2014 Higher Education Legislative Summary

2014 Significant Higher Education Legislative Summary

Significant Higher Education Legislation Approved by Both the Senate & Assembly during the 2014 Session

Chapter Laws | Vetoes


Chapter Laws of 2014

Chapter 8 - Behavior Analysts Licensure
A.8518 Morelle
S.6395 Hannon
Amends Chapter 554 of the Laws of 2013 relating to the licensure of behavior analysts and the certification of behavior analyst assistants clarifying certain services can be provided without a license or certification.

Chapter 15 – Counseling Continuing Education
A.8228-B DenDeckker
S.6300 LaValle
Amends Chapter 486 of the Laws of 2013 relating to mandatory continuing education for licensed mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychoanalysts and creative arts therapists.

Chapter 22 – Veterans Business Opportunities
A.9135 Ortiz
S.6865 Ball
Establishes a program to increase participation of "Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprises" in state contracting as a significant step in expanding economic opportunity for veterans.

Chapter 23 - Non-Profit Revitalization Act
A.9117 Brennan
S.6249 Ranzenhofer
Makes technical amendments to Chapter 549 of the Laws of 2013 - The Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 - which made significant changes to the way not-for-profit corporations do business in the State of New York.

Chapter 47 - Physical Therapy Assistants Licensure
A.8659 Glick
S.6666 LaValle
Extends Chapter 534 of the Laws of 1993, due to expire June 30th, for an additional four years, which authorizes physical therapy assistants to provide services in home care settings.

Chapter 50 – State Operations Budget
A.8550-E Budget
S.6350-E Budget
Enacts the state operations budget which includes state support for SUNY’s state-operated campuses including a TAP increase.

Chapter 53 – Aid to Localities Budget
A.8553-E Budget
S.6353-E Budget
Enacts the aid to localities budget which includes state support for community colleges.

Chapter 54 – Capital Projects Budget
A.8554-E Budget
S.6354-E Budget
Enacts the capital projects budget which includes the SUNY Construction Fund.

Chapter 56 – Education Budget Article VII
A.8556-D Budget
S.6356-D Budget
Enacts major components of legislation which are necessary to implement the education, labor and family assistance budget including STEM scholarships, community college chargeback review and the development of a report on SUNY and economic development.

Chapter 61 - Land Surveyor Licensure
A.9103 Glick
S.6834 LaValle
Extends the expiration of the continuing education requirement for land surveyors from June 30, 2014 to June 30, 2024.

Chapter 69 - Police Tuition Waivers
A.8272 Lentol
S.6144 Golden
Continues for 2 years, a tuition waiver for one course for police officer students in baccalaureate or higher degree programs at the City University of New York.

Chapter 97 - Intern Protections
A.8201-A O’Donnell
S.5951-A Krueger
Provides unpaid interns the same civil rights protections as paid interns.

Chapter 124 - Self-Insured Student Health Plans
A.9604 Morelle
S.7317 Seward
Makes technical amendments to chapter 246 of the laws of 2012 to clarify the requirements of a university that establishes a self-insured student health plan in that funds to pay these claims shall be accounted for separately rather than be held in separate accounts.

Chapter 153 - Clarkson Boathouse
A.8941 Russell
S.6720 Griffo
Authorizes the Village of Norwood to enter into a lease agreement with Clarkson University for municipally owned waterfront parkland in order to construct a boathouse.

Chapter 154 - Stony Brook Lease Extension
A.9187-A Englebright
S.6854-A Flanagan
Relates to the extension of the SUNY Stony Brook's lease for the enhancement and expansion of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, which opened in 2010.

Chapter 172 - Dental Licenses
A.8660-A Click
S.7183-A Golden
Grants licensure to foreign trained dentists who are employed as a full-time faculty member at a NYS dental school.

Chapter 183 - GSEU Pay Bill
A.10116 Abbate
S.7857 LaValle
Implements the terms of a collectively negotiated agreement between the State of New York and the CWA Local 1104/Graduate Students Employees Union, the employee organization representing members of the State University Graduate Student Negotiating Unit.

Chapter 200 - CIA Alcohol Manufacturing
A.9846 Barrett
S.7612 Gipson
Would allow the Culinary Institute of America a license to manufacture and sell alcoholic beverages directly on its campus.

Chapter 202 - Sprinkler Notification
A.7641-A DenDekker
S.5212-A Flanagan
Requires all residential leases entered into on or after January 1, 2014 to include conspicuous notice as to the existence or non-existence of a sprinkler system in the leased premises.

