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A06380 Summary:

BILL NOA06380
 
SAME ASSAME AS S00692
 
SPONSORMagnarelli (MS)
 
COSPNSROrtiz, Schimminger
 
MLTSPNSRAbbate, Aubry, Colton, Cook, Cymbrowitz, Dinowitz, Gantt
 
Amd 355 & 6206, Ed L
 
Permits persons 65 years of age to enroll in a limited number of state university and city university courses for credit without tuition.
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A06380 Actions:

BILL NOA06380
 
03/07/2019referred to higher education
01/08/2020referred to higher education
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A06380 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A6380
 
SPONSOR: Magnarelli (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to authorizing persons over age sixty-five to enroll in a limited number of SUNY or CUNY credit hours without tuition   PURPOSE: This bill will permit the trustees of the State University and the City University to allow senior citizens to take courses for credit, on a space-available basis, without charge, at State-operated campuses.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends § 355 of the Education Law to add for-credit courses (to a maxi- mum of nine credit hours per semester) to the existing provisions which authorize senior citizens to audit courses, on a space available basis, at no charge.   JUSTIFICATION: In 1974, New York State took a giant step forward by adopting Chapter 1002 of the Laws of 1974 permitting senior citizens to audit courses at the State University without tuition, examination or credit, on a space available basis. On approving that legislation, the Governor noted that, "Education can be a major factor in helping older people maintain their mental alertness, (and) continue active participation in the affairs of their communities. In many instances, however, financial and formal educational barriers have rendered such education opportunity inaccessi- ble." Although the 1974 law began an important step forward, senior citizens have so far been denied the opportunity to further their education on a for-credit basis. This bill would extend to persons age 60 and over the ability to attend courses at no charge at the State University, on a space-available basis, while receiving credit for their course work. This is a logical continuation of our efforts to integrate our elderly collegians fully into the mainstream of academic life. It is now time to make our students age 60 and over first-class citizens of the Universi- ty, entitled not only to the privileges of an auditor, but also to the opportunities of full participation in their course work.   HISTORY OF BILL: A.1672-A/S.1110-A of 2017-2018, A.1587-A/S.3785-A of 2015-2016, A.2323/S.2854 of 2013-2014, A.4360/S.3485 of 2011-2012, S.1388/A.3951 of 2009-2010, S.2510/A.4820 of 2007-08, S.2481/A.5079 of 2005-06, S.1532/A.3267 of 2003-04, S.2841/A.5383 of 2001-02, S.1836/A.3165 of 1999-2000, S.2338/A.3768 of 1997-98, S.1631/A.11268 of 1995-96, S.2191/A.3788 of 1993-94, S.2751/A.4204 of 1991-1992 and S.2052/A.3101 of 1989-1990.   FISCAL IMPACT: There is no direct fiscal impact, since all attendance would be on a space-available basis.   EFFECTIVE DATE: April 1st next.
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A06380 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          6380
 
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      March 7, 2019
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. MAGNARELLI, ORTIZ, SCHIMMINGER -- Multi-Sponsored
          by  --  M.  of  A.  ABBATE, AUBRY, COLTON, COOK, CYMBROWITZ, DINOWITZ,
          GANTT -- read once and referred to the Committee on Higher Education
 
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation  to  authorizing  persons
          over  age  sixty-five  to  enroll  in a limited number of SUNY or CUNY
          credit hours without tuition
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  Subparagraph 1 of paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section
     2  355 of the education law, as separately amended by chapters 552 and  616
     3  of the laws of 1985, is amended to read as follows:
     4    (1)  Notwithstanding  the  provisions of any other general, special or
     5  local law, rule or regulation, such regulations may permit persons sixty
     6  years of age or over to audit courses  given  therein  without  tuition,
     7  examination, grading or credit therefor upon a space available basis, as
     8  determined by the president of each such institution, provided that such
     9  audit  attendance  does  not  deny course attendance at a state-operated
    10  institution by an individual who is otherwise qualified under the  regu-
    11  lations  promulgated  pursuant  to  this  section.  For purposes of this
    12  section, persons sixty-five years of age or over who  are  residents  of
    13  the  state  shall be eligible to take not more than nine credit hours of
    14  courses for credit per semester without tuition.
    15    § 2. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 7 of section 6206 of  the  education
    16  law,  as added by chapter 344 of the laws of 1995, is amended to read as
    17  follows:
    18    (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of any other  general,  special  or
    19  local  law, rule or regulation, the board of trustees may permit persons
    20  sixty years of age or  over  to  audit  courses  given  therein  without
    21  tuition,  examination, grading or credit therefor upon a space available
    22  basis, as determined by the president of each such institution, provided
    23  that such audit attendance does not deny course attendance at  the  city
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD00092-01-9

        A. 6380                             2
 
     1  university of New York by an individual who is otherwise qualified under
     2  this section.  For purposes of this section, persons sixty-five years of
     3  age or over who are residents of the state shall be eligible to take not
     4  more  than  nine credit hours of courses for credit per semester without
     5  tuition.
     6    § 3. This act shall take effect on the first of April next  succeeding
     7  the date on which it shall have become a law.
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