2009 Higher Education Legislative Summary

2009 Significant Higher Education Legislative Summary

2009 Legislation Approved by Both the Senate and Assembly Impacting Higher Education.

Chapter Laws 2009  |  Vetoes 2009


Chapter Laws of 2009

Chapter 8
A.300 Millman
S.1747 Stavisky
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

Chapter 13
A.2714 Glick
S.2296 Sravisky
Requires college campuses to provide incoming students with information about domestic violence and stalking prevention.
Effective date – April 7, 2009

Chapter 26
A.3169 Bradley
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

Chapter 63
A.1846 Morelle
S.3088 Valesky
Prohibits state agencies from making loans to employees.
Effective date – September 7, 2009

Chapter 232
A.8327 Bing
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

Chapter 240
A.9038 Morelle
S.6030 Breslin
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

Chapter 306
A.5049 Destito
S.4809 Breslin
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

Chapter 360
A.4091 Millman
S.1591 Thompson
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

Chapter 367
A.6093-A Schroeder
S.2791-A Stachowski
Establishes Amanda's law requiring all residences to have installed an operable carbon monoxide detector.
Effective Date – February 22, 2010

Chapter 397
A.8228 Abbate
S.5632 Savino
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

Chapter 410
A.9019 Cahill
S.6046 Aubertine
Authorizes the aggregate purchases of energy for state agencies, institutions, local governments, public authorities and public benefit corporations.
Effective Date – August 26, 2009

Chapter 422
A.1752-A Gottfried
S.3527 Duane
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

Chapter 429
A.4092 Millman
S.1787 Stewart-Cousins
Requires agencies to post to post minority and women-owned business utilization plans on agency websites.
Effective Date – September 16, 2009

Chapter 436
A.6718-B Pheffer
S.4135-A Oppenheimer
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

Chapter 504
A.40026 Silver
S.66026 Rules
Establishes a Tier V plan for members of the New York State 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 – December 19, 2009

Chapter 506
A.40012 Brodsky
S.66012 Perkins
Creates an independent authorities budget office to provide oversight of the 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

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Vetoes of 2009

Veto 3
A.2046-A John
S.3453 Oppenheimer
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.

Veto 9
A.7458 Gianaris
S.818 Kruger
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.

Veto 24
A.8864 Canestrari
S.6074 Stavisky
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.

Veto 46
A.251-A Magnarelli
S.2289-A Stachowski
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.

Veto 47
A.2849 Schimminger
S.4435 Stachowski
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.

Veto 59
A.250 Magnarelli
S.1608 Valesky
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.

Veto 61
A.781-B Paulin
S.5396 Huntley
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.

Veto 63
A.3193 Weprin
S.5639 Stewart-Cousins
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.

Veto 76
A.8555-A Espaillat
S.3285-A Adams
Would have enacted the New York State Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise Opportunity Act.

Veto 80
A.7229 Schimminger
S.5419 Stachowski
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.

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