Chapter 255 - Missing Persons Reporting
A.6710-A Mayer
S.1100-A Maziarz
Authorizes the chief of every police department, every county sheriff, and the Superintendent of State Police to submit, at least semiannually, reports to the Division of Criminal justice Services with respect to specified cases of missing vulnerable adults that are closed.

Chapter 268 - Veterinary Dental Care
A.8867-A Magee
S.2742-B Young
Prohibits untrained persons from performing dental surgery on animals and to bring the NY Veterinary Practice Act into compliance with neighboring states and those states with racing and equine populations by including animal dentistry within the scope of practice of veterinary medicine.

Chapter 276 - Cancer Testing
A.9517-A Gottfried
S.7199-A Hannon
Permits individuals employed at National Cancer Institute designated cancer centers who meet the requirements for a restricted license to receive a certification allowing them to perform tests using proteomics, including mass spectrometry.

Chapter 318 - Palliative Care
A.9966 Gottfried
S.7601-B Hanno
Requires the state Palliative Care Education and Training Council to examine and make recommendations towards providing palliative care education and training in state certified schools of nursing and social work, for use in health care facilities and home care agencies.

Chapter 328 - Veterans In-State Tuition
A.9216-A Benedetto
S.6887-A Ranzenhofer
Provides for in-state tuition at SUNY and CUNY for veterans who are relocating to New York State.

Chapter 361 - Bundy Aid Exemption
A.6618 Fahy
S.1146 Breslin
Provides that a former two-year institution may elect to continue to receive associate level degree BUNDY Aid awards if it foregoes receiving any awards for degrees conferred at the bachelor's level.

Chapter 440 - Research Confidentiality
A.8109-B Englebright
A.5731-B Flanagan
Increases privacy protections related to the personally identifiable and other similar information of certain researchers and to establish penalties for the interference with research.

Chapter 475 - Geologist Licensure
A.4753-D Englebright
S.3810-D Marcellino
Establishes the practice of geology as a licensed profession and establishes standards of education and experience as a prerequisite to licensure.

Chapter 486 - Crime Notification
A.2089-B Braunstein
S.2753-B Marchione
Relates to the investigation of crimes and crime reporting on college and university campuses.

Chapter 512 - Lighting Standards
A.7489-B Rosenthal
S.5275-B Marcellino
Creates new standards for the use of luminous outdoor lighting in fixtures installed or maintained by New York State in order to limit the brightness of lights installed or maintained by the state.

Chapter 513 - Blended Learning
A.8845-A Nolan
S.5509-C Young
Directs the commissioner of education to establish an online learning committee to make recommendations for establishment of a statewide online and blended learning program in partnership with higher education.

Chapter 524 - Industrial Hemp
A.9140 Lupardo
S.7047 O’Mara
Authorizes the growing of industrial hemp as part of an agricultural pilot program conducted by the Department of Agriculture and/or an institution f higher education pursuant to authorization under federal law.

Chapter 541 - Carbon Monoxide Detectors
A.8963-A Englebright
S.6657-C Marcellino
Requires the state uniform fire prevention and building code to include standards for the installation of carbon monoxide detecting devices in restaurants and other commercial buildings.

Chapter 550 - Telemedicine Availability
A.9129-A Russell
S.7852 Young
Requires individual accident and health insurance, group or blanket accident and health insurance, and medical expense indemnity corporations or hospital service corporations that provide hospital, medical or surgical care to also provide coverage for telehealth and telemedicine services, provided that the telemedicine services meet Federal Medicare program requirements.


Vetoes of 2014

Veto 415 - Information Collection Report
A.486-B Magnarelli
S.2838-B Parker
Requires the director of the office for technology, in conjunction with the director of budget, the director of state operations, and the secretary of state, and in consultation with the state comptroller study and issue a comprehensive report on methods to modernize the information collection, retention, and dissemination practices of state agencies.

Veto 518 - Prompt Payment
A.8964 Englebright
S.6482 DeFrancisco
Requires state agencies to pay any prompt contracting interest due within thirty days of the date the payment or payments required under a contract approved late are made to a not-for-profit organization.

Veto 539 - Police Retirement
A.7862-A Abbate
S.5644-A Robach
Allows State University police officers to transfer to the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System to participate in a special plan with a twenty-five year half pay retirement benefit and grants SUNY police officers parity with other police officers by allowing them to laterally transfer to other police forces or departments.

Veto 550 - Management Confidential Commission
A.9344 Farrell
S.7072 DeFrancisco
Establishes a special commission on compensation for state employees designated managerial or confidential.  

Veto 584 - Summer Baseball
A.8898-A Magee
S.6646-A. Seward
Exempts collegiate summer baseball leagues from workers' compensation requirements, except those deemed to be employees pursuant to the National Labor Relations Act.


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