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Senate Resolution No. 4330
 
BY: Senator FLANAGAN
 
        RESOLUTION  in  response  to the 2016-2017 Executive
        Budget submission (Legislative Bills S6400B, S6403B,
        S6404B, S6405B, S6406B, S6407B, S6408B  and  S6409B)
        to be adopted as legislation expressing the position
        of  the  New  York  State  Senate  relating  to  the
        2016-2017 New York State Budget
 
  WHEREAS, It is the intent  of  the  Legislature  to  effectuate  the
timely passage of a State Budget; and
 
  WHEREAS, It is the intent of the Legislature to engage in the Budget
Conference  Committee process, which promotes increased participation by
the members of the Legislature and the public; and
 
  WHEREAS, The Senate Finance Committee  has  conducted  an  extensive
study and review of the Governor's 2016-2017 Executive Budget submission
and has recommended proposed amendments to such Budget submission in the
above  referenced  Legislative Bills and Report on the Executive Budget;
and
 
  WHEREAS, Article VII of the New York State Constitution provides the
framework under which the New York State Budget  is  submitted,  amended
and  enacted.  The New York State Courts have limited the Legislature in
how it may change the appropriations bills submitted  by  the  Governor.
The Legislature can delete or reduce items of appropriation contained in
the several appropriation bills submitted by the Governor in conjunction
with   the  Executive  Budget,  and  it  can  add  additional  items  of
appropriation to those bills provided that  such  additions  are  stated
separately  and distinctly from the original items of the bill and refer
each to a single object or purpose; and
 
  WHEREAS, An extensive study and review of the  Governor's  2016-2017
Executive  Budget  submission  has revealed that the construction of the
budget bills submitted to the Legislature by the Governor constrains the
Legislature in its ability to fully effectuate its  intent  in  amending
the Governor's budget submission; and
 
  WHEREAS,  The  2016-2017  Executive  Budget  includes  funds for new
programs throughout various agencies which  are  direct  aid  and  grant
programs,  have been drafted as lump sum appropriations and are proposed
to be distributed at the sole discretion of the Executive. In  addition,
some  of  these  proposed  initiatives  related to capital plans have no
corresponding plan details, which is imperative for proper consideration
of these proposals. New capital spending, distributed  through  regional
economic  development  councils,  is  also  included  in  the  Executive
proposal; and
 
  WHEREAS,  The  Legislature  has  amended  the  Governor's  2016-2017
Executive  Budget  submission  to the fullest extent possible within the
authority provided to it pursuant to Section 4 of Article VII of the New
York State Constitution; and
 
  WHEREAS,  The  Senate,  in  addition  to  the  Governor's  2016-2017
Executive  Budget submission bills as amended by the Senate in the above
referenced legislative bills, does hereby provide its recommendations as
to provisions in the Governor's 2016-2017  Executive  Budget  submission
which reflect those items the Senate is constrained from effectuating as
amendments to the 2016-2017 Executive Budget appended hereto; and
 
  WHEREAS,  It  is the intent of the Legislature that upon the passage
of the Governor's 2016-2017 Executive Budget submission  as  amended  by
the  Senate, and the incorporated Report on the Amended Executive Budget
may provide a basis for  both  houses  of  the  Legislature  to  convene
Committees  on  Conference  pursuant to Joint Rule III of the Senate and
Assembly for the purpose of  reconciling  any  differences  between  the
amendments  to  the  Governor's  budget as proposed by each house of the
Legislature; now, therefore, be it
 
  RESOLVED, That, the  above  referenced  legislative  bills  (S6400B,
S6403B,  S6404B,  S6405B,  S6406B, S6407B, S6408B and S6409B) be and are
incorporated as part of this resolution and are hereby  adopted  as  the
New  York State Legislature's budget proposal for the 2016-2017 New York
State Budget.
 
REPORT ON THE AMENDED EXECUTIVE BUDGET
 
ALL STATE AGENCIES AND OPERATIONS
 
Adirondack Park Agency
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $4.8
    million.
 
Aging, State Office of the
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation of $11.3
    million.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate modifies the Executive's recommendation of $245.8 million
    as follows:
      o  Restores  $951,000  for  the  Naturally  Occurring   Retirement
        Communities (NORCs) and Neighborhood NORCs (NNORCs) programs.
      o  Restores  $200,000  for  the  Lifespan  Elder  Abuse Prevention
        Program.
      o Increases funding for the Community  Services  for  the  Elderly
        program  by  $3 million to eliminate local waiting lists for the
        program.
      o Provides $1.5 million to support various elder abuse  awareness,
        screening and reporting initiatives.
 
Agriculture and Markets, Department of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate modifies the Executive recommendation as follows:
      o  Denies  the  transfer  of  market order authority to the Empire
        State Development and provides $12.3 million.
 
      o Proposes new language allowing  the  statutory  creation  of  NY
        Pride/NY Certified program.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate modifies the Executive recommendation as follows:
      o Restores:
          - $544,000 for the Apple Growers Association;
          - $500,000 for the Apple Research and Development Board;
          - $320,000 for the Berry Growers Association;
          - $125,000 for Christmas Tree Growers Association;
          - $75,000 for the Corn and Soybean Growers Association;
          - $1 million for the Cornell Diagnostic Lab;
          - $50,000 for Cornell Onion Research;
          - $125,000 for Cornell Maple Research;
          - $220,000 for Dairy Profit Teams at Farm Viability;
          - $200,000 for Deer Fence Matching Grants;
          - $175,000 for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis program;
          - $416,000 for FarmNet;
          - $500,000 for Farm-to-Seniors assistance;
          - $1.5 million for the Farm Viability Institute;
          - $50,000 for Honeybee research at Cornell;
          - $160,000 for Hops and Barley Research at Cornell;
          - $100,000 for the Genesee Agriculture Academy;
          - $100,000 for Grown on Long Island;
          - $20,000 for Island Harvest;
          - $160,000 for Local Fairs Assistance;
          - $25,000 for the Low-Cost Vaccine Program;
          - $213,000 for the Maple Producers Association;
          -   $600,000  for  the  Northern  NY  Agriculture  Development
              Program;
          - $602,000 for Pro-Dairy Program;
          - $500,000 for regional food hubs;
          - $250,000 for the Tractor Rollover Prevention program;
          - $150,000 for the Turfgrass Association;
          - $100,000 for the Vegetable Growers Association;
          - $307,000 for the Wine and Grape Foundation; and
          - $100,000 for the Wood Products Council.
      o Provides an additional:
          - $100,000 for Agriculture OneStop Program;
          - $500,000 for Cornell Salmonella Dublin Control/Research;
          - $200,000 for Cornell Veterans to Farms Program;
          - $558,000 for Future Farmers of America;
          - $200,000 for North Country Agriculture Academy; and
          - $850,000 for Rabies programs at Cornell;
      o Provides language for the Peekskill Train Station to participate
        in the Taste NY program.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  * The Senate modifies the Executive recommendation as follows:
      o Provides $5 million for critical maintenance  repairs  at  local
        fairgrounds.
      o  Provides  $2  million  for the development of a golden nematode
        research laboratory at Cornell.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6408-B-A)
  * PART S - The Senate denies  the  Executive's  proposal  to  transfer
    authority  of  agricultural  market  orders  from  the Department of
    Agriculture and Markets to the Empire State Development Corporation.
 
  * PART W - The Senate advances legislation to  eliminate  the  acreage
    eligibility limit for the Beginning Farmers Grant Program.
  *  PART  Y  - The Senate advances legislation creating the NY Pride/NY
    Certified program for farmers engaged in Good Agricultural Practices
    (GAP) certification.
 
Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive appropriation level  of  $13.3
    million, a decrease of $4.8 million from SFY 2016 levels:
      o  The  decrease  in agency funding reflects the change in funding
        source. The agency is currently funded through  Special  Revenue
        Funds.  In  FY  2017,  the  Executive  recommends and the Senate
        concurs to fund the agency through General Fund  appropriations.
        The $13.3 million represents the actual cost to fund the agency.
        There  is no reduction in FTEs, which will remain at the FY 2016
        level of 127 FTE.
 
Audit and Control, Department of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate modifies the Executive recommendation of  $290.8  million
    to  deny  $1.4  million for 21 additional Full-Time-Equivalent (FTE)
    employees.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $32 million.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $6 million.
 
Budget, Division of the
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $30.4
    million and includes the following restorations for membership dues:
      o $10,000 for the National Conference of Insurance Legislators;
      o $469,000 for the Council of State Governments; and
      o $48,000 for the National Conference of State Legislators.
 
