESTIVAL OF DIWALI. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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