2007 Chapter & Veto Summary
2007 Legislation Approved by the both the Senate and Assembly Impacting Higher Education
Status as of Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Chapter Laws: 1-111,
Pending Submission: All
Chapter Laws of 2007
Reforms the budget process by enacting numerous provisions that will promote timeliness, transparency and accountability which includes: the reporting of journal voucher transactions, consensus revenue forecasting, multi-year financial plan changes, creation of the "rainy day reserve fund", the scheduling of legislative consideration of budget bills, estimates of fiscal impact and the content of appropriation bills.
Extends right of public employee organizations to agency shop fee salary deductions for two additional years.
Enacts the Public Employee Ethics Reform Act of 2007, which establishes comprehensive reforms to strengthen New York's ethics and lobbying laws for all public employees.
Enacts SLATE – “Student Lending Accountability, Transparency and Enforcement Act" to establish protections for students and parents from exploitation by the student loan industry and institutions of higher learning.
Increases from $200,000 to $300,000, the value of construction contracts that may be let without bidding on an emergency basis and extends the expiration of the existing provisions of the public buildings law relating thereto.
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Requires state entities that maintain a website to post certain information on their websites; such information shall include the contact information of the person who is responsible for complying with FOIL requests.
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Relates to excused leave for breast cancer and prostate cancer screenings to include county and municipal employees.
Provides for the phase-out of the use of creosote as a wood preservative, including manufacture, sale and use.
Creates a New York state interagency council for services to persons who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing to promote a comprehensive service system for the deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing.
Relates to increasing continuing education requirements for dentists to include study in dental jurisprudence and ethics and CPR certification.
Requires a building or facility to indicate at the building's entrance, the location of an automated external defibrillator.
Establishes it shall be an improper public employer practice to fail to provide or refuse to afford a public employee the right, upon demand, to representation by a representative the employee organization when during questioning by the public employer it reasonably appears that he or she may be subject to a potential disciplinary action.
Provides for funding of project costs for an international computer chip research and development center and the college of nanoscale science and engineering at SUNY Albany through the issue of bonds by the urban development corporation; appropriates $300 million.
Requires that specifications and contracts for the construction, reconstruction, maintenance and/or repair of public work to which the state or a municipality is a party shall contain provisions requiring that all laborers, workers, and mechanics shall be certified as having successfully completed a course in construction safety and health approved by the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration that is at least 10 hours in duration.
Amends provisions relating to prompt contracting for state contracts with not-for-profit organizations including reporting and notification provisions and requires a report be sent to the governor and the legislature.
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Defines a patient in need of surrogate decision-making to include a patient case managed or service coordinated by the office of mental retardation and developmental disabilities; authorizes other available surrogates regulated by the mental hygiene law to participate in proceedings and receive information.
Makes provisions relating to pandemic flu and reporting, public health emergency preparedness, detection and response of public health emergencies.
Relates to a statewide advisory council regarding college instructional materials, extending certain provisions relating to publishers or manufacturers providing printed instructional materials for college students with disabilities.
Provides that grants for palliative care teaching shall be provided to medical students in certified home health agencies, long term home health care programs and AIDS home care programs.
Establishes the public umbilical cord blood banking program within the department of health to promote public awareness of the potential benefits of public cord blood banking, to promote research into the uses of cord blood, and to facilitate pre-delivery arrangements for public banking of cord blood donations.
Relates to state aid for certain independent institutions of higher learning bill providing a technical amendment regarding the high needs nursing program so that schools receiving this funding do not have any other funding that they receive reduced.
Provides that an employee shall have the right to express breast milk at work and requires employer to make reasonable efforts to provide a location for a woman to express milk in privacy.
Requires employers with more than 20 employees to grant employees working 20 or more hours a week 3 hours leave of absence in any 12 month period to donate blood and provides such leave may not exceed 3 hours unless otherwise agreed to by the employer.
