A07488 Summary:

BILL NO    A07488C

SAME AS    SAME AS S04914-C

SPONSOR    Benedetto

COSPNSR    

MLTSPNSR   

Add SS669-e & 6505-d, amd S6505-c, Ed L; add Art 2-A S20-a & 20-b, Gen Bus L;
amd SS304-a & 398-d, V & T L; amd S3002, Pub Health L; amd S236-a, County L;
amd S45, Gen City L

Requires colleges, vocational institutions and other approved programs to
provide credits or exemptions for comparable military training; provides for
expedited application for admission to the practice of a profession by a
veteran or a veteran's spouse; relates to motor vehicle inspection
certification and mechanic qualifications, certification of responder or
emergency medical technicians, licensure of master electricians and plumber
certification.
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A07488 Actions:

BILL NO    A07488C

05/22/2013 referred to higher education
05/29/2013 amend (t) and recommit to higher education
05/29/2013 print number 7488a
06/17/2013 amend (t) and recommit to higher education
06/17/2013 print number 7488b
01/08/2014 referred to higher education
02/10/2014 amend (t) and recommit to higher education
02/10/2014 print number 7488c
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A07488 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A07488 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A7488C

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the education law, in relation to
course credit for veterans, articulation between military and civilian
professional careers and application for admission to practice of a
profession by a veteran or a veteran's spouse; to amend the general
business law, in relation to licensing, certification and registration
for veterans and veteran's spouses; to amend  the vehicle and traffic
law, in relation to providing motor vehicle inspector certification
and mechanic qualifications; to amend the public health law, in
relation to certification of responder or emergency medical
technicians; to amend the county law, in relation to licensure of
master electricians; and to amend the general city law, in relation to
plumber certification

PURPOSE: To require colleges, vocational institutions and other
approved programs to provide credits or exemptions for comparable
military training, and to provide for articulations by the
commissioner of education, the director of veterans affairs and the
secretary of state to allow former military personal and their spouses
to be admitted to practice professions and receive equivalent
licensing, certification and registrations.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of this bill would add a new section 669-e to the education
law to provide that every veteran who is enrolled on a full-time basis
as an undergraduate student in good standing, at an institution within
the state university system, shall upon application and approval of
the chancellor, or his or her designee, be granted up to six academic
credits per semester towards his or her degree for completion of
courses that were part of such veteran's military training or service.
In determining the approval of such veteran's application, the
chancellor, or his or her designee, shall consider the standards of
the American council on education. No lee, tuition or other charge
shall be assessed against a veteran who qualifies for such credit
pursuant to this section.

Section 2 of this bill would amend section 6505-c of the education law
to expand the currently required Articulation between military and
civilian professional careers to include programs which may provide,
where applicable, equivalent education and training for those
professions which would promote the economic development, job creation
or technological advancement of business in the state of New York, and
to further provide that in their determination of which military
programs provide equivalent education and training, the commissioner
and the director shall consider the standards of the American council
on education.

Section 3 of this would add a new section 6505-d to the education law,
to expand the articulation performed for veterans under section 6505-c
to practice of a profession by spouse of a veteran.

Section 4 of this bill would add a new Article 2-A to the general
business law to provide the same articulation performed for veterans
and veterans spouses under section 6505-c and 6505-d of the education
law, to be performed by the secretary of state with respect to


licensing, certification and registration under the general business
law.

Section 5 would amend section 304-a of the vehicle and traffic law, to
provide that the commissioner of motor vehicles may, by regulation,
establish standards of competency and fitness for certification as an
inspector; provided, however, that any person who was a member of the
armed forces of the United States, national and or reserves and who by
military training and practice acquired the skills of a motor vehicle
inspector shall be certified by the commissioner as an inspector.

Section 6 would amend section 398-d of the vehicle and traffic law, to
provide that every person who was a member of the armed forces of the
United States, national guard or reserves and who by military training
and practice acquires the skills of a motor vehicle mechanic shall be
deemed to be qualified to perform work upon motor vehicles at motor
vehicle repair shops.

Section 7 would amend section 3002 of the public health law, to
provide that any person who was a member of the armed forces of the
United States, national guard or reserves and who by military training
and practice was a medic or corpsman shall be certified, without
examination, by the state council and regional councils as a first
responder or emergency medical technician.

