2016 Legislative Priorities

Current-Year Aid for New High Cost Students with Disabilities (S.5325 YoungA.7175 Nolan) – This legislation would require the state to pay school districts state aid in the current year for new high-cost students with disabilities.

Duplicative Fingerprinting of School Bus Drivers (S.6502 Marcellino/A.8463 Thiele) – This legislation would allow DMV to share fingerprints and background checks of prospective bus drivers with SED to avoid duplicative efforts upon request from a perspective employee. Status: Passed Senate 5/17/16.

TRS Reserve Fund (S.6792 Marcellino/A.6931 Nolan) – This legislation would allow school districts and BOCES to create a reserve fund for TRS pension costs.

Food Service Contracts (A.8104 Paulin) – This legislation would allow food service contracts to be awarded based on best value instead of lowest cost.

Chief Financial Officer Defined (S. 6953 Farley/A.9427 Paulin) – This legislation would define the chief financial officer of a school district to be the school business official.

Shared Transportation Incentive (S.7376 Marcellino/A.7966 Nolan) – This legislation would provide an incentive for school districts to share and reduce costs for transportation of students attending educational program out of the district by removing the state aid deduction for revenues received for this type of shared service. Status: Reported out of Senate Education Committee to Senate Finance 5/10/16.

Collection of School Taxes (S.4737 Carlucci/A.6823 Jaffee) – This legislation removes requirement that school districts have to seek permission from their local town receiver of taxes to collect their own taxes. Status: Passed Assembly 5/18/16, referred to Senate Local Government.

PILOT Assessments (S.425 Marcellino/A.9546 Buchwald) – This legislation requires businesses that make payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) to provide local governments and school districts with notice of their intention to change assessment. Status: Passed Senate 3/9/16, referred to Assembly Real Property Taxation.

BOCES Workers Compensation Reserve Funds (S.3017 Young/A.4769 Nolan) – This legislation authorizes BOCES to establish workers' compensation reserve funds. Status: Passed Senate 6/1/16, referred to Assembly Local Governments.

Building Aid Exception for Small Projects  (S.7156 Seward/A.10573 Thiele) -This bill would increase the threshold from $100,000 to $250,000 for school construction projects that are aided in full each year, and not required to be aided using the state's assumed amortization schedules. Schools are allowed one such project each year.

Internal Audit Function (S.7155 Seward) –This bill would allow school districts to conduct a risk assessment of district operations every other year, instead of annually, while maintaining in depth reviews of specific areas annually. Status: Passed Senate 6/7/16, referred to Assembly Education.

 

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