Children and Family Services, Office of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The Senate concurs with the Executive's All Funds Recommendation of
    $479.2 million, an increase of $10.5 million or 2.2 percent from  FY
    2016 levels.
  *  The  Senate denies the Executive appropriation language which would
    provide an exemption from professional  licensure  requirements  for
    individuals  practicing  certain  professions in programs regulated,
    operated or funded by the agency.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate modifies the Executive All Funds Recommendation  of  $3.3
    billion to provide:
      o $2.57 million for Child Advocacy Centers;
      o $1.3 million for the Youth Development Program;
      o $3 million for Safe Harbor Sexually Exploited Youth programs;
 
      o $1.75 million for Community Reinvestment programs;
      o $1.25 million for 2-1-1;
      o $500,000 for the NYS YMCA Foundation;
      o $150,000 for the American Legion Boys State Program;
      o $100,000 for Legal Services for the Elderly and Disadvantaged of
        Western NY;
      o $466,000 for New Alternatives for Children;
      o $750,000 for the NYS Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs;
      o $150,000 for OHEL Children's Home and Family Services;
      o $25,000 for the Helen Keller - CORE program;
      o $50,000 for the Boro Park Jewish Community Council;
      o $25,000 for the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association;
      o $25,000 for SBH Community Service Network; and
      o  $25,000 for Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association of
        Boro Park.
  * Denies  the  appropriation  language  providing  an  exemption  from
    professional   licensure  requirements  for  individuals  practicing
    certain professions in programs regulated, operated or funded by the
    agency during FY 2017.
  * Modifies the appropriation language for Runaway and  Homeless  Youth
    Act  programs  to  allow  a  portion  of the funds to be provided to
    programs on  a  calendar  year  basis,  consistent  with  historical
    Legislative practice.
  *  Expresses  concern over the unfunded mandate to the State and child
    care providers associated with implementation of the  Federal  Child
    Care  and  Development  Block  Grant  Act of 2014 and the impact new
    Federal eligibility requirements will have on the  available  number
    of child care subsidy slots. The Senate continues to analyze options
    and   explore   avenues  of  funding  to  avoid  the  imposition  of
    significant new costs on child care providers
  * The Senate supports the creation of additional subsidy slots for New
    York's families.
  * The Senate supports the establishment of the Facilitated  Enrollment
    program as a permanent program with authorization to:
      o Expand its child care subsidy services statewide;
      o  Expand  enrollment  to  include  families with income up to 400
        percent of the federal poverty level; and
      o Cap family co-payments.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6406-B)
  * PART M - The Senate modifies the Executive proposal to conform State
    law to the Federal  Preventing  Sex  Trafficking  and  Strengthening
    Families  Act  to clarify the statutory language providing qualified
    immunity to caregivers of foster children in relation to application
    of the "reasonable and prudent parent standard."
  * PART N  -  The  Senate  denies,  without  prejudice,  the  Executive
    proposal  to  raise  the age of juvenile jurisdiction and reform the
    juvenile justice system. The Senate expresses support for continuing
    negotiations on this proposal through the  end  of  the  Legislative
    Session.
  *  PART  FF  -  The  Senate advances language to create the Child Care
    Regulatory Review Task Force to review and make  recommendations  on
    reforming  statutory  and regulatory requirements for child day care
    providers.
 
The Senate supports funding to expand  youth  development  programs  and
afterschool advantage programs to meet their growing needs.
 
City University of New York (CUNY)
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate modifies the Executive recommendation as follows:
      o Denies authorization for a new tuition increase.
      o Denies $18 million for competitive campus funding.
 
Aid to Localities (S.64003-B)
  * The Senate modifies the Executive recommendation as follows:
      o Reject $500,000 for a new community college community school.
      o Reject $2 million for new CUNY Apprentice program.
      o Restore the following programs:
          - $1.5 million for Murphy Institute;
          - $902,000 for childcare centers; and
          - $750,000 for career centers.
 
Capital (S.6404-B)
  *  The Senate modifies the Executive recommendation of $192 million as
    follows:
      o Provides an  additional  $68  million  for  projects  at  senior
        colleges.
      o  Calls  for  a  five-year  critical maintenance capital plan for
        senior colleges, funded at $171 million annually.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6407-B)
  * PART C: The Senate accepts the Executive's proposal to require  that
    New  York  City  provide  30 percent of the operating costs and debt
    service expenses at CUNY senior colleges. However, it encourages the
    Executive and the New York City mayor to work together  to  reach  a
    resolution   that  will  not  negatively  impact  the  CUNY  system,
    including  the  potential  development  of  a   plan   to   increase
    efficiencies.  In  light  of  recent  anti-Semitic  events  at  CUNY
    campuses, the Senate  denies  additional  funding  for  CUNY  senior
    schools  until it is satisfied that the administration has developed
    a plan to guarantee the safety of students of all faiths. The Senate
    fully understands the importance of the City University System,  and
    supports  the  full restoration of State support when this difficult
    and  atrocious  situation  is  adequately  addressed.  The  negative
    rhetoric  and  intimidation that has occurred, while not condoned by
    the majority of the honorable and ethical faculty or  student  body,
    is still troubling. On this issue of paramount importance, religious
    freedom must be protected if the Senate is going to support not only
    restorations, but any additional funding for operating aid.
  *  PART D: The Senate modifies reauthorization of the CUNY 2020 policy
    by removing language  authorizing  a  tuition  increase,  increasing
    maintenance of effort requirements, and providing an investment fund
    for the CUNY system.
  *  PART  Q:  The  Senate  accepts  the Executive proposal to provide a
    five-year extension of policies which allow  CUNY  to  contract  for
    various goods and services without first securing authorization from
    any State official or agency.
 
Civil Service, Department of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation of $13.3
    million.
 
Commission of Corrections, State
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $2.9
    million.
 
Corrections and Community Supervision, Department of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $2.8
    billion, and recommends:
      o  Additional funding be made available for parole officer classes
        and/or a new Academy to increase the number of  parole  officers
        to deal with high parolee caseloads.
      o  The  Senate  denies  the Executive appropriation language which
        would  provide  an   exemption   from   professional   licensure
        requirements  for  individuals practicing certain professions in
        programs regulated, operated or funded by the agency.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $29.4
    million.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $310
    million.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6405-B)
  * PART R - Advances legislation requiring  that  parole  violators  in
    local jails, other than in New York City, must either be transferred
    to  the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision after 10
    days, or, alternatively, that  the  Department  of  Corrections  and
    Community   Supervision  pay  all  costs  of  confinement  of  these
    violators in the local facility.
  * PART S -  Advances  legislation  which  would  require  that  duties
    involving  the  supervision  of parolees be performed exclusively by
    grade 21 parole officers.
 
Council on the Arts
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $4.42
    million.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive recommendation of $42.46
    million with the following modifications:
      o Adds $100,000 for CNY Arts Inc.
      o Adds $60,000 for the Cayuga County Arts Council
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6406-B)
  * PART R - The Senate advances language to distribute new funding  for
    Council  on  the  Arts  local  assistance  grants to ensure regional
    parity in funding.
 
Criminal Justice Services, Division of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
 
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $84 million.
      o  The Executive should be required to provide a detailed spending
        plan to the Legislature on the Federal Equitable Sharing Justice
        Program and Federal Equitable Sharing Treasury Program prior  to
        disbursements of the funds.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  *  The Senate modifies the Executive recommendation of $188.8 million,
    as follows:
      o Modifies without prejudice, the  Federal  Edward  Byrne  Justice
        Assistance  Grant (JAG) appropriation. Alternatively, the Senate
        requests that the Byrne/JAG program be allocated as it has  been
        in previous years.
      o Reprograms an Operation S.N.U.G. lump sum as follows:
          - $1.7 million for regional Operation S.N.U.G. programs
          -  $715,000  for  Operation  S.N.U.G. programs in Onondaga and
              Richmond counties
          - $600,000 for Operation S.N.U.G. programs in the Bronx
          - $300,000 for Operation  S.N.U.G  programs  in  the  City  of
              Poughkeepsie
      o Restores the following funding:
          - $2.9 million for law enforcement, anti-crime, anti-violence,
              crime control and treatment and prevention programs
          - $1.6 million for domestic violence programs
          - $500,000 for Finger Lakes Law Enforcement
          - $604,000 for law enforcement and emergency services agencies
              for equipment and technology enhancements
          -  $950,000  for civil or criminal legal services for domestic
              violence  programs  from  the  Legal  Services  Assistance
              Account
          -  $600,000  for  the  Indigent Parolee Program from the Legal
              Services Assistance Account
          - $316,000 for Westchester County Policing Program
          - $780,000 in Crime Prevention and Reduction Initiatives
      o Provides $640,000 for veterans civil or criminal legal  services
        programs from the Legal Services Assistance Account.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6405-B)
  *  PART  A  -  Denies  the  Executive  proposal to create the Criminal
    Justice Reform Act of 2016  (Independent  Special  Counsel,  Special
    District  Attorney; Grand Jury Reporting; Change of Venue; Statewide
    Use of Force Policy;  Reporting  by  Law  Enforcement  Agencies  and
    Search Warrant Application).
  *  PART  B  -  Denies  the  Executive  proposal  to extend the formula
    distribution of certain monies recovered by  District  Attorneys  in
    New York City which will sunset on March 31, 2015.
  *  PART T - Advances legislation that would amend the current law that
    allows local governments, other than in New York City, to permit the
    sale of certain fireworks deemed safe and reliable,  to  permit  the
    sale  of  such  fireworks in areas outside of New York City, without
    the requirement of a local law.
  * PART V and PART W - Advances  legislation  that  would  establish  a
    registry  of domestic violence offenders, and require the Department
    of Criminal Justice Services to make  information  in  the  registry
    available to the public.
  *  The  Senate  supports  the creation and funding of a Riker's Island
    Prosecution Bureau to reduce the backlog of cases related to  crimes
    at Riker's Island, including an on-site adjudication facility.
 
