AB34 Summary:

BILL NO    A00034 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    Simanowitz

COSPNSR    

MLTSPNSR   

Add S679-g, Ed L

Establishes the NYS Employee Loan Forgiveness Program; provides that
individuals employed by a state employer for 5 years or more with outstanding
loan debt are eligible to receive $5,000 per year.
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AB34 Actions:

BILL NO    A00034 

01/07/2015 referred to higher education
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AB34 Memo:

 BILL NUMBER:  A34

 TITLE OF BILL :  An act to amend the education law, in relation to
establishing the New York state employee loan forgiveness program

 PURPOSE :

To establish the New York State Employee Loan Forgiveness program to
retain individuals serving as employeeS of a state employer.

 SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :

Amendment of the education law by adding a new section 679-e. Section
679-e shall allow the commissioner of education to grant loan
forgiveness awards to state employees who have a minimum of five (5)
years of qualified service and have outstanding student loan debt. A
number of elected officials, judges, and those appointed to boards or
commissions by the governor are not eligible. The awards may be
granted in amounts ranging from $5,000 not to exceed $10,000. Awards
will be based on availability of funds.

 JUSTIFICATION :

Admittedly, the cost of higher education has skyrocketed in. recent
years. It has become so expensive to pay for one's higher education,
that the decisions regarding career are being determined based on
economics. Consequently, the public sector job market, specifically
the state government has suffered as a result of the economic
competition in the job marketplace. Without being able to match the
salaries of the newly graduated in the private sector, the state
government suffers by having to forego many talented individuals.
This bill is a means of investing in the individuals who are willing
to invest in the state for a job. The return is not immediate, but the
investment will be.

 LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :

2009-10: A.7243/S.1225 Referred to Higher Education both houses.
2011-12: A.1818 Referred to Higher Education.
2013-2014: Referred to Higher Education.

 EFFECTIVE DATE :
Immediately.
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AB34 Text:

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

                                          34

                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                      (PREFILED)

                                    January 7, 2015
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  SIMANOWITZ  -- read once and referred to the
         Committee on Higher Education

       AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing  the  New
         York state employee loan forgiveness program

         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  679-g
    2  to read as follows:
    3    S  679-G.  NEW  YORK  STATE  EMPLOYEE  LOAN  FORGIVENESS  PROGRAM.  1.
    4  PURPOSE. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL GRANT STUDENT  LOAN  FORGIVENESS  AWARDS
    5  FOR THE PURPOSE OF RETAINING INDIVIDUALS SERVING AS EMPLOYEES OF A STATE
    6  EMPLOYER.
    7    2.  DEFINITIONS.  (A) "STATE EMPLOYER" MEANS: (1) THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH
    8  OF THE STATE, (2) A COOPERATIVE EXTENSION  ASSOCIATION  ("ASSOCIATION"),
    9  (3)  THE UNIFIED COURT SYSTEM, (4) THE SENATE, (5) THE ASSEMBLY, AND (6)
   10  JOINT LEGISLATIVE EMPLOYERS.
   11    (B) "STUDENT  LOAN  DEBT"  MEANS  THE  TOTAL  ANNUAL  LOAN  REPAYMENTS
   12  REQUIRED  TO BE MADE BY THE ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEE ON THE CUMULATIVE TOTAL OF
   13  THE EMPLOYEE'S OUTSTANDING STUDENT LOANS COVERING THE COST OF ATTENDANCE
   14  AT AN UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION AND/OR GRADUATE SCHOOL. INTEREST PAID OR
   15  DUE ON SUCH LOANS SHALL BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE FOR  REIMBURSEMENT  UNDER
   16  THIS  PROGRAM.  FOR  PURPOSES  OF  THIS  CALCULATION,  THE AMOUNT OF THE
   17  STUDENT LOAN EXPENSE SHALL BE REDUCED BY ANY GRANTS,  LOAN  FORGIVENESS,
   18  OR  SIMILAR REDUCTIONS TO THE EMPLOYEE'S INDEBTEDNESS THAT HE OR SHE HAS
   19  RECEIVED OR SHALL RECEIVE.
   20    (C) "YEAR OF QUALIFIED SERVICE" MEANS THE TWELVE-MONTH PERIOD MEASURED
   21  FROM THE ANNIVERSARY OF  THE  INDIVIDUAL'S  EMPLOYMENT  WITH  THE  STATE
   22  EMPLOYER AND ADJUSTED FOR ANY INTERRUPTION IN EMPLOYMENT.
   23    3.  ELIGIBILITY.  (A)  TO  BE  ELIGIBLE  FOR AN AWARD PURSUANT TO THIS
   24  SUBDIVISION, APPLICANTS SHALL: (1) BE EMPLOYED BY A STATE EMPLOYER;  (2)

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD00478-01-5
       A. 34                               2

    1  FOR FIVE OR MORE YEARS OF QUALIFIED SERVICE; AND (3) HAVE AN OUTSTANDING
    2  STUDENT LOAN DEBT.
    3    (B)  INDIVIDUALS  EMPLOYED  BY  A  STATE EMPLOYER WHO ARE NOT ELIGIBLE
    4  INCLUDE:
    5    (1) ELECTED OFFICIALS, JUDGES OR JUSTICES APPOINTED TO OR  SERVING  IN
    6  COURT OF RECORD;
    7    (2)  OFFICERS  DESCRIBED  IN  SECTIONS  FOUR,  FORTY-ONE-A, FORTY-SIX,
    8  SIXTY-ONE, SEVENTY, SEVENTY-A, ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-NINE  (INCLUDING  THOSE
    9  OFFICERS  WHOSE  SALARY  IS  ESTABLISHED  PURSUANT TO SALARY PLANS UNDER
   10  SUBDIVISION THREE  OF  SECTION  ONE  HUNDRED  SIXTY-NINE),  SECTION  ONE
   11  HUNDRED EIGHTY AND SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION FORTY-ONE OF THE EXECUTIVE
   12  LAW  AND  ANY AGENCY OR DEPARTMENT HEAD APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, COMP-
   13  TROLLER OR ATTORNEY GENERAL; AND
   14    (3) APPOINTED MEMBERS OF BOARDS OR COMMISSIONS ANY  OF  WHOSE  MEMBERS
   15  ARE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR OR BY ANOTHER STATE OFFICER OR BODY.
   16    4.  AWARDS.  THE COMMISSIONER SHALL GRANT AWARDS IN THE AMOUNT OF FIVE
   17  THOUSAND DOLLARS TO INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE, PURSUANT  TO  SUBDIVI-
   18  SION  TWO  OF  THIS  SECTION,  IN  THE  YEAR  PRIOR TO SUCH APPLICATION,
   19  PROVIDED THAT NO RECIPIENT SHALL RECEIVE AN AWARD THAT EXCEEDS THE TOTAL
   20  REMAINING BALANCE OF THE STUDENT LOAN DEBT AND THAT NO  RECIPIENT  SHALL
   21  RECEIVE  CUMULATIVE  AWARDS,  PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, IN EXCESS OF TEN
   22  THOUSAND DOLLARS. AWARDS SHALL BE WITHIN THE  AMOUNTS  APPROPRIATED  FOR
   23  SUCH PURPOSE AND BASED ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS.
   24    5. RULES AND REGULATIONS. THE COMMISSIONER IS AUTHORIZED TO PROMULGATE
   25  RULES AND REGULATIONS NECESSARY FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROVISIONS
   26  OF THIS SECTION.
   27    S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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