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- June 24, 2005
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- March 8, 2005
June 24, 2005; 6:45pm
The Senate and Assembly have adjourned their "regular" sessions, and with that the 2005 Legislative Session has come to a close. While there
are a couple of outstanding issues like the death penalty and casinos, there are no plans to return at this time.
The 2005 Legislative Session was a generally successful one for the State University. The budget process produced a good budget; one which
appropriated funds to cover fixed costs including the collective bargaining agreements and increased energy costs.
The end of the session was relatively quite for the higher education issues. While there were numerous discussions on issues including
construction safety standards, hazing and alcohol prevention, suicide prevention, a rational tuition policy, a commission to study SUNY,
unemployment insurance, and research investment, assessment and high tech development, to the extent these issues needed a remedy it was reached
We still anticipate public hearings this summer and fall by Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Canestrari on the State University. The topics, while
not yet agreed to, will revolve around meeting the higher education needs of New Yorkers, specifically, a rational tuition policy, the mission of the
University, and public access and affordability.
The following is a listing of bills of higher education interest that have either (1) already been signed into law, or (2) passed both houses and
are awaiting gubernatorial action. A full listing of all the legislation we monitored this session will be provided next week.
2005 Session Higher Education Summary
Chapter Laws of 2005
Chapter 22 - FOIL Access
Establishes if an agency determines that a request for access to
records shall be granted in whole or in part, the grant of the request shall be made within a reasonable period depending on the circumstances.
Agency Shop Extension - Chapter 31
Extends right of public employee organizations to agency
shop fee salary deductions for two additional years.
Chapter 41 - Graduation Student Salaries
A. 8185 John
Provides for the adjustment of stipends of certain
incumbents in the state university of New York; continues a doctoral program recruitment and retention program; continues an employee assistance
program; continues a professional development committee; makes related provisions; appropriates certain moneys.
Chapter 65 - Internet Access
S. 3155 Trunzo
Provides for the promulgation of rules and regulations with
respect to the posting of application forms of state agencies on the internet.
Bills Passed Both Senate & Assembly
S. 1074 Alesi
Requires that the state sanitary code contain provisions to require at
least one functional cardiac defibrillator be made available for emergency use to resuscitate attendees at each facility having a capacity for
occupancy by 1,000 or more people, except a facility utilized for religious services, at functions held thereat at which people are present and
requires at least one person employed by the facility who is trained in its proper operation and use and who will be present at such function to
assist in its use.
Authorizes nurses and pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception
upon the prescription and order of a non-patient specific regimen by a licensed physician, certified nurse practitioner, or licensed midwife; enacts
the "unintended pregnancy prevention act".
Relates to the continuing jurisdiction of the state ethics commission.
Requires evacuation drills be conducted at least twice a year at all
buildings owned or leased in whole by the state or any agency thereof.
Memorial Scholarship Award
Establishes a memorial award for children and spouses of those
deceased as a result of American Airlines flight 587, airbus A300 which crashed into Belle Harbor, Queens county on November 12, 2001, which allows
eligibility for such persons to receive an amount equal to the actual annual tuition at SUNY or CUNY, reduced by the amount of any other award or
grant from the state received by the recipient.
Relates to reporting and disclosure about contracts for consulting services;
requires the department of civil service to maintain records documenting the employment of persons pursuant to contracts for consulting services
issued by state agencies.
Stony Brook Autism Center
Establishes the Stony Brook University Cody center for
autism and developmental disabilities at Stony Brook University; provides that the purpose of the center is to advance the standards of care for
people with autism and provide intensive research on the cause and potential cures of autism.
Public Project Record Access
Provides for public access (public inspection and copying) to
certain records of public entities regarding certain public work and building service employees i.e., records or portions thereof pertaining to the
employee classifications of, rate of wages and supplements paid to, and number of hours worked by the employees of contractors classified as
Veteran Parking Fee Wavier
Provides that campus rules and regulations may provide that any
veteran attending SUNY as a student shall be exempt from any fees for parking or registering a motor vehicle.
Prevailing Wage Notice
Requires contractors and subcontractors give written notification to
workers employed on public work projects of the right to receive prevailing wages; stipulates certain other notice and posting requirements.
Community College Credit Card Authorization - BOT # 10-2005
Authorizes community colleges to
accept payment by credit card, make electronic transfers, and accept internet payments.
DCJS Accreditation - BOT # 6-2005
Includes state university police officers within the
definition of law enforcement agency for the purposes of the law enforcement accreditation council.
Charter School Employees
Extends the effectiveness of conditional employment and emergency
conditional employment of prospective employees of school districts, boards of cooperative educational services and charter schools.
Military TAP Residency
Provides for the waiver of residency requirements for receipt of
awards by certain members, or the spouse or a dependent of such member, of the US armed forces who is on full time active duty and stationed in this
Nursing Faculty Scholarships
Renames the "New York state nursing faculty scholarship
program" the "Senator Patricia K. McGee nursing faculty scholarship program".
Prevailing Wage Records
Requires certain supervisors to maintain a daily headcount on all workers
for all contracts requiring prevailing wage rates and requires such records to be kept for at least three years after the completion of the project.
Loan Default Information
Provides for the furnishing of information acquired by the department
of taxation to the higher education services corporation for the purpose of assisting in default prevention and collection of certain student loans.
Consolidates and reduces the frequency of reporting requirements by
various departments, agencies and public authorities and also provides for copies of public documents to be sent to the legislative library and
re-defines content requirements for reports to the legislature to provide that a full copy of each report be delivered to specified members of the
legislature and all other members may receive either a full copy or a summary; eliminates certain reports by departments from being done.
UAlbany Ground Lease
Authorizes the lease of lands located at the State University of New
York at Albany to the Fuller Road Management Corporation for a period not to exceed forty years to be used to help support the University's College of
Nanoscale Science and Engineering, the New York State Center for Excellence in Nonoelectronics and associated semi-conductor research activities.
Public Authority Reform
Establishes the public authorities accountability act of 2005 which
allows certain authorities to have presidents who shall be the chief executive officers of such authorities and establishes the role and responsibilities
of board members of state and local authorities; relates to the disposition of property by public authorities; consolidates the office of the state
Procurement Lobbying Reform
Relates to registration filing fees for certain lobbying entities;
restricts contacts in the procurement process and the recording of contacts.
Procurement Contract Amendment
Relates to the conducting of an award of a procurement contract;
makes a chapter amendment to provisions of A.8964 and S.5873 relating to the restrictions on contracts during the procurement process.
2005-06 Budget Amendments
Amends various provisions of law relating to implementation of the
education, labor and family assistance budget which includes operational language for projects at UAlbany.
2005-06 Budget Amendments
A.9008 Budget Bill
Amends chapters 50, 53 and 54 of the laws of 2005 relating to
appropriations for the support of government which includes operational language for projects at UAlbany and Stony Brook.
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