Deferred Compensation Board
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $892,000.
 
Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $4.8
    million.
 
Dormitory Authority of the State of New York
 
Article VII Proposal (S.6405-B)
  * PART I - The Senate denies the Executive proposal to  establish  the
    New  York  State Design and Construction Corporation as a subsidiary
    of the Dormitory Authority.
 
Article VII Proposal (S.6408-B)
  * PART P - The Senate denies the  Executive  proposal  to  extend  the
    authorization for the Dormitory Authority to create subsidiaries for
    two years.
 
Economic Development, Department of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation of $25.6
    million with the following modification:
      o The Senate  denies  a  $700,000  appropriation  for  contractual
        services related to the promotion of international trade.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation of $57.8
    million with the following modifications:
  * The Senate restores $1.7 million for the  Manufacturing  Partnership
    Program;
  * The Senate restores $1.3 million for the Centers of Excellence;
  *  The  Senate  restores  $1  million  for  the  support  of  Academic
    Incubators;
  * The Senate restores $100,000 for the Finger Lakes Tourism  Alliance;
    and,
  * The Senate supports the promotion of tourism through local grants.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6408-B)
  *  PART O: The Senate concurs with the Executive proposal to authorize
    and regulate professional combative sports and extend the definition
    of combative sports to boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts.
 
Education, Department of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $597.2
    million.
  *  The  Senate concurs with the Executive maintaining $8.4 million for
    the release of standardized test  questions  and  the  reduction  of
    field testing.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
 
  * The Senate:
      o  Increases the Executive school aid proposal by $750 million for
        a total of $1.655 billion, an increase of 7.15 percent.
      o Increases Foundation Aid $880 million over  the  2015-16  school
        year;
      o  Accepts  the Executive recommendation to restore $189.4 million
        of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and modifies to  add  an
        additional $244.2 million to completely eliminate the GEA in the
        2016-17 school year;
      o Fully funds expense base aids at $341.4 million which reimburses
        school districts for prior year expenses in school construction,
        transportation, BOCES and special education services;
      o  Restores  $56 million in STAR benefits as a result of rejecting
        the Executive proposal to cap STAR at 2015-16 levels;
      o Restores $15 million for educational program grants;
      o Restores $1.5 million for the New  York  City  Community  School
        Learning Initiative;
      o Restores $1.5 million for workforce education;
      o Restores $500,000 for the SUNY Autism CARD program;
      o   Restores   $500,000   for  educational  television  and  radio
        programming;
      o Restores $200,000 for the Onondaga, Cortland and  Madison  BOCES
        New Technology School Initiative;
      o Restores $100,000 for National History Day;
      o  Accepts  the  Executive  maintaining $4.5 million in non-public
        safety grants and  expands  appropriation  language  to  include
        health, training, and assessments;
      o Adds $27.4 million for Charter school grants in Aid;
      o Adds $5 million in library aid funding;
      o  Adds $4.6 million in Nonpublic school aid Adds $4.1 million for
        4201 schools for the blind and deaf;
      o Accepts the Executive recommendation to provide $27.4 million in
        grants in aid to charter  schools  and  modifies  to  add  $27.4
        million;
      o  Accepts  the Executive recommendation to provide $4 million for
        early college high school and  career  and  technical  education
        grants;
      o Accepts the Executive recommendation to provide an additional $2
        million for QUALITYstarsNY;
      o  Denies  the  Executive  proposal  of $22 million in competitive
        grants for Pre-K for three year olds;
      o Denies the Executive's proposal of  $3  million  in  competitive
        grants for the Teacher Residency program.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation of $17.4
    million with the following modification:
      o Adds $10 million to the library construction program.
 
Education Initiatives:
      o The Senate seeks  to  increase  diversity  at  New  York  City's
        specialized   high   schools,   while  ensuring  their  rigorous
        admissions  standards  remain  in  place,   by   creating   more
        opportunities   for  under-represented  student  populations  to
        participate in test prep and other outreach activities.
      o The Senate supports the increase in gifted and talented programs
        in  New  York  City  with  a  specific  focus  on   low   income
        neighborhoods.
 
      o The Senate supports districts using education aid for conversion
        to  community  schools,  expansion of full day kindergarten, and
        increased access to after school programs.
      o  The  Senate  recognizes  that  the best teachers are those that
        receive proper assistance and therefore supports investments  in
        professional  development  through teacher centers, the Positive
        Learning Collaborative, the Educators 4 Excellence program,  and
        other similar programs.
      o The Senate directs the State Education Department to recalibrate
        the  needs  resource capacity index with current data to reflect
        adjustments helping to identify districts  becoming  high  needs
        based on shifting demographics relative to statewide trends.
      o   The  Senate  encourages  the  State  Education  Department  to
        consolidate all  existing  universal  pre-kindergarten  programs
        into  one  funding  stream, reflected on the school aid run with
        consistent standards for all new programs.
      o The Senate proposes that the State Education Department consider
        mandating age appropriate instruction in child sexual abuse.
      o The Senate supports extending the property tax cap to  New  York
        City, thereby creating parity between New York City and the rest
        of  State.  The  Senate  expresses  concern  about  the  rate of
        increasing property tax assessments in New  York  City  and  the
        disparate impact on middle class homeowners. High property taxes
        are  not a problem unique to areas outside of New York City, for
        this reason New York City should be subject to the  same  fiscal
        discipline.  The Senate will support the assumption of the State
        share of the local costs associated with  the  Medicaid  program
        when the City of New York adheres to the tax cap.
      o  The Senate also supports making the property tax cap permanent.
        The tax cap has demonstrated tangible savings to property owners
        across the State and must  remain  in  place  going  forward  to
        ensure New York is affordable and competitive with other states.
      o  The  Senate advances legislation to ensure students in the city
        of Rochester receive their fair share of funding, which has been
        negatively impacted by $30 million due  to  the  maintenance  of
        effort legislation.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6406-B)
 
PART A:
  * The Senate:
      o  Modifies  the  Contract for Excellence proposal to only include
        New York City;
      o Denies the Executive proposal to  freeze  school  districts  aid
        claims;
      o  Accepts  the  Executive  proposal  to allow school districts to
        apply for  waivers  from  special  education  requirements  that
        exceed federal requirements;
      o  Modifies the charter facilities aid percentage of basic tuition
        by increasing the percentage from 20  to  30  percent  of  basic
        tuition and accepts the Executive proposal making this provision
        permanent;
      o  Clarifies  that the actual total rent cost for a Charter school
        includes  lease  payments,   maintenance,   costs   of   capital
        improvements, costs of occupancy, security, insurance and taxes;
      o  Expands  the  student  population for which charter schools are
        eligible to receive facilities aid;
 
      o Includes provisions  requiring  NYC  to  offer  single  building
        co-location  space  for Charter schools based on the grades they
        plan to serve;
      o Accepts Executive proposal to unfreeze basic tuition for NYC and
        leave the formula frozen for rest of state charters;
      o  Modifies the Executive proposal to shift $500 in Charter school
        supplemental tuition to the  NYC  Department  of  Education  and
        allows  NYC  Charters  to  receive  the  $500 per pupil increase
        directly;
      o  Provides  for  the  $15  million  in   continuing   contractual
        obligations  of  conversion  charter schools and their employees
        for the 2016-17 school year;
      o Modifies the Executive proposal for the Teen Health Check off to
        allow not-for- profits to receive grants through  the  fund  and
        requires additional reporting.
 
PART A-1:
  * The Senate:
      o  Modifies  the  Executive  Foundation  Aid and Community schools
        proposal;
      o Eliminates and repeals the Gap  Elimination  Adjustment  in  the
        2016-17 school year;
      o Increases the aidable salaries for teachers providing career and
        technical  education services through BOCES to $50,000 over five
        years;
      o Creates the Office for Religious and Independent Schools  within
        the State Education Department;
      o Repeals the ten year building aid amortization;
      o  Provides  mandate relief to school districts with an enrollment
        of less than 5,000 students by exempting them from the  internal
        control audit function;
      o  Requires  public  votes  for  capital projects (excluding board
        approved emergency projects) to be held on the same date of  the
        annual meeting and election on the third Tuesday in May;
      o  Increases  the appropriation authority to $17.2 million for the
        after four p.m.  transportation of nonpublic students in NYC;
      o Establishes a charter school building  aid  program  which  will
        provide  building  aid similar to the current program for public
        schools;
      o Removes the sales tax from the purchase of school buses;
      o Allows a Charter  school  to  change  their  authorizing  entity
        without the consent of the current authorizer;
      o  Removes  the  requirement  that  charter  schools  enter into a
        contract with the  NYC  Department  of  Education  in  order  to
        receive state funding for Pre-K programming;
      o  Allows Charter schools flexibility to hire uncertified teachers
        for a period of three years;
      o Makes the property tax levy cap permanent for  school  districts
        and local governments and extends it to NYC;
      o  Provides  flexibility  to  school districts for growth in their
        transportation contracts;
      o Provides Suffolk county with  incentives  to  lower  nonresident
        tuition;
      o  Provides  forgiveness  from state aid penalties associated with
        late final cost report submissions for construction projects;
      o Provides forgiveness for the loss of  transportation  aid  as  a
        result of errors in transportation contract procurement.
 
