2009 Chapter & Veto Summary
2008 Chapter Laws & Vetoes
2007 Chapter Laws & Vetoes
2009 Legislation Approved by Both the Senate and Assembly
Impacting Higher Education
Chapter Laws: 8-306,
Chapter Laws of 2009
Enacts the "New York higher education cares act" to distribute student residual consumer goods from state universities and colleges to local not-for-profit organizations.
Effective date – March 23, 2009
Requires college campuses to provide incoming students with information about domestic violence and stalking prevention.
Effective date – April 7, 2009
S.2754 Johnson, C.
Provides that if a public body has the ability, it must post notices of place and time of public meetings on its website.
Effective date – May 12, 2009
Prohibits state agencies from making loans to employees.
Effective date – September 7, 2009
S.5659 Johnson, C.
Relates to the effectiveness of provisions of law dealing with state contracts with not-for-profit organizations.
Effective Date – July 16, 2009
Provides for the extension of health insurance coverage to the unmarried child of an insurered through the age of 29 years.
Effective Date – September 1, 2009
Relates to activities by former state officers extending the exemption from the "revolving door" provisions of the Public Officers Law to include those state workers who lose their jobs as a result of the reduction in the state workforce on or after January 1, 2009 and before April 1, 2011.
Effective Date – January 1, 2009
Requires state agencies, departments or authorities which let more than ten million dollars in service and construction contracts to establish mentor-protege programs to enable the development and success of small, minority, and women-owned businesses.
Effective Date – August 8, 2009
Establishes Amanda's law requiring all residences to have installed an operable carbon monoxide detector.
Effective Date – February 22, 2010
Implements a provision in a collective bargaining agreement between the state university construction fund and an employee organization relating to unused sick leave and retirement service credit.
Effective Date – August 26, 2009
Authorizes the aggregate purchases of energy for state agencies, institutions, local governments, public authorities and public benefit corporations.
Effective Date – August 26, 2009
Requires facilities to disclose nursing quality indicators and provides for facilities with an operating certificate to make available to the public information regarding nurse staffing and patient outcomes.
Effective Date - March 15, 2010
Requires agencies to post to post minority and women-owned business utilization plans on agency websites.
Effective Date – September 16, 2009
Allows dental residents to satisfy the ethics and jurisprudence educational course requirement during the period of their dental residency and limits permits in dentistry.
Effective Date – January 1, 2010
Establishes a Tier V plan for members of the NYS and Local Retirement System/Employees Retirement System and the Teachers Retirement System for employees whose start date is on or after January 1, 2010.
Effective Date - Dec. 19, 2009
Creates an independent authorities budget office to provide oversight of operations and finances of public authorities in real time and to inform the legislature and executive on issues relating to debt, compensation of board members, the role minority and women-owned businesses play in the procurement process.
Effective Date - March 1, 2010
Vetoes of 2009
Would have strengthen the open meetings law by providing two alternatives to court invalidation of an action taken when any aspect of a meeting is closed in violation of the law: first, a court may stay the implementation of an action taken at such a meeting and remand the action to the public body for reconsideration and second, a court may, upon finding a violation of law, impose a fine of up to five hundred dollars on the public body.
Would have permitted a state agency to extend the last date for submission of comments on a proposed rule by publishing notice of extension in the state register and provides that any citizen or resident may ask for such an extension, and if asked for by the state comptroller, the attorney-general, or a member of the legislature, the agency shall either grant or deny the request and, if denied, state its reasons in writing.
Would have provided for consideration of an applicant's change in status relating to income after the beginning of a semester in changing an applicant's TAP award after the semester has begun.
Would have created a regional technology commercialization fund and grant program in the New York state foundation for science, technology and innovation to promote and support research and development of inventions and technologies by small businesses and colleges and universities.
Would have created within the department of economic development the strategic training alliance program to fund regional skills training programs within specific areas or industries to enhance employer access to skilled work force and repeals provisions of the urban development corporation act relating to the strategic training alliance.
Would have required entities applying for, and certain enterprises receiving university-related state economic development grants to commit to first considering companies based in New York State as primary suppliers, and to provide written evidence of such commitment to the office of science, technology and academic research or to trustees of the university.
Would have clarified the scope of protections against discrimination on the basis of disability in services provided by public entities including exclusion from participation or denial of benefits, services, programs or activities of a public entity and refusal of a public entity to make reasonable accommodations unless such entity can establish undue hardship.
Would have created the micro business outreach center assistance program within the department of economic development, and provides for its functions, powers and duties and creates the micro business outreach center network.
Would have enacted the New York State Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise Opportunity Act.
Would have enacted the academic research information access act to provide public and private academic and research libraries of New York access to information resources at institutions of higher education and within the entrepreneurial community.