Section 8 would amend section 236-a of the county law, to provide that
the counties of Dutchess and Westchester shall provide for the
licensing, without examination, as a master electrician of any person
who was a member of the armed forces of the United States, national
guard or reserves and who by military training and practice acquired
the skills of an electrician.

Section 9 would amend the general city law, to provide that any person
who was a member of the armed forces of the United States, national
guard or reserves and who by military training and practice acquired
the skills of a plumber shall be certified as competent without
examination.

JUSTIFICATION: Recently discharged military service members are
frequently delayed in obtaining post-Service employment, even though
they have applicable military education, training and experience which
can qualify them for licenses and/or provide academic credit toward
degree requirements.

The Department of Defense of Military Services provide each Service
member a transcript of their experience and training; however, these
transcripts are not always adequate for civilian institutions to
assess for possible academic credit and by licensing boards to assess
for license requirements. This bill would allow Service members to
obtain credit toward occupational licenses based on their military
education, training and experience.

Additionally, when it comes to military spouses, many occupations
require a state license, often with state-specific conditions and
processes, which can cause lengthy re-employment delays for military
spouses moving between states. These delays and the expense of


re-licensure can cause many military spouses to not practice in their
professions.

Through collaborative efforts with 27 states, the Department of
Defense has collected best practices that can reduce the time required
for a military spouse to transfer a current license when entering a
new state. These practices do not impact the standards of the state,
still require military spouses to fully qualify within their
occupations, and can be implemented at little or no cost to the state.
This legislation allows New York State to modify licensing
requirements and processes, which would otherwise impede qualified
military spouses from becoming employed following a military move to a
new state.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None noted.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act would take effect on the first of January
next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
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A07488 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                        7488--C

                              2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                     May 22, 2013
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  BENEDETTO  --  read once and referred to the
         Committee on Higher Education -- committee discharged,  bill  amended,
         ordered  reprinted  as  amended  and  recommitted to said committee --
         again reported from said committee with amendments, ordered  reprinted
         as  amended  and  recommitted  to said committee -- recommitted to the
         Committee on Higher Education in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec.
         2 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended
         and recommitted to said committee

       AN  ACT  to  amend  the  education law, in relation to course credit for
         veterans, articulation  between  military  and  civilian  professional
         careers and application for admission to practice of a profession by a
         veteran  or  a veteran's spouse; to amend the general business law, in
         relation to licensing, certification and registration for veterans and
         veteran's spouses; to amend  the vehicle and traffic law, in  relation
         to providing motor vehicle inspector certification and mechanic quali-
         fications;  to  amend  the  public  health law, in relation to certif-
         ication of responder or emergency medical technicians;  to  amend  the
         county  law,  in  relation to licensure of master electricians; and to
         amend the general city law, in relation to plumber certification

         THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section  1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 669-e
    2  to read as follows:
    3    S 669-E. COURSE CREDIT FOR VETERANS. 1. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS  SECTION,
    4  THE  TERM  "VETERAN"  MEANS  A  PERSON, MALE OR FEMALE, RESIDENT OF THIS
    5  STATE, WHO HAS SERVED IN THE ACTIVE MILITARY OR  NAVAL  SERVICE  OF  THE
    6  UNITED  STATES  DURING  A WAR IN WHICH THE UNITED STATES WAS ENGAGED AND
    7  WHO HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM SUCH SERVICE BY ANY MEANS OF AN HONORABLE  OR
    8  GENERAL DISCHARGE, OR WHO HAS BEEN FURLOUGHED TO THE RESERVE.
    9    2. EVERY VETERAN WHO IS ENROLLED ON A FULL-TIME BASIS AS AN UNDERGRAD-
   10  UATE  STUDENT  IN  GOOD  STANDING,  AT  AN  INSTITUTION WITHIN THE STATE