PART A-2:
      o   The  Senate  includes  provisions  that  the  State  Education
        Department consider  mandating  age-appropriate  instruction  in
        child sexual abuse.
 
PART B:
  * The Senate:
      o   Concurs  with  the  Executive's  proposal  to  streamline  the
        development of school safety plans, update the form and  content
        of  emergency  response  drills,  and  provide  authority to the
        Education Commissioner  to  ensure  aid  is  properly  given  to
        districts facing safety threats.
      o  Modifies  the Executive proposal to maintain waivers for small,
        rural school districts from creating duplicative plans,  require
        districts  to  establish  protocols  for  student's threats upon
        their own lives, and removes specific mandates related to  staff
        training and timing of emergency response drills.
 
PART I:
  *  The  Senate denies, without prejudice, the Executive proposal for a
    three year extension of mayoral control in New York City.  Prior  to
    granting  any  significant  extension  of this authority, the Senate
    believes public hearings  should  be  held  to  assess  the  current
    structure  and  identify any possible areas of improvement including
    but not limited  to  creating  heightened  parental  involvement  in
    Community  Education Councils and the Panel for Education Policy. In
    2009, the time of the last significant  extension,  the  legislature
    held five hearings resulting in more than forty hours of testimony.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6407-B)
  * PART H: The Senate modifies the Executive proposal to allow minority
    ownership of public accounting firms by non-CPAs by making technical
    changes.
  *  PART  V: The Senate advances language to ensure qualified licensees
    are providing services pursuant to their scopes of practice.
  * PART X: The  Senate  advances  language  allowing  chiropractors  to
    create limited liability corporations with physicians.
 
The  Senate  seeks  the  development  of  a new state-wide school safety
officer initiative. The proposal allows a locality to request  a  school
safety officer for each public or non-public school.  Each school safety
officer  would  have  full police powers, would be under the command and
control of the division of the state police. The Superintendent of State
Police would select such an officer from a pool  of  qualified,  retired
police officers.
 
Elections, State Board of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation of $11.5
    million.
 
Empire State Development Corporation
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
 
The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of  $109.5  million
with the following modifications:
 
  *  Denies $66.5 million in marketing for programs such as START-UP NY,
    Open for Business and Global NY;
  * Restores $3 million in base retention funding;
  * Restores $1 million in funding for Beginning Farmers;
  * Restores $350,000 in Adirondack North Funding;
  * Restores $250,000 in Economic Gardening program;
  * Restores $150,000 in Fishing Tournament promotions; and,
  * Restores $150,000 for the Watkins Glen advertising campaign.
 
The  Senate  remains  fully  committed  to  the  promotion  of  tourism,
including provision of $500,000 in local matching grants.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
 
The Senate modifies the Executive recommendation of  $904.8  million  as
follows:
  *  Transfers  $110  million for the NY 2020 Challenge Grant Program to
    higher education;
  * Denies $8 million in capital for the Market New York program;
  * Denies, without prejudice, $150 million for  the  Regional  Economic
    Development Council Initiative, identifying the need for specificity
    and legislative input;
  *  Denies,  without  prejudice, $30 million in funding for the Upstate
    Revitalization program, identifying the  need  for  specificity  and
    legislative input;
  * Adds $20 million in funding for NY First.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6408-B)
  * PART F: The Senate concurs with the Executive proposal to extend for
    one  year  the  New York State Urban Development Corporation's (UDC)
    authority to administer the Empire State Economic  Development  Fund
    (EDF);
  * PART G: The Senate concurs with the Executive proposal to extend for
    one   year   the  general  loan  powers  of  the  Urban  Development
    Corporation (UDC) and,
  * PART H: The Senate modifies  the  Executive  proposal  to  authorize
    design  and  construction  contacts to be awarded to a single entity
    (a/k/a design build) for purposes of  expanding  and  improving  the
    Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the Empire State Station Complex,
    the  James  A.  Farley  Building  replacement,  and the Penn Station
    redevelopment. The Senate removes  the  prohibition  on  bidding  on
    these  projects  for  contractors  who  are  federally debarred, but
    maintains an obligation  for  the  contracting  entity  to  consider
    federal debarment in deciding bid awards.
 
Employee Relations, Office of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $2.5
    million.
 
Energy Research and Development Authority
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6408-B)
  * PART I -  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive's  proposal  to
    transfer $913,000 from NYSERDA to the General Fund.
  *  PART  J - The Senate denies, without prejudice, NYSERDA's authority
    to fund a portion of its research,  development  and  demonstration,
 
    and  policy  and planning programs, and to finance the DEC's climate
    change, from the special additional assessment on gas  and  electric
    corporations  and believes that these programs can be fully financed
    through  other  Authority  efficiency measures or off-budget funding
    streams. The Senate includes language to allow funding  of  $750,000
    for the University of Rochester laboratory for laser energetics.
  *  PART  HH - The Senate advances legislation to extend the Green Jobs
    Green New York and financing programs for one year.
  * PART II - The Senate advances legislation  to  provide  natural  gas
    line last-mile infrastructure expansion.
  *  PART  TT  -  The  Senate  advances  legislation  to  require Public
    Authority Control Board oversight of the PSC and NYSERDA when acting
    as an economic development entity.
 
Environmental Conservation
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $462.5
    million.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive recommendation of no new
    appropriations, with the following modifications:
      o Restores $250,000 for North Elba/ORDA.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $300 million
    for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF),  an  increase  of  $123
    million  over  FY  2016.  The  Senate  amends  the EPF categories to
    reflect legislative priorities.
  * The Senate concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $858.6
    million with the following modification:
      o   Provides   an   additional  $200  million  for  Water  Quality
        Infrastructure Projects
      o The Senate further supports state payment to ensure water safety
        in Orleans New York
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6408-B)
  * PART T - Amends language regarding the Waste  Tire  program  fee  to
    create  a  three-year sunset and allow for the use of fee revenue to
    fund local waste tire  takeback  programs  and  DOH  initiatives  to
    combat mosquito borne illnesses.
  *  PART  U - Amends language related to the EPF Climate Change Account
    to make  conforming  changes,  while  maintaining  a  historic  $300
    million funding level.
  *  PART  Z  -  Provides  language  to extend the effective date of the
    Diesel Emissions Reduction Act for two  years  and  exempts  private
    operators.
  *  PART  AA  -  Provides  language  creating  the Water Infrastructure
    Improvement Act of 2016 to provide grants allowing for the repair of
    existing  wastewater  infrastructure  and  the  installment  of  new
    wastewater infrastructure.
  * PART BB - Provides language to establish a paint stewardship program
    requiring  the collection and recycling of consumer paint to protect
    New York's natural resources.
  * PART CC - Provides language authorizing compensation  to  localities
    for electronic waste collection.
 
  *  PART DD - Provides language to allow for brownfield cleanup program
    tax credits to be available for parties redeveloping formerly  state
    owned sites where the primary source of contamination is asbestos.
  *  PART EE - Provides language to allow incentives for the purchase of
    Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEV) and fund ZEV infrastructure.
  * PART FF - Provides language to eliminate transhipment  license  fees
    on   major  oil  storage  facilities  located  within  one  mile  of
    out-of-state major oil storage facilities.
  * PART GG - Provides language to create parity in relation to the  fee
    structure for pesticide applicators.
 
Miscellaneous
  *  The  Senate will consider whether an increase or removal of the cap
    on return incentive  payments  serves  the  interest  of  consumers,
    manufacturers,  and the State to ensure that lead acid batteries are
    disposed of properly.
 
Executive Chamber
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $13.5
    million.
 
Financial Services
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $345
    million.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $65.9
    million.
 
Article VII (S.6405-B)
 
  *   PART   EE   -  The  Senate  advances  language  exempting  banking
    organizations with total  assets  of  less  than  one  billion  that
    receive  a  satisfactory  or  outstanding  rating  by  their primary
    federal regulator from the community reinvestment evaluation by  the
    Department of Financial Services.
  *  PART  FF  -  The Senate advances language to extend the examination
    cycle performed by the superintendent of the Department of Financial
    Services from annually to 18 months for  community  banks  under  $1
    billion  in  assets (currently $250 million) that meet certain other
    capital and conditional requirements.
  * PART GG - The Senate advances language to modify the community  bank
    deposit  program  to  increase  the ceiling for deposits made by the
    Comptroller and the Department of Tax and Finance to a level of $350
    million and establish a floor for  deposits  at  $150  million  each
    while also providing for regional distribution of the same.
  *  PART  HH  -  Advances  language  to  authorize the establishment of
    community bank service corporations to  permit  community  banks  to
    provide shared services among such banks.
 
Article VII (S.6406-B)
  *  PART NN - The Senate advances language directing the Superintendent
    of the Department of Financial Services to allow insurers to provide
 
    a discount to policyholders for the completion of a Natural Disaster
    Preparedness, Home Safety and Loss Prevention Course.
 
