senate Bill S161

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to veterans' preferences with respect to civil service promotions

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Current Bill Status - Passed Senate

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

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 18, 2021 referred to governmental employees
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Mar 17, 2021 opinion referred to judiciary
Feb 03, 2021 advanced to third reading
Feb 02, 2021 2nd report cal.
Feb 01, 2021 1st report cal.203
Jan 08, 2021 to attorney-general for opinion
Jan 06, 2021 referred to judiciary


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S161 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
Constitution, Concurrent Resolutions to Amend
Laws Affected:
Amd Art 5 §6, Constn
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2017-2018: S6755
2019-2020: S3647

S161 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to veterans' preferences with respect to civil service promotions; removes requirement of service during a time of war for additional points on civil service examinations for veterans.

S161 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S161 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                              January 6, 2021
 Introduced by Sen. GOUNARDES -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary
 proposing an amendment to section 6 of article 5 of the constitution, in
   relation to civil service appointments and promotions; veterans' pref-
   erences and credits
   Section  1. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That section 6 of arti-
 cle 5 of the constitution be amended to read as follows:
   § 6. Appointments and promotions in the civil service of the state and
 all of the civil divisions thereof, including cities and villages, shall
 be made according to merit and fitness to  be  ascertained,  as  far  as
 practicable,  by  examination  which,  as  far  as practicable, shall be
 competitive; provided, however, that any member of the armed  forces  of
 the  United  States [who served therein in time of war, and] who, at the
 time of such member's appointment or promotion, is a citizen or an alien
 lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the  United  States  and  a
 resident  of  this  state  and is honorably discharged or released under
 honorable circumstances from such service, shall be entitled to  receive
 five  points additional credit in a competitive examination for original
 appointment and two and one-half points additional credit in an examina-
 tion for promotion or,  if  such  member  was  disabled  in  the  actual
 performance  of duty [in any war] and his or her disability is certified
 by the United States department of veterans affairs to be  in  existence
 at the time of application for appointment or promotion, he or she shall
 be  entitled  to  receive  ten points additional credit in a competitive
 examination for original appointment and five points  additional  credit
 in  an  examination for promotion. Such additional credit shall be added
 to the final earned rating of such member after he or she has  qualified
 in an examination and shall be granted only at the time of establishment
 of  an eligible list. No such member shall receive the additional credit
 granted by this section after he or she has  received  one  appointment,


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