Advocacy Continues on Mandated Paid Leave on Election Day
April 17, 2019
A provision in the recently enacted state budget requires that all employers, including school districts, provide up to three hours of paid leave to employees to vote in non-district elections. This unwelcome change has provoked many questions and concerns from district leaders, who will need to implement this for the first time in conjunction with the June consolidated primary (unless there is a special election called before then).
NYSSBA Governmental Relations is continuing to pursue legislative and regulatory actions that might provide better understanding of what this means, as well as to roll back some of the worst implications of this change.
It is important to note that this was an Executive priority proposal. While every effort is being made to reverse this requirement, it would be disingenuous to suggest that changes requiring Executive approval are likely, at least in the short term.
However, as we explore all options, NYSSBA Governmental Relations Staff wants to share what we do (and don't) know at this point, and encourage districts to share questions and concerns as they arise so we can integrate them into our advocacy.
Advocacy Day - District Choice on Schools as Polling Places
NYSSBA members have continued to raise concerns about the use of school district buildings as polling places and wish to have the right to decline that designation. Legislation has been introduced that would allow districts to decline use of their buildings for voting in state, federal and local elections. This bill (A.4743, Galef) would also allow districts to move school district elections to a building other than a school building.
NYSSBA is planning an advocacy day on Tuesday, April 30th to promote this important legislation. If your district would be interested in participating in this event, please contact Belinda Heckler at 518-783-3742 or Belinda.firstname.lastname@example.org.