Article VII (S.4607-B)
  * PART C - The Senate denies the Executive's proposal to authorize the
    Department  of  Financial  Services  (DFS)  to  rank  each physician
    specialty and  territory  (geographical  region)  combinations  from
    highest  to  lowest  based  on  malpractice  risk for the purpose of
    distributing premiums for policy coverage from the Excess Pool.  The
    Senate extends the existing program for one year.
      o The Senate advances legislation to:
          - Mandate DFS to pursue formal liquidation proceedings  within
              thirty days of an insurer ceasing operations;
          -  Repeal the prior approval process and revert back to a file
              and use process for premium rate adjustments;
          - Require  DFS  to  examine  and  evaluate  the  provision  of
              long-term care insurance coverage in the state; and
          - The State must identify funding whether via settlement funds
              or  other  remaining  assets  to  ensure providers receive
              reimbursement pro-rata for their losses  from  the  Health
              Republic closure.
 
General Services, Office of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate modifies the Executive recommendation of $170.7 million
    to reduce funding by $1 million.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404 -A)
  * The Senate concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $129.8
    million.
 
Article VII Proposal (S.6405-B)
  *  PART  F:  The Senate modifies the Executive proposal to permanently
    authorize the Procurement  Stewardship  Act  and  the  Lobbying  Law
    proposal  by  extending  for  one  year until December 31, 2017. The
    Senate  is  committed  to  reaching  sensible  procurement  reforms,
    including  those  that passed both houses of the Legislature in 2015
    (S.3450 and S.5317-B) and reforms that clarify when  the  restricted
    period begins under the Procurement Lobbying Law.
 
General State Charges
 
State Operations(S.6400-B)
  *  The Senate modifies the Executive recommendation of $5.8 billion as
    follows:
 
Provides:
      o $35 million for the purchase of retirement  service  credits  by
        qualifying veterans;
      o  $21  million to the Division of State Police for fringe benefit
        reimbursement  related  to  patrol  and  other  law  enforcement
        activities on the New York State Thruway;
      o  $10.3  million  in  additional  funding  for the New York State
        Health Insurance Program; and,
      o $140 million for additional payments to the State Insurance Fund
        for Workers' Compensation benefits of State employees.
 
Reduces:
      o  General State Charges appropriation authority related to fringe
        benefits by $206  million  to  reflect  a  re-estimate  of  cash
        disbursements.
 
Denies:
      o Appropriation language that would authorize the transfer of $140
        million from the Workers' Compensation Administrative Assessment
        Reserve to the State Insurance Fund.
 
Article VII Proposal (S.6405-B)
  *  PART  J  -  Denies  the  proposal  to  have  State retirees' health
    insurance premiums change to a graduated system based on the  number
    of years of service.
  * PART K - Denies the proposal to cease State reimbursement for Income
    Related  Medicare  Adjustment Amounts (IRMAA) premium surcharges and
    Medicare  PART  B  premium  increases  related  to  social  security
    cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs).
  *  PART  O  -  Denies  the  modification of the existing PILOT payment
    schedule for  the  City  of  Albany  to  provide  $12.5  million  in
    additional payments.
  *  PART  Q  -  Advances  legislation to allow all honorably discharged
    veterans to purchase retirement service credit for up to three years
    of military service.
  * PART II -  Advances  legislation  to  create  a  minimum  accidental
    disability  benefit  of  three-quarters  of final average salary for
    police officers in the City of New York.
  * PART JJ - Advances legislation to  restore  disability  benefits  to
    pre-2009  levels for members of the New York City Fire Pension Fund,
    Corrections and Sanitation members of the New  York  City  Employees
    Retirement  System,  and Uniformed Court Officers who are members of
    the New York City Employees Retirement System.
 
Good Government and Ethics Reform (S.6511)
 
The Senate will consider  modification  to  the  Executive  Article  VII
entitled "Good Government and Ethics Reform." The Senate remains opposed
to  taxpayer  funded  campaigns  and  does  not believe that a full-time
professional legislature best represents the State.
 
Further, the Senate has already acted to amend the constitution to strip
a corrupt public official convicted of a felony of his or  her  pension.
The  Senate  will  seek  to  send  this  measure to the voters for final
approval. The Senate further has acted  on  a  bill  that  imposes  term
limits on legislative leaders and committee chairs (S.2722-D).
 
The  Senate  advances  a proposal for increased disclosure of sources of
funding for lobbyists and clients.
 
The Senate advances  reforms  to  ensure  the  Senate  Ethics  Committee
provides  meaningful  oversight and guidance to members and employees of
the Senate related to ethical conduct, best practices, and adherence  to
Senate  policies.  The  Senate will consider modifications to the Senate
Rules to bring this committee into alignment with the Assembly Committee
on Ethics and Guidance.
 
The Senate will consider amendments to the  Constitution  to  allow  the
Legislature  to  have  four  year  terms,  as  a  means  of reducing the
continuous cycle of campaigning.
 
The  Senate  will  consider  whether  a  political  consultant should be
permitted to register as a lobbyist. Legislation which  would  ban  such
practice has previously passed the Senate.
 
The  Senate  advances a proposal to require members of Regional Economic
Development Councils to be subject to the Code of Ethics  and  financial
disclosure requirements in the Public Officers Law.
 
The  Senate denies the Executive proposal to subject the legislature and
the legislative ethics commission to the same freedom of information law
provisions to which executive  agencies  are  subject.  The  legislative
process is inherently open to the public for input, scrutiny and review.
In  contrast,  the  public  is  made  aware  of  many  Executive  agency
activities only after they occur.  As such, for purposes of the  freedom
of  information  law,  these  branches  are  treated  differently.  This
differentiation is one that is recognized at the federal level as  well.
In   addition,  with  respect  to  the  legislative  ethics  commission,
confidentiality  encourages  individuals  to  proactively  seek   ethics
guidance.
 
The Senate advances a proposal to provide attorney's fees when an agency
unreasonably  denies  a  freedom  of  information  request (S.533B). The
Senate advances a proposal that limits the  time  state  agencies  would
have  to  appeal  article  78  supreme  court judgments against them for
violations of the freedom of information law (S.1531B).
 
The Senate believes that comprehensive ethics reform  must  ensure  that
the  public  trust  is restored in government. The Executive's proposals
will continue to be  considered  and  the  Senate  will  work  with  our
partners in government to achieve that goal.
 
Green Thumb Program
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $3.2
    million.
 
Greenway Heritage Conservancy of the Hudson River Valley
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $166,000.
 
Health, Department of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate modifies the Executive recommendation of $3.4 billion  as
    follows:
      o Denies the Executive's proposal to establish a two-year Medicaid
        budget,  and  reduces  appropriation  authority for the Medicaid
        Administration program to reflect one year of spending.
      o Denies $58.7 million for operations of the  New  York  State  of
        Health (NYSOH), the State's health benefit exchange.
 
      o  Repeals  the  authority  of the Early Intervention State Fiscal
        Agent to save $10.7 million  on  contractual  services  expenses
        annually.
      o  Transfers  $450,000  to  the Office of Alcoholism and Substance
        Abuse  Services  for  the  Fiscal  Year  (FY)  2015  Opiod  Drug
        Addiction, Prevention and Treatment Program.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate modifies the Executive's recommendation of $133.7 billion
    as follows:
 
Public Health:
      o  Denies  the  Executive  proposal  to  make changes to the Early
        Intervention program, and restores $5.4 million.
      o Restores funding for the following programs:
          - $1.375 million for Women's Health Initiatives
          - $1 million for Nurse Family Partnership
          - $600,000 for recommendations  of  the  Lyme  and  Tick-Borne
              Disease Task Force
          - $400,000 for Premium Health, Inc.
          - $332,000 for Comprehensive Care Centers for Eating Disorders
          - $310,000 for the Maternity and Early Childhood Foundation
          - $250,000 for the ALS Foundation of New York
          - $250,000 for the NY Alliance for Donation
          - $250,000 for the NY Dental Association Pilot
          - $250,000 for the University at Buffalo Rural Dentistry Pilot
          - $200,000 for the Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center
          - $175,000 for the Ezra Medical Center
          - $100,000 for the Lymphatic Tissue Bank
          - $75,000 for the Kirkside Retirement Home
          - $50,000 for the Epilepsy Foundation
      o Increases funding for the following programs or initiatives:
          - $750,000 for Comprehensive Care Centers for Eating Disorders
          - $500,000 for the Liver Transplant and Alliance for Donation
          -  $400,000  for  recommendations  of  the Lyme and Tick-Borne
              Disease Task Force
          - $121,000 for the University at Buffalo Rural Dentistry Pilot
      o Provides funding for the following programs or initiatives:
          - $4 million for health care initiatives
          - $1 million for the testing of sexual assault kits
          - $250,000  for  the  Integrated  Medical  Foundation-Prostate
              Cancer Initiative
          - $250,000 for Organ Donation Initiatives
      o  Provides  spending  authority  for  the Executive breast cancer
        screening initiative as follows:
          - $10.7 million  for  the  operational  costs  of  mammography
              equipped vehicles
          - $2.6 million for breast cancer patient navigators
          - $2 million for peer education grants
          -  $1  million  for  a  breast  cancer screening and awareness
              campaign
      o The Senate supports legislation that  would  assist  Seniors  in
        lowering drug costs through the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance
        Coverage (EPIC) program.
      o  The  Senate  supports  identifying  resources  to  continue the
        Healthy Food and Healthy Communities initiatives  which  provide
        grants and low interest loans for the development of new grocery
 
        stores.  Funds would be matched 2:1 by Goldman Sachs to maximize
        State resources.
 
