senate Bill S5695A

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to observance of all religious holidays by institutions within the state university and the city university of New York, and includes the Asian Lunar New Year within the definition of such holidays

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 17, 2019 referred to higher education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 04, 2019 advanced to third reading
amended (t) 5695a
Jun 03, 2019 2nd report cal.
May 30, 2019 1st report cal.1040
May 13, 2019 referred to higher education

Votes

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May 30, 2019 - Higher Education committee Vote

S5695
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Nay
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Aye with Reservations
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Absent
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Excused
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Committee Vote: May 30, 2019

nay (1)
aye wr (2)
excused (1)

S5695 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4281
Current Committee:
Assembly Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §6235, amd §224-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S7176
2013-2014: S684, A6947
2015-2016: S914, A2663
2017-2018: S1560, A4930

S5695 - Summary

Relates to observance of all religious holidays by institutions within the state university and the city university of New York, and includes the Asian Lunar New Year within the definition of such holidays.

S5695 - Sponsor Memo

S5695 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  5695

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 13, 2019
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to observance of  certain
  holidays  by  institutions  within  the  state university and the city
  university of New York

  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 362 to
read as follows:
  §  362.  HOLIDAYS  TO  BE  OBSERVED.  NO  CLASS OR ANY OTHER COURSE OF
INSTRUCTION SHALL BE HELD IN ANY INSTITUTION WITHIN THE STATE UNIVERSITY
ON THOSE DAYS OF RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE KNOWN AS EID UL-FITR, EID UL-ADHA,
DIWALI AND THE ASIAN LUNAR NEW YEAR, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT  THE  CHAN-
CELLOR,  IN  HIS  OR HER DISCRETION, MAY EXEMPT ANY INSTITUTION FROM THE
FOREGOING PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  § 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 6235 to read
as follows:
  § 6235. HOLIDAYS TO BE OBSERVED. NO  CLASS  OR  ANY  OTHER  COURSE  OF
INSTRUCTION  SHALL BE HELD IN ANY INSTITUTION WITHIN THE CITY UNIVERSITY
ON THOSE DAYS OF RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE KNOWN AS EID UL-FITR, EID UL-ADHA,
DIWALI AND THE ASIAN LUNAR NEW YEAR PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE CHANCEL-
LOR, IN HIS OR HER DISCRETION, MAY EXEMPT ANY INSTITUTION FROM THE FORE-
GOING PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07394-01-9

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S5695A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4281
Current Committee:
Assembly Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §6235, amd §224-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S7176
2013-2014: S684, A6947
2015-2016: S914, A2663
2017-2018: S1560, A4930

S5695A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to observance of all religious holidays by institutions within the state university and the city university of New York, and includes the Asian Lunar New Year within the definition of such holidays.

S5695A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5695A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 5695--A
    Cal. No. 1040

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 13, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LIU  --  read  twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed  to  the  Committee  on  Higher  Education  --
  reported  favorably  from  said committee, ordered to first and second
  report, amended on second report, ordered to a third reading,  and  to
  be  reprinted  as  amended,  retaining its place in the order of third
  reading

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the observance of  all
  religious holidays by institutions within the state university and the
  city  university  of  New York, and including the Asian Lunar New Year
  within the definition of such holidays

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

  Section  1.  Section 224-a of the education law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 8 to read as follows:
  8. NOTWITHSTANDING THE DEFINITION OF "RELIGIOUS BELIEF" AS DEFINED  IN
SUBDIVISION  SEVEN  OF  THIS  SECTION,  ANY  STUDENT THAT CELEBRATES THE
CULTURAL OBSERVANCE OF THE ASIAN LUNAR NEW YEAR  SHALL  BE  EXCUSED  FOR
THAT  CULTURAL  OBSERVANCE IN THE SAME MANNER AS STUDENTS EXCUSED DUE TO
SUCH STUDENTS' RELIGIOUS BELIEFS PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.
  § 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 6235 to read
as follows:
  § 6235. STUDENTS UNABLE BECAUSE OF RELIGIOUS BELIEFS  TO  REGISTER  OR
ATTEND  CLASSES  ON CERTAIN DAYS. 1. NO PERSON SHALL BE EXPELLED FROM OR
BE REFUSED ADMISSION AS A STUDENT TO AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER  EDUCATION
FOR THE REASON THAT HE OR SHE IS UNABLE, BECAUSE OF HIS OR HER RELIGIOUS
BELIEFS, TO REGISTER OR ATTEND CLASSES OR TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY EXAMINA-
TION, STUDY OR WORK REQUIREMENTS ON A PARTICULAR DAY OR DAYS.
  2.  ANY  STUDENT  IN AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION WHO IS UNABLE,
BECAUSE OF HIS OR HER RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, TO ATTEND CLASSES ON A  PARTIC-
ULAR DAY OR DAYS SHALL, BECAUSE OF SUCH ABSENCE ON THE PARTICULAR DAY OR
DAYS, BE EXCUSED FROM ANY EXAMINATION OR ANY STUDY OR WORK REQUIREMENTS.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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