senate Bill S5528

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Directs the education department to study, review and report on the placement of the county of Westchester in the Hudson Valley region for purposes of public school foundation aid

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Education Committee


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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2020 referred to education
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 13, 2019 referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 04, 2019 advanced to third reading
Jun 03, 2019 2nd report cal.
May 30, 2019 1st report cal.1047
May 06, 2019 referred to education

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S5528 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6702
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S6310, A8863

S5528 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Directs the education department to study, review and report on the placement of the county of Westchester in the Hudson Valley region for purposes of public school foundation aid, and the appropriateness of placing such county in the Long Island/New York city region for such purposes.

S5528 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5528 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  5528

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 6, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. HARCKHAM -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to direct the education department to study, review and report on
  the geographic cost variation of counties in the Hudson  Valley  labor
  force region to determine the appropriateness of the region cost index
  values for purposes of the public school foundation aid formula

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

  Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds  that  the
introduction of the regional cost index into the state public school aid
formula  provided  a  regional approach to recognizing the difference in
labor market costs. In a June 7, 2006 report to  the  board  of  regents
subcommittee on state aid, state education department staff noted in the
combination  of  the  city  of  New  York and Long Island that there was
"evidence that these two areas  actually  function  as  a  single  labor
market  region.  With  professionals,  especially those in the education
professions, moving to jobs across the lines between New York  city  and
Long  Island, it is necessary to consider this entire region as a single
area, with similar wage costs". At this same time, the education depart-
ment decided to keep the county of Westchester within the Hudson  Valley
for  the  regional cost index calculation. In 2016, this state enacted a
new law to increase the minimum wage across the state. This  legislation
included the county of Westchester along with the counties of Nassau and
Suffolk, in phasing in such wage increases, setting a new precedent that
should  be  considered  by the education department with regard to which
labor market the county of Westchester should be included in.
  § 2. The education department shall, in consultation with the  depart-
ment  of  labor,  study and review the geographic cost variations of the
counties located in the Hudson Valley labor force  region  to  determine
the  appropriateness  of  the regional cost index values used within the
public school foundation aid formula, as well as county placement in the

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

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