assembly Bill A5180

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to ensuring all children have access to the delivery of technology through high-quality broadband internet connectivity

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Feb 11, 2021 referred to education

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A5180 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S3184
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 9-A §§430 - 439, Ed L; add §186-h, Tax L; add §95-j, St Fin L; amd Art 11 Art Head, add §224-c, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
A11180

A5180 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the "E-Let's Expand Access to Remote Now (E-LEARN) Act" to ensure all children have access to the delivery of technology through high-quality broadband internet connectivity in support of the constitutional education obligations of the state; imposes assessments on telecommunications providers; creates a state fund to accomplish objectives.

A5180 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   5180
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                             February 11, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  M.  of A. BENEDETTO, AUBRY, HAWLEY, JACKSON -- read once
   and referred to the Committee on Education
 
 AN ACT to amend the education law, the tax law, the  state  finance  law
   and  the public service law, in relation to ensuring all children have
   access to the delivery of technology  through  high-quality  broadband
   internet connectivity in support of the constitutional education obli-
   gations  of the state; and providing for the repeal of such provisions
   upon expiration thereof
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
 the "E-Let's Expand Access to Remote Now (E-LEARN) Act".
   § 2. Legislative intent. The legislature  hereby  finds  and  declares
 that the COVID-19 pandemic has plagued the health, economy and education
 systems  throughout  New York and impacted the livelihood of every resi-
 dent of the state with an  extensive,  protracted  and  disproportionate
 impact on students in every region.
   The  legislature  further  finds  the  unprecedented closure of school
 buildings for the last quarter of the 2019-20 school year  coupled  with
 increasing  COVID-19  public  health  and safety concerns throughout the
 summer and into the beginning of the 2020-21 school year have  continued
 to  present  logistical  challenges  for  the  delivery of education and
 support services especially for students who are living in poverty.
   The legislature further finds Article XI of the New York state Consti-
 tution which stipulates 'The Legislature shall provide for  the  mainte-
 nance  and  support  of a system of free common schools, wherein all the
 children of the state may be educated' must be continuously upheld  even
 throughout the ensuing pandemic period.
   The  legislature further finds schools across the state had to quickly
 implement technological programs and devices to deliver remote  learning
 options  to  students during the closed down period and many schools are
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.