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Advocacy Update: NYSSBA Supported Legislation Signed Into Law

November 12, 2019

The past couple weeks have seen multiple pieces of NYSSBA supported legislation signed into law by the Governor.

In late October, S.3972 (Harckham)/A.218 (Paulin) became Chapter 421 of the Laws of 2019. This new law ensures that any changes in PILOT payments made to school districts due to successful challenges to assessments would not take effect until the following school year. This will allow school districts to better plan for expected reductions in PILOT revenue.

Late last week, the Governor also signed into law S.4009 (Mayer)/A.6540 (Otis). This will allow small city school districts to start their elections at 6am, making the time uniform with other fiscally independent school districts. NYSSBA continues to pursue legislative changes to remove inconsistencies in state law with regard to small city school district operations.

Finally, the Governor approved building aid forgiveness bills for three school districts - Mt. Morris, Roscoe and Spackenkill. These actions collectively prevent millions of dollars' worth of building aid penalties for these districts. Unfortunately, we were disappointed that six other building aid forgiveness bills were vetoed, as well as three transportation aid forgiveness bills. We will continue to work with districts on this important issue headed into 2020.

State Senate Hearing on Vaping

The state Senate committees on Consumer Protection, Health and Education held a hearing in New York City recently, listening to testimony on the safety and potential harms of electronic cigarettes and vaping. Following the direction provided by the two resolutions on vaping that were approved by delegates at our annual business meeting last month, NYSSBA submitted testimony as part of the hearing. The written testimony can be view below.

NYSSB's Governemental Relations team will continue to report on these and other issues.  For more information, visit our Key Issues Page

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