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD10497-07-4
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    1  UNIVERSITY SYSTEM, SHALL UPON APPLICATION AND APPROVAL OF  THE  CHANCEL-
    2  LOR,  OR  HIS OR HER DESIGNEE, BE GRANTED UP TO SIX ACADEMIC CREDITS PER
    3  SEMESTER TOWARDS HIS OR HER DEGREE FOR COMPLETION OF COURSES  THAT  WERE
    4  PART OF SUCH VETERAN'S MILITARY TRAINING OR SERVICE.  IN DETERMINING THE
    5  APPROVAL  OF  SUCH  VETERAN'S APPLICATION, THE CHANCELLOR, OR HIS OR HER
    6  DESIGNEE, SHALL CONSIDER THE STANDARDS OF THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCA-
    7  TION. NO FEE, TUITION OR OTHER CHARGE SHALL BE ASSESSED AGAINST A VETER-
    8  AN WHO QUALIFIES FOR SUCH CREDIT PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.
    9    3. THE CHANCELLOR OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK  MAY  PROMULGATE
   10  RULES AND REGULATIONS AS ARE NECESSARY TO FULLY IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS
   11  OF THIS  SECTION.
   12    S  2.  Section 6505-c of the education law, as added by chapter 106 of
   13  the laws of 2003, is amended to read as follows:
   14    S 6505-c. Articulation  between  military  and  civilian  professional
   15  careers. 1. The commissioner shall develop, jointly with the director of
   16  the  division of veterans' affairs, a program to facilitate articulation
   17  between participation in the military service of the  United  States  or
   18  the military service of the state and admission to practice of a profes-
   19  sion. The commissioner and the director shall identify, review and eval-
   20  uate  professional training programs offered through either the military
   21  service of the United States or the military service of the state  which
   22  may,  where  applicable,  be  accepted  by  the department as equivalent
   23  education and training in lieu of all or part of  an  approved  program.
   24  Particular  emphasis  shall  be placed on the identification of military
   25  programs which have previously been deemed acceptable by the  department
   26  as  equivalent education and training, programs which may provide, where
   27  applicable, equivalent education  and  training  for  those  professions
   28  which  are  critical  to public health and safety and programs which may
   29  provide, where applicable, equivalent education and training  for  those
   30  professions  for  which  shortages  exist  in the state of New York, AND
   31  PROGRAMS WHICH MAY PROVIDE, WHERE APPLICABLE, EQUIVALENT  EDUCATION  AND
   32  TRAINING FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS WHICH WOULD PROMOTE THE ECONOMIC DEVELOP-
   33  MENT, JOB CREATION OR TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT OF BUSINESS IN THE STATE
   34  OF NEW YORK.
   35    2.  The  commissioner  and  the director shall prepare a list of those
   36  military programs which have previously been deemed  acceptable  by  the
   37  department  as  equivalent education and training in lieu of all or part
   38  of an approved program no later than the thirtieth of August, two  thou-
   39  sand three. On and after such date, such list shall be made available to
   40  the public and applicants for admission to practice of a profession.
   41    3.  The  commissioner  and  the director shall prepare a list of those
   42  military programs which may provide, where applicable, equivalent educa-
   43  tion and training for those professions which  are  critical  to  public
   44  health  and safety, programs which may provide, where applicable, equiv-
   45  alent education and training for those professions for  which  shortages
   46  exist in the state of New York, PROGRAMS WHICH MAY PROVIDE, WHERE APPLI-
   47  CABLE,  EQUIVALENT  EDUCATION  AND  TRAINING FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS WHICH
   48  WOULD PROMOTE THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, JOB  CREATION  OR  TECHNOLOGICAL
   49  ADVANCEMENT  OF BUSINESS IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK and any other military
   50  programs which may, where applicable, be accepted by the  department  as
   51  equivalent  education and training in lieu of all or part of an approved