Health Care Reform Act (HCRA):
      o   Denies   the  Executive  proposal  to  modify  the  allocation
        methodology for  premium  coverage  within  the  Excess  Medical
        Malpractice Coverage program, and restores $25 million.
      o  Increases funding to the Doctor's Across New York program by $4
        million to add 100 new physicians.
      o Authorizes  future  settlement  funds  to  be  used  to  advance
        payments  to  voluntary,  non-  profit  diagnostic and treatment
        centers, including Federal Qualified Health Center  and  Article
        31  clinics,  for  the 2015 federal share for uncompensated care
        costs. The Department is required to continue working  with  the
        federal  Centers  for  Medicare  and  Medicaid Services (CMS) to
        secure the 2015 and 2016 federal  share  of  uncompensated  care
        costs.  Upon  receipt  of  federal funding, the clinics would be
        required to return  any  advanced  reimbursement  to  the  State
        treasury.
 
Health Insurance:
      o  Requires  the Executive to identify funding or settlement funds
        in  addition  to  remaining  assets  to   reimburse   hospitals,
        physicians and producers pro-rata for losses associated with the
        demise   of  Health  Republic  upon  completion  of  the  formal
        liquidation process.
 
Medicaid:
      o Denies the Executive proposal to establish a  two-year  Medicaid
        budget,  and reduces Medicaid appropriation authority to reflect
        one year of spending.
      o Denies the Executive pharmacy proposals to:
          - Eliminate "prescriber prevails" for all drug classes in  Fee
              For  Service  (FFS)  and  managed care, and restores $20.7
              million;
          - Authorize DOH to apply a penalty for generic drugs if prices
              increase higher than the Consumer Price Index  (CPI);  and
              restores $23.8 million;
          -  Reduce  reimbursement rates for certain FFS specialty drugs
              to align rates with managed care plans, and restores  $1.8
              million; and
          -  Authorize  DOH  to require prior approval for certain drugs
              prior to the  approval  of  the  Drug  Utilization  Review
              Board, and restores $160,000.
      o Denies the Executive proposals to:
          -  Limit  Medicaid  reimbursement  for  services  provided  to
              individuals dually enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare  Part
              C, and restores $11.45 million;
          -  Eliminate  Spousal  Refusal  provisions,  and  restores $10
              million;
          - "Carve out" Managed Long Term Care transportation  services,
              and restores $8 million;
          -  "Carve out" Adult Day Home Care program transportation, and
              restores $3.2 million;
          - Reduce the community spousal resource asset  threshold  from
              $74,820 to $23,844 and restores $5.75 million;
          -  Restrict  Managed  Long  Term  Care Plan enrollment to only
              nursing home eligibles and restores $1.9 million; and
 
          -  Mandate  commercial  insurance  reimbursement  and   modify
              screening    and   evaluation   requirements   for   Early
              Intervention (EI) and restores $4.8 million.
      o Advances legislation to:
          -  Prohibit  the  limitation  of  Medicaid  reimbursement  for
              services  provided  to  individuals  dually  enrolled   in
              Medicaid  and Medicare Part D, and provides $24.9 million;
              and
          - Restore return on equity for  nursing  homes,  and  provides
              $6.3 million.
      o  Restores  $3  million for rural transit Medicaid transportation
        services.
      o Reprograms $10.2 million in funding for children's  health  home
        rate   enhancements   for  health  home  transitional  readiness
        expenses, including information technology costs.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  * The Senate modifies the Executive recommendation as follows:
      o Provides $300 million for the Oneida Health Care  Transformation
        program  to  adhere  with  a prior year Executive commitment for
        capital funding to transform the Utica Hospital system.  Funding
        will  enable  the  Utica region to comply with various Executive
        initiatives, including  the  Delivery  System  Reform  Incentive
        Program (DSRIP).
      o  Reduces  funding  for  the All Payer Data Base by $5 million to
        align with prior year spending levels.
      o Authorizes $5 million for mammography equipped vehicles in  line
        with the Executive breast cancer screening initiative.
 
OTHER CAPITAL
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6407-B)
  *  PART A - The Senate accepts the Executive proposal to eliminate the
    State takeover of local Medicaid growth for New York  City  only  by
    reverting  back  to  the  2005 uncompounded trend factor. The Senate
    will support the assumption of the State share of  the  local  costs
    associated  with  Medicaid  when the City of New York adheres to the
    property tax cap.
  * PART B - The Senate modifies the  Executive  proposal  to  implement
    Medicaid Redesign Team recommendations:
      o The Senate denies the proposals that would:
          -  "Carve-out"  the  Medicaid  Managed  Long  Term Care (MLTC)
              transportation benefit  from  the  Medicaid  Managed  Care
              program to fee-for-service (FFS);
          -   Eliminate   "prescriber   prevails"   provisions  for  the
              dispensing  of  prescription  drugs  under  the  FFS   and
              Medicaid Managed Care;
          -  Restrict  new  Medicaid MLTC plan enrollment to individuals
              requiring nursing home level of care;
          - Authorize DOH to require prior authorization for  FFS  drugs
              meeting Clinical Drug Review Program (CDRP) criteria prior
              to  the Drug Utilization Review (DUR) Board evaluating the
              drug;
          - Authorize DOH to set a price ceiling on critical brand  name
              "blockbuster"  drugs utilized in Medicaid Managed Care and
              FFS programs, and to require manufacturers  to  provide  a
              minimum level supplemental rebate to the State;
 
          - Authorize DOH to apply a penalty for generic drugs if prices
              increase higher than the Consumer Price Index (CPI);
          -  Reduce  reimbursement rates for certain FFS specialty drugs
              to align rates with managed care plans;
          - Authorize DOH  to  negotiate  directly  with  pharmaceutical
              manufacturers   for   supplemental   rebates  outside  the
              Preferred   Drug   Program   on   FFS   utilization    for
              anti-retrovirals and Hepatitis C agents;
          - Eliminate spousal impoverishment and require spousal support
              for the costs of community-based long-term care;
          -  Reduce  the community spousal resource asset threshold from
              $74,820 to $23,844;
          - Limit  Medicaid  reimbursement  for  Medicare  Part  C  dual
              eligible claims to the Medicaid rate;
          -  Restrict  Managed  Long  Term  Care Plan enrollment to only
              nursing home eligibles; and
          - Extend the Global Cap for one year.
      o The Senate modifies the proposals to:
          - Establish tiered penalties for the submission of late and/or
              inaccurate encounter data for Managed  Care  Organizations
              (MCOs)  by  exempting plans from penalties if they are not
              responsible for delays and  limiting  the  length  of  the
              penalty to four months;
          -  Require  MCOs  to  implement prior authorization for opioid
              analgesic refills exceeding four prescriptions  in  thirty
              days by "carving out" hospice providers; and
          -  Extend  the State Medicaid Global Cap for one year, through
              March 31, 2018,  while  making  changes  to  the  Medicaid
              Savings  Allocation  Plan  and  enhance  reporting  to the
              public and Legislature.
      o The Senate advances legislation to:
          - Prohibit the Adult Day Health  Care  program  transportation
              "carve out" from Medicaid Managed Care;
          -  Require  DOH  to  conduct  an annual review of non-emergent
              Medicaid  transportation  managers  to   ensure   quality,
              access, and cost effectiveness;
          -  Audit  the  implementation  of  the Medicaid transportation
              manager  and  require  DOH  to  review  the  adequacy   of
              ambulance medical transportation rates and report findings
              to the Legislature;
          -  "Carve  out"  the  Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Nursing
              Home Transition  Diversion  (NHTD)  Waiver  programs  from
              Medicaid Managed Care;
          -  Delay the "carve in" of School Based Health Center services
              into Medicaid Managed care, and  permanently  "carve  out"
              behavioral health services;
          - Repeal Medicaid Part B crossover provisions from FY 2016;
          -  Establish a nursing home pilot for Special Needs Facilities
              to reduce hospital admissions;
          -  Authorize  the  capital  reimbursement   for   a   specific
              residential  health  care  facility  that  is currently in
              receivership to be calculated at the purchase price of the
              facility;
          - Sunset return on equity  provisions  for  nursing  homes  on
              March 31, 2016;
          - Repeal the Mental Hygiene Stabilization Fund in 2021;
          -  Establish  a  Medicaid  Redesign  Team (MRT) Accountability
              Process  to  review  previously  implemented  initiatives,
 
              including  the  Medicaid transportation manager and Health
              Homes;
          -  Authorize  the DUR Board and Medicaid Managed Care plans to
              impose  prior  authorization  on  drugs  that   experience
              excessive  price  increases  and  authorize  the  Attorney
              General to prosecute price gouging of prescription drugs;
          - Expand "Prescriber Prevails" provisions to all drug  classes
              in Medicaid Managed Care;
          -  Authorize DOH to make rate adjustments to reimbursement for
              ventilator services for certain facilities;
          - Reduce opioid abuse by  ensuring  the  U.S.  Food  and  Drug
              Administration  (FDA)-approved  abuse-deterrent  drugs are
              dispensed whenever prescribed and are not interchanged;
          - Reduce Medicaid drug costs by  promoting  the  inclusion  of
              highly  utilized non-preferred drugs on the preferred drug
              list;
          - Maximize drug rebate  collection  by  establishing  a  pilot
              program   to  utilize  third  party  vendors  to  validate
              existing Medicaid drug rebate claims;
          - Eliminate the FY 2012 two percent reduction  to  Article  16
              Clinics;
          -  Set  the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) outpatient rates at
              101 percent of reasonable costs; and
          - Authorize providers who are unable to submit  timely  claims
              for  Medicaid  payments due to unforeseen technical issues
              to be eligible to receive reimbursement.
 
