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A08367 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A8367A
 
SPONSOR: Wallace
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to expanding eligibility under the veterans tuition awards program   PURPOSE: This bill will provide the means for all New York resident veterans of the armed services of the United States, who by virtue of that service, have earned the right, regardless of socio-economic status, to receive a college education at a New York public or private institution of higher learning and the opportunity to succeed in our global economy.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one amends subdivision 1 of section 669-a of the education law to add a new paragraph d-1 which establishes the definition of "veteran" to mean a person who (i) is a resident of the state; (ii) served in the armed forces of the United States; (iii) was a resident of the state immediately prior to his or her entry into such armed forces; and (iv) received an honorable discharge from the branch of the armed forces of the United States in which he or she served. Section two amends paragraph (a) of subdivision 2 of section 669-a of the education law to include veterans, as defined in paragraph d-1 of subdivision 1 of section 669-a of the education law, amongst those eligible to receive veterans tuition awards program. Section three establishes the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: This year in the FY 2017-2018 State Budget, New York enacted the Excels- ior Scholarship program, which expands the Tuition Assistance Program by more than $1 billion, in an effort to make college more affordable for New York State students. Absent from the adopted program are provisions which would expand eligibility to include all military veterans. These men and women have sacrificed so much to defend our freedom, and it is only fitting that they have an opportunity to further their education to better compete in the global economy. This bill would expand the eligi- bility of the newly established scholarship program to those proud men and women who serve in the Armed Forces.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2017: Referred to Veterans   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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