State Update: With Three Weeks Remaining NYSASBO Advances Legislative Priorities
Several of ASBO’s 2018 Legislative Priorities are moving in the Legislature with only 3 weeks remaining in the Legislative Session.
Chief Financial Officer Defined (S.4250 Seward / A.359 Paulin) – This legislation would define the chief financial officer of a school district to be the school business official. This bill is on the Assembly Education Committee agenda for today.
Internal Audit Function (S.3962 Seward / A.6566 Brindisi) –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. This bill is on Senate Floor Calendar and eligible to be voted on.
Shared Transportation Incentive (S.2404 Marcellino / A.7079 Thiele) – 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 reducing the state aid deduction for revenues received for this type of shared service. This bill was reported out of Senate Finance Committee on June 5th to the Rules Committee.
PILOT Assessments (S.4156 Marcellino / A.7211 Paulin) – This legislation relates to businesses that make payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs), establishing that any reduction in school taxes shall not take effect until the following tax year. On Senate and Assembly Floor Calendars and eligible to be voted on by both houses.
Building Aid Exception for Small Projects (S.3970 Seward / A.3231 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. This bill is on Assembly Education Committee Agenda for today and is on Senate Floor Calendar and eligible to be voted on.
The political situation has become somewhat complicated in the Senate which is currently evenly split between 31 Republicans and 31 Democrats, with one Senate Republican away on military service. This makes passing bills in the Senate more problematic as each party jockeys to reach the 32 votes necessary to pass a bill.