senate Bill S1137

2021-2022 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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Current Bill Status - Passed Senate


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 03, 2021 referred to higher education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jan 25, 2021 advanced to third reading
Jan 20, 2021 2nd report cal.
Jan 19, 2021 1st report cal.92
Jan 07, 2021 referred to higher education

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S1137 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4249
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
2019-2020: S5695, A4281

S1137 (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.

S1137 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1137 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   1137
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              January 7, 2021
                                ___________
 
 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 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.
   3.  IT  SHALL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE FACULTY AND OF THE ADMINIS-
 TRATIVE OFFICIALS OF EACH INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION TO MAKE AVAIL-
 ABLE TO EACH STUDENT WHO IS ABSENT FROM SCHOOL, BECAUSE OF  HIS  OR  HER
 RELIGIOUS  BELIEFS, AN EQUIVALENT OPPORTUNITY TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES OR
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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