Provides that the city and state contribute the required employee contribution on behalf of SUNY and CUNY who are members of the optional retirement program and who have ten years or more of membership in such program.
Requires that workers receive written notification of the prevailing wage rates and supplements.
Creates the New York invasive species council and establishes general powers and duties of the council.
Relates to contracts for public work by requiring contracts entered into by a third person acting in place of, on behalf of and for the benefit of a public entity pursuant to any lease, permit or other agreement between such third party and the public entity to contain a stipulation that certain workers shall not be permitted or required to work more than eight hours in any one calendar day or more than five days in any one week except in certain cases.
Includes construction contracts to the category of those SUNY contracts that are subject to flexibility thresholds approved by the Office of General Services and the Office of the State Comptroller which will permit campuses to commence construction projects, valued at less than the negotiated threshold in a more timely and cost effective manner.
Vetoes of 2007
Requires contractors and subcontractors give written notification to workers employed on public work projects of the right to receive prevailing wages.
Requires all state agencies, including public authorities, and public benefit corporations to check on the tax delinquency status of each vendor prior to entering into a contract or subcontract to insure that contracts and subcontracts are awarded or approved only to those firms in good standing with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
Extends from one year to eighteen months the period for leaves of absence by reason of disability resulting from occupational injury or disease for public employees.
Designates Union College security officers as peace officers.
Provides for limited dental instruction for dentists licensed in another state at accredited schools or residency programs approved by the department of education.
Prohibits employers from using an employee's social security number for identification purposes.
Relates to the definition of employer and the duty of public employers to develop and implement programs to prevent workplace violence to include not-for-profit corporations who received at least fifty percent of their budget through government sources.
Provides that a professional fundraiser who completes a course of instruction in the law and ethics of fundraising and philanthropy shall be entitled to a waiver of the annual registration fee for one year.
Authorizes the transfer of certain construction funds to the Richardson Center corporation for planning, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation and/or redevelopment of the H. H. Richardson Facility, formerly Buffalo Psychiatric Center.
Designates members of the campus safety department of Paul Smith's College as peace officers.
Limits the use of social security numbers for identification of employees in that no state agency shall use the social security numbers of its employees for identification purposes and if an agency requests or requires an employee to disclose his or her SSN they must inform the employee in writing whether such disclosure is voluntary or mandatory.
Expands the definition of the term "state department" to include public authorities and public benefit corporations created pursuant to law where at least one of the members is appointed by the governor for purposes of letting state contracts for architectural and engineering services.
Prohibits the diminution of health insurance benefits of public employee retirees and their dependents or reducing the employer's contributions for such insurance from May 1, 2007 until May 15, 2008.
Prohibits the diminution of health insurance benefits of certain retired members of the NYS and local police and fire retirement system or the New York state and local employees' retirement system who retires from police or fire service and their dependents or reducing the employer's contributions for such insurance from May 1, 2007 until May 15, 2008.
Provides that no civil service employee may be reassigned outside the county in which they normally work without consent, provided that if reassignment is necessary, such employees shall be given at least twelve months notice and shall be offered the opportunity to transfer to other positions.
Relates to the authority of the civil service commission to designate positions as unclassified and provides that the civil service commission shall not consider a request by the chancellor of the state university and by the board of trustees of community colleges which seeks to designate as unclassified any position in the classified service which is the same or substantially similar in scope and duties as the specifications for a position in the classified service.
Provides special accidental death benefits to deceased members of the department of sanitation of a city, town or village or limo or taxi inspectors, school safety agents or campus peace officers employed by CUNY.
Pending Submission to the Governor for final action
Relates to department of health approval of the establishment of a college-linked senior living community in Tompkins county in conjunction with Ithaca College and Longview Residential Senior Community.
Relates to provisional employees of certain public employers creating a plan for addressing excess provisional appointments, requiring approval of such plan by the state civil service commission and provides for the expiration and repeal of such provisions on July 1, 2014.