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A07013 Summary:

BILL NOA07013
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORPeoples-Stokes
 
COSPNSRCook, Rivera
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add Art 5 Part 1-B 244-a - 244-c, Ed L
 
Establishes the university at Buffalo institute for African American studies; appropriates $100,000 therefor.
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A07013 Actions:

BILL NOA07013
 
04/03/2019referred to higher education
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A07013 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A7013
 
SPONSOR: Peoples-Stokes
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to establishing the university at Buffalo institute for African American studies; and making an appropriation therefor   PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to establish an African American Research Institute at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The African American Research Institute will engage students in intellectual collab- orations, address contemporary issues which confront peoples of African American descent, and sponsor lectures, conferences, workshops and publications related to African American issues.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: To amend Section 1. Article 5 of the education law by adding a new part 1-B. Part 1-B creates Section 244-a, which defines the University at Buffalo Research Institute for African American Studies. Section 244-b defines the purpose of the Research Institute for African American Studies. Section 244-c defines funding and reporting for Research Institute for African American Studies. Section 244-c establishes that the University at Buffalo's Research Institute for African American Studies shall annually submit a complete and detailed report to the Chancellor of the State University, the pres- ident of the State University at Buffalo, director of the budget, the chairs of the Senate and Assembly Higher Education committees, the chair of the Senate Finance committee and the chair of the Assembly Ways and Means committee.   JUSTIFICATION: An Institute for African American Studies will employ a variety of inno- vative methodologies, transforming the social sciences and legitimizing race as a salient and important theme, worthy of further exploration. The creation of an Institute for African American Studies can draw upon a body of literature and the tradition of the field to create a forum that will facilitate the ability of scholars from various departments to engage in interdisciplinary transnational scholarship and intellectual collaborations. The Institute will bring together scholars, students and practitioners, who conduct research in the U.S., Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin American and Africa. Among major reputable research insti- tutions in the US, none lack a research center in African American Studies; furthermore, there is no such institute at any of the SUNY research centers. Since the University at Buffalo is a major research center in the SUNY system situated in a region that is saturated in palpable African American History (i.e.Niagara Movement, Underground Railroad, Colored Musicians Club, etc.), the University at Buffalo is poised to undertake and propel such an institute.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A9423 of 2007/2008; A2225 of 2009/2010; A1003 of 2011/2012; A3839 of 2013/2014; A2563 of 2015/2016; A2130 of 2017/2018   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: The sum of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, to be appropriated to the University at Buffalo for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this act.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A07013 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          7013
 
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      April 3, 2019
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. PEOPLES-STOKES, COOK, RIVERA -- read once and
          referred to the Committee on Higher Education
 
        AN ACT to amend the education  law,  in  relation  to  establishing  the
          university  at  Buffalo  institute  for  African American studies; and
          making an appropriation therefor

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  Article 5 of the education law is amended by adding a new
     2  part 1-B to read as follows:
     3                                  PART 1-B
     4                 THE INSTITUTE FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
     5  Section 244-a. The university at Buffalo institute for African  American
     6                   studies.
     7          244-b. Purposes of the institute for African American studies.
     8          244-c. Funding and reporting.
     9    §  244-a.  The  university  at  Buffalo institute for African American
    10  studies. The  university  at  Buffalo  institute  for  African  American
    11  studies  is  hereby  established  under  the  jurisdiction  of the state
    12  university of New York. The institute for African American studies shall
    13  be administered as a program of the state university in accordance  with
    14  the policies of the trustees of the state university.
    15    §  244-b.  Purposes of the institute for African American studies. The
    16  purposes of the institute for African American studies shall be to:
    17    1. Provide an educational setting for students, scholars  and  practi-
    18  tioners  to  engage  in  interdisciplinary  scholarship and intellectual
    19  collaborations focusing on peoples of American and African descent,  and
    20  their relations to each other.
    21    2.  Address  contemporary issues that confront peoples of American and
    22  African descent.
    23    3. Conduct interdisciplinary and regional studies  to  address  public
    24  policy, create models and provide outreach into the community.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD10836-01-9

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     1    4.  Sponsor  lectures, conferences, workshops and publications related
     2  to African American issues.
     3    §  244-c. Funding and reporting. Funds shall be made available for the
     4  support of the institute for African American  studies  in  the  amounts
     5  appropriated  for  this purpose. The university at Buffalo institute for
     6  African American studies shall annually submit a complete  and  detailed
     7  report  setting forth its operations and accomplishments to the chancel-
     8  lor of the state university, the president of the  state  university  at
     9  Buffalo, the  director of the budget, and the chairs of the senate high-
    10  er education committee, the senate finance committee, the assembly high-
    11  er education committee and the assembly ways and  means committee.
    12    §  2.  The  sum of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), or so much
    13  thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the university at
    14  Buffalo institute for African American studies out of any moneys in  the
    15  state  treasury  in the general fund to the credit of the state purposes
    16  account, not otherwise appropriated. Such moneys shall be payable on the
    17  audit and warrant of the comptroller on vouchers certified  or  approved
    18  by the president of the state university at Buffalo.
    19    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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