|SAME AS||SAME AS S00692|
|MLTSPNSR||Abbate, 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.|
|03/07/2019||referred to higher education|
|01/08/2020||referred to higher education|
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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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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. LBD00092-01-9A. 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.