   52  program no later than the thirty-first of October, two  thousand  three.
   53  On  and after such date, such list shall be made available to the public
   54  and applicants for admission to practice of a profession.
   55    4. Such lists shall be prepared annually no later than  the  thirtieth
   56  of  June  thereafter  with  additions  and deletions made jointly by the
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    1  commissioner and the director and  made  available  to  the  public  and
    2  applicants for admission to practice of a profession on such date.
    3    5.  IN  THEIR DETERMINATION PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION OF WHICH MILITARY
    4  PROGRAMS PROVIDE EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING, SO AS TO BE ACCEPTED
    5  BY THE DEPARTMENT AS EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN LIEU OF ALL OR
    6  PART OF AN APPROVED PROGRAM, THE COMMISSIONER  AND  THE  DIRECTOR  SHALL
    7  CONSIDER THE STANDARDS OF THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION.
    8    S  3.  The  education law is amended by adding a new section 6505-d to
    9  read as follows:
   10    S 6505-D. APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE PRACTICE OF A PROFESSION BY
   11  A VETERAN OR A SPOUSE OF A VETERAN. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL  PROVIDE  FOR
   12  AN  EXPEDITED  APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE PRACTICE OF A PROFESSION
   13  BY A VETERAN OR A SPOUSE OF A VETERAN. SUCH APPLICATION SHALL BE  DETER-
   14  MINED BY THE COMMISSIONER WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF THE FILING OF THE APPLI-
   15  CATION  WITH  THE COMMISSIONER BY THE VETERAN OR SPOUSE OF A VETERAN. IN
   16  MAKING THE DETERMINATION FOR THE VETERAN,  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL,  IN
   17  ADDITION TO THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF THE VETERAN, ALSO CONSIDER THE
   18  EQUIVALENT  EDUCATION  AND  TRAINING  OF THE VETERAN, IN ACCORDANCE WITH
   19  SECTION SIXTY-FIVE HUNDRED FIVE-C OF  THIS  SUBARTICLE.  IN  MAKING  THE
   20  DETERMINATION  FOR THE VETERAN'S SPOUSE, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL CONSIDER
   21  THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF THE VETERAN'S SPOUSE,  TOGETHER  WITH  ANY
   22  EQUIVALENT  EDUCATION, TRAINING, PAST ADMISSION OR PAST PRACTICE OF SUCH
   23  SPOUSE OF SUCH PROFESSION IN ANOTHER  JURISDICTION,  TOGETHER  WITH  THE
   24  STANDARDS  OF  THE  AMERICAN  COUNCIL  ON EDUCATION. IF THE COMMISSIONER
   25  DETERMINES THAT THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF THE VETERAN OR THE  VETER-
   26  AN'S  SPOUSE,  AND/OR  THEIR  PAST ADMISSION OR PAST PRACTICE IN ANOTHER
   27  JURISDICTION, IS ESSENTIALLY EQUIVALENT TO  THE  REQUIREMENTS  NECESSARY
   28  FOR  ADMISSION  TO  PRACTICE  THE PROFESSION IN NEW YORK STATE, THEN THE
   29  COMMISSIONER SHALL GRANT SUCH VETERAN OR VETERAN'S SPOUSE  ADMISSION  TO
   30  PRACTICE THE PROFESSION IN NEW YORK STATE.
   31    S  4.  The general business law is amended by adding a new article 2-A
   32  to read as follows:
   33                                  ARTICLE 2-A
   34      LICENSING, CERTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION FOR VETERANS AND VETERAN
   35                                   SPOUSES
   36  SECTION 20-A. ARTICULATION BETWEEN MILITARY  AND  CIVILIAN  PROFESSIONAL
   37                  CAREERS.
   38          20-B. APPLICATION  FOR  LICENSING, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION
   39                  TO PRACTICE A PROFESSION BY A VETERAN OR A SPOUSE  OF  A
   40                  VETERAN.
   41    S 20-A. ARTICULATION   BETWEEN   MILITARY  AND  CIVILIAN  PROFESSIONAL
   42  CAREERS.  1. THE SECRETARY OF STATE  SHALL  DEVELOP,  JOINTLY  WITH  THE
   43  DIRECTOR  OF  THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS, A PROGRAM TO FACILITATE
   44  ARTICULATION BETWEEN PARTICIPATION IN THE ARMED  FORCES  OF  THE  UNITED
   45  STATES  OR  THE MILITARY SERVICE OF THE STATE AND THE LICENSING, CERTIF-
   46  ICATION  AND  REGISTRATION  FOR  VETERANS  TO  PRACTICE  ANY  PROFESSION