  * Part B-1 - The Senate advances language to require the Department of
    Health to establish the Disability Clinician Advisory Group.
  * PART C - The Senate denies the Executive's proposal to authorize the
    Department of  Financial  Services  (DFS)  to  rank  each  physician
    specialty  and  territory  (geographical  region)  combinations from
    highest to lowest based on  malpractice  risk  for  the  purpose  of
    distributing premiums for policy coverage from the Excess Pool.  The
    Senate extends the existing program for one year.
      o The Senate advances legislation to:
          -  Mandate DFS to pursue formal liquidation proceedings within
              thirty days of an insurer ceasing operations;
          - Repeal the prior approval process and revert back to a  file
              and use process for premium rate adjustments;
          -  Require  DFS  to  examine  and  evaluate  the  provision of
              long-term care insurance coverage in the state; and
          -  Require  an  external  audit  to  review  the  accuracy  of
              methodologies used by FAIR Health, Inc. in the compilation
              of the benchmark database.
  *  PART  D - The Senate modifies the Executive proposal to permanently
    extend various provisions of the Public Health, Social Services  and
    Mental Hygiene Laws by denying permanent extensions.
      o The Senate advances legislation to:
          -  Extend  provisions related the New York State Environmental
              Facilities and Cancer Mapping project for five years;
          - Permanently extend provisions related to Lauren's Law; and
          - The Senate supports  continued  efforts  to  increase  organ
              donation  awareness and utilization of multiple mechanisms
              to register.
 
  * PART E - The Senate denies the Executive's proposal to make  reforms
    to the Early Intervention program.
 
  *  PART  F  - The Senate denies the Executive's proposal to modify the
    Oneida Health Care Facility Transformation program.
  * PART P - The Senate advances legislation to:
      o  Maintain  the  current  status of NORCS and Neighborhood NORCS,
        require the Director of State  Office  of  Aging  to  meet  with
        stakeholders  and  evaluate  the  current  NORC and Neighborhood
        NORCs systems, and provide a  report  to  the  Legislature  with
        recommendations for programmatic changes;
      o   Authorize   a   public   education  campaign  that  emphasizes
        zero-tolerance for elder abuse;
      o Require DOH to create an Elder Abuse and Maltreatment  Screening
        tool;
      o  Require  the  establishment of an interagency clearinghouse for
        reporting cases of abuse;
      o Establish multidisciplinary investigative teams for the  purpose
        of   investigating   reports   of   suspected   elder  abuse  or
        maltreatment; and
      o Authorize banks to refuse payment of moneys when there is reason
        to  believe  that  a  vulnerable  adult  is  being   financially
        exploited.
  * PART R - The Senate advances legislation to:
      o  Establish  an Office of Accountability within the DOH to ensure
        timely meetings of the various workgroups  established  pursuant
        to  Public  Health Law, and to ensure all reports required under
        Public Health Law are distributed in a timely manner.
      o Extend the effective date of  delinquent  reports  in  order  to
        allow  the  Department  of  Health  ensure  their completion and
        appropriate distribution.
  * PART S - The  Senate  advances  language  to  require  managed  care
    companies  to  provide reimbursement to ambulatory behavioral health
    providers in an amount equivalent to Medicaid fee-for-services rates
    by extending Ambulatory Patient Group rates by four years to 2021.
  * PART U - The Senate  advances  legislation  to  require  all  sexual
    assault  evidence  kits  surrendered  to police be sent for analysis
    within 10 days.
  * PART V - The Senate advances legislation to:
      o Permit practitioners issuing less than twenty-five prescriptions
        per year with the option of prescribing electronically;
      o Streamline the Doctors Across New York program;
      o Permit the use of appropriated EQUAL program funds at  any  time
        during the fiscal year.
      o   Promote   the   establishment   of   a   healthcare   facility
        infrastructure development demonstration program;
      o Authorize a private equity pilot program for  increased  capital
        investment in health care delivery system restructuring;
      o Repeal the state fiscal agent for early intervention services;
      o  Authorize  the distribution of unallocated state aid for public
        health municipalities, to give municipalities one  year  advance
        notice  prior to implementing any administrative limits on state
        aid, and to reimburse municipalities for one hundred percent  of
        costs  associated  with  the  first  year  of  a  public  health
        emergency.
  * PART O - The Senate advances legislation to increase the State share
    Supplemental Security Income allowance for Adult Care Facilities  by
    $7.50 per day over three years.
  * The Senate advances legislation to establish a statewide Health Care
    Facility  Transformation  program to provide capital and non-capital
 
    funding  to  health  care  providers,  including   community   based
    providers.
  * The Senate supports legislation to:
      o Assist Seniors by lowering drug costs through the EPIC program;
      o  Require  DFS  to  study the issue of whether there is a need to
        make adjustments  to  the  provisional  physician  credentialing
        requirements;
      o Establish a veteran's home and community based pilot program;
      o  Ensure appropriate actuarially sound rates of payment, and long
        term sustainability, for Medicaid Manage Long  Term  Care  plans
        and  Medicaid Managed Care plans as the State's Medicaid program
        finalizes its transition from Medicaid FFS to Managed Care; and
      o Ensure continued  access  to  appropriate  funding  streams  for
        voluntary  and  public  hospital  facilities throughout New York
        State,  including  the  New  York  City  Health  and   Hospitals
        Corporation; and
      o  Amend  the  insurance  law  to  return the definition of "small
        group" to one to fifty employees or members of such a group.
      o Authorize the Department of Health to transfer  ventilator  beds
        between  nursing  home  facilities  owned  by  a common operator
        provided they are being transferred to a nursing home located in
        the same geographic area.
 
Medicaid Inspector General, Office of the
 
State Operations
  * The Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $52.7
    million.
 
Higher Education Capital Matching Grants Program
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $30 million.
 
Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC)
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate reduces the Executive proposal by $1 million.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate modifies the Executive recommendation as follows:
      o Denies $27 million to enact the DREAM Act.
      o Provides an additional $37.9 million to enact changes to the TAP
        Program.
      o  Provides  an  additional  $250,000  for  the Social Worker Loan
        Forgiveness Program.
      o Provides an additional $4.6 million  for  the  STEM  Scholarship
        Program.
      o  Provides  an additional $50,000 to provide loan forgiveness for
        Ag educators.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6407-B)
  * PART F -  The  Senate  denies  the  Executive  proposal  to  provide
    financial aid for undocumented students.
  * PART G - The Senate accepts the Executive proposal to extend various
    scholarship programs for five years and enact conforming changes.
  *  PART  U  -  The  Senate  advances  language to conform the New York
    financial aid award letter with the federal award letter.
 
  * PART W - The Senate advances language to conform the State financial
    aid application process with the federal application process.
  *  PART  CC  -  The  Senate  advances  language  to require additional
    reporting from schools in the private  sector  in  order  to  better
    understand and control cost drivers in higher education costs.
  *  PART  DD  -  The  Senate  advances  language  to  expand  the  STEM
    Scholarship Program to independent colleges and universities.
  * PART EE - The Senate advances language to create a loan  forgiveness
    program for agriculture educators.
  *  PART  MM - The Senate advances language to create a prepaid tuition
    program.
  * PART OO - The Senate advances language to increase TAP payments  and
    raise the income eligibility ceiling from $80,000 to $100,000, for a
    total State investment of $89 million.
 
Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Division of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $65 million.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $1.5
    billion.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6405-B)
  * PART C  -  Concurs  with  the  Executive  proposal  in  relation  to
    suspending  the  transfer  of  monies  into  the  Emergency Services
    Revolving Loan Fund from the Public Safety Communications Account.
  * PART D  -  Modifies  the  Executive  proposal  to  transfer  certain
    functions  to  the  Division  of  State  Police from the Division of
    Homeland Security and Emergency Services, as follows:
      o Subpart A -  Establishes  the  Bureau  of  Counterterrorism  and
        Intelligence  (BCTI),  and  the  Bureau  of Cyber Security (BCS)
        within the Division of State Police, and to define the  purpose,
        appointment procedures, information sharing responsibilities and
        offices of such bureaus.
      o  Subpart  B  -  Renames  the  Division  of Homeland Security and
        Emergency Services' Office of Counterterrorism to the Office  of
        Counterterrorism,  Intelligence  and Cyber Security, and further
        defines the responsibilities of such office.
      o Subpart C - Establishes the New York State  Terrorist  Registry,
        which would:  establish a New York State Registry for Terrorists
        who  live, work or attend an educational institution in New York
        State (based upon the model of the Megan's Law registry for  sex
        offenders);
      o  Subpart  D  -  Requires  the  Commissioner  of  the Division of
        Homeland Security and Emergency Services, in  consultation  with
        the  Superintendent  of  State  Police,  the  Chief  Information
        Officer, and the President of the Center for Internet  Security,
        to prepare and issue a five year report on Cyber Security.
      o  Subpart  E  -  Establishes  the  New  York State Cyber Security
        Initiative, and creates the Cyber Security Advisory  Board,  the
        Cyber  Security  Partnership  Program,  and  the  Cyber Security
        Information Sharing Program.
      o Subpart F - Establishes protocols and standards for persons  and
        entities who collect and maintain personal information, in order
        to  protect  against  the  unauthorized access to, and theft and
        misappropriation of, this information.
 
      o Subpart G - Keeps and maintains in place the previously  enacted
        New  York  State  sanctions  against  the  financial  and energy
        sectors of the Islamic Republic of Iran, unless a duly  executed
        treaty  approved  by  two-thirds  of  the  United  States Senate
        abrogates the same in accordance with Federal law.
      o  Subpart  I  -  Creates  the  NY  Cares  Act,  to prohibit local
        governments  and  entities,  including  sheriff's   departments,
        municipal  police  departments  and district attorney's offices,
        from adopting laws or policies which impede  or  interfere  with
        the enforcement of federal homeland security laws.
      o  Subpart J - Authorizes the transfer of the current State Police
        civilian personnel assigned to the Division of Homeland Security
        and Emergency Services Office of Counter Terrorism, who  perform
        intelligence and analysis on counter terrorism, to the Bureau of
        Counter  Terrorism  and  Intelligence  of  the Division of State
        Police.
 
