Senate Bill S8596A

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Expands eligibility under the veterans tuition awards program

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Veterans, Homeland Security And Military Affairs Committee


  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2023-S8596 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9205
Current Committee:
Senate Veterans, Homeland Security And Military Affairs
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §669-a, Ed L

2023-S8596 - Summary

Expands eligibility under the veterans tuition awards program to all New York resident veterans, regardless of combat service.

2023-S8596 - Sponsor Memo

2023-S8596 - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   8596
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             February 20, 2024
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sen. SCARCELLA-SPANTON -- read twice and ordered printed,
   and when printed to be committed to the Committee on  Veterans,  Home-
   land Security and Military Affairs
 
 AN  ACT to amend the education law, in relation to expanding eligibility
   under the veterans tuition awards program
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Paragraph d of subdivision 1 of section 669-a of the educa-
 tion  law, as amended by section 46 of part PP of chapter 56 of the laws
 of 2022, is amended to read as follows:
   d. "Other eligible [combat] veteran" means: an individual who (i) is a
 resident of this state, (ii) served in the armed forces  of  the  United
 States [in hostilities that occurred after February twenty-eighth, nine-
 teen hundred sixty-one, as evidenced by their receipt of an Armed Forces
 Expeditionary  Medal,  Navy Expeditionary Medal, or Marine Corps Expedi-
 tionary Medal], and (iii) was either discharged under  honorable  condi-
 tions, including but not limited to honorable discharge, discharge under
 honorable  conditions,  or general discharge, or has a qualifying condi-
 tion, as defined in section one of the veterans' services law,  and  has
 received  a  discharge  other than bad conduct or dishonorable from such
 service, or is a discharged LGBT veteran, as defined in section  one  of
 the  veterans' services law, and has received a discharge other than bad
 conduct or dishonorable from such service.
   § 2. Paragraph a of subdivision 2 of section 669-a  of  the  education
 law,  as  amended  by  section  3 of part N of chapter 57 of the laws of
 2008, is amended to read as follows:
   a. Tuition awards  are  available  for  all  [Vietnam,  Persian  Gulf,
 Afghanistan  and] other eligible [combat] veterans, as defined in subdi-
 vision one of this section, who are enrolled, pursuant to paragraph a of
 subdivision four of section six  hundred  sixty-one  of  this  part,  in
 approved  undergraduate  or graduate programs at STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW
 YORK AND CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK  degree  granting  institutions  or
 enrolled  in  approved  vocational training programs and who apply for a
 tuition assistance program award, FOR UP  TO  THE  EQUIVALENT  OF  EIGHT
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
              

2023-S8596A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9205
Current Committee:
Senate Veterans, Homeland Security And Military Affairs
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §669-a, Ed L

2023-S8596A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Expands eligibility under the veterans tuition awards program to all New York resident veterans, regardless of combat service.

2023-S8596A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2023-S8596A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  8596--A
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             February 20, 2024
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sen. SCARCELLA-SPANTON -- read twice and ordered printed,
   and when printed to be committed to the Committee on  Veterans,  Home-
   land  Security  and  Military  Affairs  --  committee discharged, bill
   amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  commit-
   tee
 
 AN  ACT to amend the education law, in relation to expanding eligibility
   under the veterans tuition awards program
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Paragraph d of subdivision 1 of section 669-a of the educa-
 tion  law, as amended by section 46 of part PP of chapter 56 of the laws
 of 2022, is amended to read as follows:
   d. "Other eligible [combat] veteran" means: an individual who (i) is a
 resident of this state, (ii) served in the armed forces  of  the  United
 States [in hostilities that occurred after February twenty-eighth, nine-
 teen hundred sixty-one, as evidenced by their receipt of an Armed Forces
 Expeditionary  Medal,  Navy Expeditionary Medal, or Marine Corps Expedi-
 tionary Medal], and (iii) was either discharged under  honorable  condi-
 tions, including but not limited to honorable discharge, discharge under
 honorable  conditions,  or general discharge, or has a qualifying condi-
 tion, as defined in section one of the veterans' services law,  and  has
 received  a  discharge  other than bad conduct or dishonorable from such
 service, or is a discharged LGBT veteran, as defined in section  one  of
 the  veterans' services law, and has received a discharge other than bad
 conduct or dishonorable from such service.
   § 2. Paragraph a of subdivision 2 of section 669-a  of  the  education
 law,  as  amended  by  section  3 of part N of chapter 57 of the laws of
 2008, is amended to read as follows:
   a. Tuition awards  are  available  for  all  [Vietnam,  Persian  Gulf,
 Afghanistan  and] other eligible [combat] veterans, as defined in subdi-
 vision one of this section, who are enrolled, pursuant to paragraph a of
 subdivision four of section six  hundred  sixty-one  of  this  part,  in
 approved  undergraduate  or  graduate programs at degree granting insti-
 tutions or enrolled in approved vocational  training  programs  and  who
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
              

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