   47  LICENSED,  CERTIFIED  OR REGISTERED PURSUANT TO THIS CHAPTER. THE SECRE-
   48  TARY AND THE DIRECTOR SHALL IDENTIFY, REVIEW AND  EVALUATE  PROFESSIONAL
   49  TRAINING  PROGRAMS OFFERED THROUGH EITHER THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED
   50  STATES OR THE MILITARY SERVICE OF THE STATE WHICH MAY, WHERE APPLICABLE,
   51  BE ACCEPTED BY THE DEPARTMENT AS EQUIVALENT EDUCATION  AND  TRAINING  IN
   52  LIEU OF ALL OR PART OF AN APPROVED PROGRAM. PARTICULAR EMPHASIS SHALL BE
   53  PLACED  ON THE IDENTIFICATION OF MILITARY PROGRAMS WHICH HAVE PREVIOUSLY
   54  BEEN DEEMED ACCEPTABLE BY THE DEPARTMENT  AS  EQUIVALENT  EDUCATION  AND
   55  TRAINING,  PROGRAMS  WHICH  MAY  PROVIDE,  WHERE  APPLICABLE, EQUIVALENT
   56  EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR  THOSE  PROFESSIONS  WHICH  ARE  CRITICAL  TO
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    1  PUBLIC  HEALTH AND SAFETY AND PROGRAMS WHICH MAY PROVIDE, WHERE APPLICA-
    2  BLE, EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS  FOR  WHICH
    3  SHORTAGES  EXIST  IN  THE  STATE  AND  PROGRAMS WHICH MAY PROVIDE, WHERE
    4  APPLICABLE,  EQUIVALENT  EDUCATION  AND  TRAINING  FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS
    5  WHICH WOULD PROMOTE THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION OR TECHNOLOG-
    6  ICAL ADVANCEMENT OF BUSINESS IN THE STATE.
    7    2. THE SECRETARY AND THE DIRECTOR SHALL PREPARE A LIST OF THOSE  MILI-
    8  TARY  PROGRAMS  WHICH  HAVE  PREVIOUSLY  BEEN  DEEMED  ACCEPTABLE BY THE
    9  DEPARTMENT AS EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN LIEU OF ALL  OR  PART
   10  OF  AN  APPROVED  PROGRAM  NO  LATER  THAN  JANUARY  FIRST, TWO THOUSAND
   11  FIFTEEN. ON AND AFTER SUCH DATE, SUCH LIST SHALL BE  MADE  AVAILABLE  TO
   12  THE PUBLIC AND APPLICANTS FOR ADMISSION TO PRACTICE OF A PROFESSION.
   13    3.  THE SECRETARY AND THE DIRECTOR SHALL PREPARE A LIST OF THOSE MILI-
   14  TARY PROGRAMS WHICH MAY PROVIDE, WHERE APPLICABLE, EQUIVALENT  EDUCATION
   15  AND  TRAINING  FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS WHICH ARE CRITICAL TO PUBLIC HEALTH
   16  AND SAFETY, PROGRAMS WHICH MAY  PROVIDE,  WHERE  APPLICABLE,  EQUIVALENT
   17  EDUCATION  AND  TRAINING FOR THOSE PROFESSIONS FOR WHICH SHORTAGES EXIST
   18  IN THE STATE, PROGRAMS WHICH MAY PROVIDE, WHERE  APPLICABLE,  EQUIVALENT
   19  EDUCATION  AND  TRAINING  FOR  THOSE PROFESSIONS WHICH WOULD PROMOTE THE
   20  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION OR TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT OF BUSI-
   21  NESS IN THE STATE AND ANY  OTHER  MILITARY  PROGRAMS  WHICH  MAY,  WHERE
   22  APPLICABLE,  BE  ACCEPTED  BY THE DEPARTMENT AS EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND
   23  TRAINING IN LIEU OF ALL OR PART OF AN APPROVED PROGRAM NO LATER THAN THE
   24  THIRTY-FIRST OF OCTOBER, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN. ON AND AFTER  SUCH  DATE,
   25  SUCH  LIST  SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC AND APPLICANTS FOR THE
   26  LICENSING, CERTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION TO THE PRACTICE OF  A  PROFES-
   27  SION.
   28    4.  SUCH  LISTS SHALL BE PREPARED ANNUALLY NO LATER THAN THE THIRTIETH
   29  OF JUNE THEREAFTER WITH ADDITIONS AND  DELETIONS  MADE  JOINTLY  BY  THE
   30  SECRETARY  AND  THE DIRECTOR AND MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC AND APPLI-
   31  CANTS FOR THE LICENSING, CERTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION TO THE  PRACTICE
   32  OF A PROFESSION ON SUCH DATE.
   33    5.  IN  THEIR DETERMINATION PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION OF WHICH MILITARY
   34  PROGRAMS PROVIDE EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING, SO AS TO BE ACCEPTED
   35  BY THE DEPARTMENT AS EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN LIEU OF ALL OR
   36  PART OF AN APPROVED  PROGRAM,  THE  SECRETARY  AND  THE  DIRECTOR  SHALL
   37  CONSIDER THE STANDARDS OF THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION.
   38    S  20-B.  APPLICATION  FOR LICENSING, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION TO
