BILL NO A00034
SAME AS No Same as
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.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
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
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 forgive-
ness 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.
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.
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.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
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 § 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
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.
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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
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 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.