June 22, 2012

Legislative Update - June 22, 2012

End of Session –

The Legislature recessed for the summer last evening and has indicated that they will return following the November elections. Aside from earlier budget actions impacting SUNY and higher education, the remaining legislative session was relatively uneventful regarding higher education with the exception of issues involving the health professions. Below is a listing of those significant bills that have been approved by both the Senate and the Assembly impacting SUNY and/or higher education. 

A.7859-A (Glick) – S.4268-C (LaValle)
Ensures that non-degree granting proprietary institutions comply with current best practices for this sector and to provide the Education Department with the resources to effectively oversee compliance with law and to preserve the tuition reimbursement account.
Status:  Pending Delivery to the Governor for Final Action

A.9167 (Lentol) – S.6373 (Golden)
Continues for 2 years, a tuition waiver for one course for police officer students in baccalaureate or higher degree programs at CUNY.
Status:  Pending Delivery to the Governor for Final Action

A.9224 (Silver) – S.6462 (Skelos)
Applies the Iranian energy sector divestment act to public authorities, SUNY and CUNY.
Status:  Pending Delivery to the Governor for Final Action

A.9303-A (Cahill) – S.6511-A (Savino)
Relates to the practice of surgical technology and surgical technologists to require certification and continuing education.
Status:  Pending Delivery to the Governor for Final Action

A.9663-A (Brindisi) – S.6762-A (Griffo)
Provides that the Urban Development Corporation shall establish a Cyber Research Institute with the USAF Research Lab in Rome, NY and colleges and universities to perform research and development in cyber security 
Status:  Pending Delivery to the Governor for Final Action

A.9834 (Gunther) - S.6970 (Young)
Provides for the credentialing of health care providers providing telemedicine services
Status:  Pending Delivery to the Governor for Final Action

A.10002 (Brennan) – S.6980 (Ranzenhofer)
Permits participation in university faculty practice corporations for doctorial physical therapy students
Status:  Pending Delivery to the Governor for Final Action

A10118 (Canestrari) – S.7175 (LaValle)
Clarifies and expands the licensing and regulation of the profession of occupational therapy
Status:  Pending Delivery to the Governor for Final Action

A.10785 (Morelle) – S.7790 (Young)
Relates to permitted deductions from wages establishing additional categories of permissible wage deductions that may be taken by employers with the consent of employees
Status:  Pending Delivery to the Governor for Final Action

S.2935-B (LaValle) – A.4519-B (Canestrari)
Requires all licensed occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants to complete 36 hours of continuing competency every 3 years.
Status:  Pending Delivery to the Governor for Final Action

S.4376-B (Hannon) – A.7355-B (Gottfried)
Provides for the licensing of physician assistants and the continued registration of specialist assistants
Status:  Chapter 48 of the Laws of 2012

S.4640-C (DeFrancisco) – A.4153-C (Magnarelli)
Allow perfusionists to directly perform laboratory tests necessary to their job of running machines essential to certain procedures such as open heart surgery and organ transplants.
Status:  Pending Delivery to the Governor for Final Action

S.5356-D (Young) – A.8392-C (Paulin)
Provides for the certification by the education department of certified registered nurse anesthetists
Status:  Pending Delivery to the Governor for Final Action

S.6469 (DeFrancisco) – A.9342 (Englebright)
Establishes that not-for-profit organizations shall be entitled to all prompt contracting interest due from a state agency at the time of the first payment.
Status:  Pending Delivery to the Governor for Final Action

S.6642-A (DeFrancisco) – A.9531-A (Magnarelli)
Authorizes the exchange of property between SUNY-ESF and Syracuse University
Status:  Pending Delivery to the Governor for Final Action

S.7314-A (Seward) – A.10577 (Morelle)
Permits private colleges and universities with an endowment of at least $1 billion to self insure for their students' health insurance
Status:  Pending Delivery to the Governor for Final Action

S.7782 (Robach) – A.10781 (Bronson)
Relates to the cost effectiveness of consultant contracts by state agencies setting forth conditions when an agency shall enter into a contract for consultant services.
Status:  Pending Delivery to the Governor for Final Action

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