   39  PRACTICE A PROFESSION BY A VETERAN OR A SPOUSE OF A VETERAN. THE  SECRE-
   40  TARY  OF STATE SHALL PROVIDE FOR AN EXPEDITED APPLICATION FOR LICENSING,
   41  CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION TO THE  PRACTICE  OF  A  PROFESSION  BY  A
   42  VETERAN  OR  A SPOUSE OF A VETERAN. SUCH APPLICATION SHALL BE DETERMINED
   43  BY THE SECRETARY WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF THE  FILING  OF  THE  APPLICATION
   44  WITH  THE SECRETARY BY THE VETERAN OR SPOUSE OF A VETERAN. IN MAKING THE
   45  DETERMINATION FOR THE VETERAN, THE SECRETARY SHALL, IN ADDITION  TO  THE
   46  EDUCATION  AND  TRAINING  OF  THE  VETERAN, ALSO CONSIDER THE EQUIVALENT
   47  EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF THE VETERAN, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION  TWEN-
   48  TY-A  OF  THIS  ARTICLE.  IN  MAKING THE DETERMINATION FOR THE VETERAN'S
   49  SPOUSE, THE SECRETARY SHALL CONSIDER THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING  OF  THE
   50  VETERAN'S SPOUSE, TOGETHER WITH ANY EQUIVALENT EDUCATION, TRAINING, PAST
   51  LICENSING, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION OR PAST PRACTICE OF SUCH SPOUSE
   52  OF  SUCH PROFESSION IN ANOTHER JURISDICTION, TOGETHER WITH THE STANDARDS
   53  OF THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION. IF THE SECRETARY  DETERMINES  THAT
   54  THE  EDUCATION  AND  TRAINING  OF  THE  VETERAN OR THE VETERAN'S SPOUSE,
   55  AND/OR THEIR PAST LICENSING, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION OR PAST PRAC-
   56  TICE IN ANOTHER JURISDICTION, IS ESSENTIALLY EQUIVALENT TO THE  REQUIRE-
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    1  MENTS NECESSARY FOR LICENSING, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION TO PRACTICE
    2  THE PROFESSION IN THE STATE, THEN THE SECRETARY SHALL GRANT SUCH VETERAN
    3  OR VETERAN'S SPOUSE LICENSING, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION TO PRACTICE
    4  SUCH PROFESSION.
    5    S  5. Subdivision (c) of section 304-a of the vehicle and traffic law,
    6  as added by chapter 61 of the laws  of  1989,  is  amended  to  read  as
    7  follows:
    8    (c) The commissioner may, by regulation, establish standards of compe-
    9  tency  and fitness for certification as an inspector; PROVIDED, HOWEVER,
   10  THAT ANY PERSON WHO WAS A MEMBER OF  THE  ARMED  FORCES  OF  THE  UNITED
   11  STATES,  NATIONAL  GUARD  OR  RESERVES  AND WHO BY MILITARY TRAINING AND
   12  PRACTICE ACQUIRED THE SKILLS OF  A  MOTOR  VEHICLE  INSPECTOR  SHALL  BE
   13  CERTIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER AS AN INSPECTOR.
   14    S 6. Section 398-d of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding
   15  a new subdivision 8 to read as follows:
   16    8.  ANY  PERSON  WHO  WAS  A  MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED
   17  STATES, NATIONAL GUARD OR RESERVES, AND WHO  BY  MILITARY  TRAINING  AND
   18  PRACTICE  ACQUIRES  THE  SKILLS  OF  A  MOTOR VEHICLE MECHANIC, SHALL BE
   19  DEEMED TO BE QUALIFIED TO PERFORM WORK  UPON  MOTOR  VEHICLES  AT  MOTOR
   20  VEHICLE REPAIR SHOPS.
   21    S  7.  Subdivision  2  of  section  3002  of the public health law, as
   22  amended by chapter 580 of the laws  of  2007,  is  amended  to  read  as
   23  follows:
   24    2. The state council shall have the power, by an affirmative vote of a
   25  majority  of  those present, subject to approval by the commissioner, to
   26  enact, and from time to time, amend and repeal,  rules  and  regulations
   27  establishing minimum standards for ambulance services, ambulance service
   28  certification,  advanced  life  support  first  response  services,  the
   29  provision of prehospital emergency medical care, public  education,  the
   30  development  of  a  statewide  emergency  medical  services  system, the
   31  provision of ambulance services outside the primary territory  specified
   32  in  the  ambulance  services' certificate and the training, examination,
   33  and certification of certified first responders, emergency medical tech-
   34  nicians, and advanced emergency medical technicians; provided,  however,
   35  that  such minimum standards must be consistent with the staffing stand-
   36  ards established by section three thousand five-a of this article.  Such
   37  training  shall  be  made  available by video or computer to the maximum
   38  extent possible. [Until January first, nineteen hundred ninety-seven, no
   39  minimum standards shall be established for services provided by a volun-
   40  tary ambulance service operating  solely  pursuant  to  a  statement  of
   41  registration  issued  under section three thousand four.] The curriculum
   42  for certified first responder training shall not exceed fifty-one  hours
   43  including  prerequisites.  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  OTHER PROVISION OF THIS
   44  ARTICLE TO THE CONTRARY, ANY PERSON WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES
   45  OF THE UNITED STATES, NATIONAL GUARD OR RESERVES, AND  WHO  BY  MILITARY
   46  TRAINING AND PRACTICE WAS A MEDIC OR CORPSMAN, SHALL BE CERTIFIED, WITH-
   47  OUT  EXAMINATION,  BY THE STATE COUNCIL AND REGIONAL COUNCILS AS A FIRST
   48  RESPONDER OR EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN. The state council shall  have
   49  the  same  powers  granted  to  regional councils by this article in any
   50  region of the state in which a regional  council  has  not  been  estab-
   51  lished.
   52    S  8.  Subdivision 1 of section 236-a of the county law, as amended by
   53  chapter 343 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:
   54    1. Notwithstanding the provisions of the general city law or any other
   55  law to the contrary, the counties of Dutchess and Westchester  are  each
   56  hereby  authorized  to  establish a county board of examiners for master
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    1  electricians and to empower such board to assume  all  licensing  duties
    2  within each such county with respect to the licensure of master electri-
    3  cians.    PROVIDED,  THAT SUCH COUNTIES SHALL PROVIDE FOR THE LICENSING,
    4  WITHOUT  EXAMINATION,  AS  A  MASTER ELECTRICIAN OF ANY PERSON WHO WAS A
    5  MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF  THE  UNITED  STATES,  NATIONAL  GUARD  OR
    6  RESERVES,  AND WHO BY MILITARY TRAINING AND PRACTICE ACQUIRED THE SKILLS
    7  OF AN ELECTRICIAN.  The  counties  of  Dutchess  and  Westchester  shall
    8  provide  for master electrician's duties and responsibilities in accord-
    9  ance with the local law of each such county.
   10    S 9. Section 45 of the general city law is amended to read as follows:
   11    S 45. Examinations; conducting business without certificate  prohibit-
   12  ed.  A  person  desiring  or intending to conduct the trade, business or
   13  calling of a plumber or of plumbing in a city of this state as employing
   14  or master plumber, shall be required to submit to an examination  before
   15  such examining board of plumbers as to his experience and qualifications
   16  for  such  trade, business or calling, and it shall not be lawful in any
   17  city of this state for a person to conduct such trade, business or call-
   18  ing, unless he shall have first obtained  a  certificate  of  competency
   19  from  such board of the city in which he conducts or proposes to conduct
   20  such business.  PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ANY PERSON WHO WAS A  MEMBER  OF
   21  THE  ARMED  FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, NATIONAL GUARD OR RESERVES, AND
   22  WHO BY MILITARY TRAINING AND PRACTICE ACQUIRED THE SKILLS OF A  PLUMBER,
   23  SHALL BE CERTIFIED AS COMPETENT WITHOUT EXAMINATION.
   24    S 10. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed-
   25  ing  the  date  on  which it shall have become a law, provided, however,
   26  that section one of this act shall take effect on the first of July next
   27  succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law; provided, that,
   28  effective immediately, any rules and regulations necessary to  implement
   29  the  provisions  of  this  act  on its effective date are authorized and
   30  directed to be amended, added and/or repealed on or before such date.
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