Housing and Community Renewal
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $92.5
    million with the following modification:
      o Denies funding for the Tenant Protection Unit.
 
Aid To Localities (S.6403-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation of $85.1
    million.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  * The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $2.1
    billion, with the following modifications:
      o  The Senate amends the Supportive and Affordable Housing Program
        by providing for additional housing priorities, including:
          - Middle Income Housing Program;
          - Community Reinvestment Program;
          - Rural Mobile Home Replacement Program;
          - Tenant Rent Increase Exemption (TRIE) Program;
          - Community Development  Financial  Institutions  to  leverage
              funding   and   create   more  housing  opportunities  for
              developmental disabilities population;
          - Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program;
          - Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Program;
          - Senior Citizen Homeowners Exemption;
          - Disabled Homeowners Exemption;
          - New York City Housing Authority capital projects; and
          - Helping  New  Yorkers  at  risk  of  foreclosure,  including
              mortgage assistance.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6406-B)
  *  PART P - Modifies the Executive proposal to utilize $150 million in
    excess Mortgage Insurance Fund reserves to provide:
      o An additional $5 million for the Rural Mobile  Home  Replacement
        Program.
  * PART Y - Creates the Rural Mobile Home Replacement Program.
  * PART Z - Provides technical corrections to rent regulation statutes.
  * PART AA - Creates the Tenant Rent Increase Exemption Program.
  *  PART  GG  -  Creates  a  New  York  City  Housing  Authority Repair
    Certificate Program.
 
  * PART HH - Authorizes New York City Council oversight of the New York
    City Housing Authority.
  * PART II - Establishes the Public Housing Revitalization Fund.
  * PART JJ - Creates the Middle Income Housing Tax Credit Program.
  *  PART  KK  -  Provides  legislation  for  the Community Reinvestment
    Program.
  * PART LL - Provides legislation to increase  income  limits  for  the
    Senior  Citizen  Rent  Increase Exemption Program, the Disabled Rent
    Increase Exemption Program, and the Senior Homeowner  Exemption  and
    Disabled Homeowner Exemption.
  * PART PP - Allows for preferences to veterans for public housing.
  * PART QQ - Allows for preferences and priorities to domestic violence
    victims for public housing in New York City.
  *  PART  RR - Increases and indexes to inflation the assessed value of
    property that is eligible for the J-51 tax benefit program.
  * PART SS - Requires community notification and community input to the
    New York City Planning Commission on the siting  of  Social  Service
    and  supportive  housing  facilities  and  operation  of  supportive
    housing facilities.
 
Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $185,000.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $136,000.
 
Human Rights, Division of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $18 million.
 
Indigent Legal Services, Office of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $3.2
    million.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation of $96.2
    million.
      o The Senate recommends that funding be provided for the remaining
        57 counties which have not been given the same level of  funding
        as five other counties which brought litigation (Hurrell-Harring
        Settlement) for increased indigent criminal counsel services.
 
Information Technology Services, Office For
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive recommendation of $542.5
    million.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  * The Senate concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $155.2
    million with the following modification:
      o  The  Senate  eliminates  a  $20.9  million  reapproporation for
        various technology projects.
 
Inspector General, Office of the State
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $7.2
    million.
 
Insurance and Securities Funds Reserve Guarantee
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $1.6
    billion.
 
Interest on Lawyers Account
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $1.8
    million.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $45 million.
 
Judiciary
 
Legislature and Judiciary (S.6401)
  * The Senate modifies the  Office  of  Court  Administration  to  fund
    necessary increases for judicial salaries.
 
Judicial Conduct, Commission on
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $5.6 million
    and:
      o   Provides  $93,000  of  additional  funding  for  personal  and
        non-personal service.
 
Judicial Nominations, Commission on
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
      o The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $30,000.
 
Judicial Screening Committees
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
      o The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $38,000.
 
Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $53.9
    million.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $649,000.
 
Labor, Department of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
 
  *  The  Senate modifies the Executive recommendation of $573.6 million
    to  remove  the  appropriation  of  $5  million  for  the   Interest
    Assessment Surcharge (IAS).
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate modifies the Executive recommendation as follows:
      o Restores:
          - $1.6 million to the Displaced Homemaker Program;
          - $980,000 to the Chamber-On-The-Job Training Program;
          -  $155,000 to the New York Council on Occupational Safety and
              Health (NYCOSH), located on Long Island;
          - $200,000 to the Building Trades  Pre-Apprenticeship  Program
              (BTPAP) located in Rochester;
          -  $200,000  to  a  Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program
              (BTPAP) located in Nassau County;
          - $200,000 to a  Building  Trades  Pre-Apprenticeship  Program
              (BTPAP) located in Western New York;
          -  $200,000  to  the  Western  New  York Council on Safety and
              Health (WNYCOSH);
          - $4 million to the Workforce Development Institute (WDI);
          - $3 million to the WDI Manufacturing Initiative;
          - $50,000 to the Rochester Tooling and Machining Institute;
          - $50,000 to Team STEPPS, the long term  training  program  at
              the  Academy  for Leadership in Long Term Care at St. John
              Fisher;
          - $100,000 to Hillside Works;
          - $300,000 to  the  Summer  of  Opportunity  Youth  Employment
              Program, located in Rochester;
          -  $300,000 to the North American Logger Training School to be
              hosted at Paul Smith's College;
          -   $125,000   Midwood   Development   Corporation   for   the
              Supplemental Sanitation and Supported Employment Program;
          - $300,000 for Youth Build programs located in New York State;
          - $150,000 to the Cornell Leadership Institute;
          -  $150,000  to  the  Domestic Violence Program of the Cornell
              University Labor Extension School;
          - $400,000 to the Worker Institute at the  Cornell  School  of
              Industrial and Labor Relations; and,
          - $500,000 to Brooklyn Goes Global, Good Help and the Brooklyn
              Neighborhood Entrepreneurship programs administered by the
              Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
      o Provides:
          -  $500,000  to  the  Manufacturers Association of Central New
              York for  the  Manufacturers  Intermediary  Apprenticeship
              Program; and
          -  Supports  extension of On The Job Training program in Tioga
              County, within amounts available.
 
Article VII Proposal (S.6405-B)
  * PART L - The Senate accepts the Executive proposal to extend binding
    arbitration for three years.
 
Article VII Proposal (S.6406-B)
  * PART J - The Senate denies  the  Executive  proposal  to  alter  the
    composition of the State Apprenticeship and Training Council.
 
  *  PART  K - The Senate will consider an increase in the current State
    minimum wage based on an objective economic analysis. Primary  among
 
    the  factors to consider is that the minimum wage has just commenced
    the last year of a three-year, phased-in increase to $9.00 per hour;
    the impacts of this phase-in, the subsequent increase in the  tipped
    wage  to $7.50 per hour; and the actions of the fast food wage board
    which mandated a phased-in increase reaching $15.00 per hour.
 
The analysis must also take into account:  the  impact  on  workers  and
businesses'   ability   to  maintain  and  to  create  jobs;  the  total
compensation  of  employees;  wages  authorized  under  the  Fair  Labor
Standards  Act and the impact of any increase on the various wage orders
for the tipped wage; the impact an increase would have  on  the  state's
spending  levels;  reimbursement  rates  for  health  care  workers, the
not-for-profit sector, the voluntary providers and state workers in  the
human  services  field,  school  districts,  and  others; the impact and
potential offsets necessary for our  farms  and  small  businesses;  the
benefit  levels  for the state and federal earned income tax credit; the
overall impact on state benefits provided to low wage workers;  and  the
overall  impact  on  New  York's  economy including competitiveness with
neighboring states and further to consider the proper phase-in  schedule
of an increase in the minimum wage and regionally disparate impacts.
 
Further,  any  enactment  should  include  an  independent  study of the
impacts the most recent increase has had on job creation and  retention,
worker  health  and  welfare,  and other economic indicia of the state's
overall financial standing, as well  as  the  impacts  of  the  proposed
increase.
 
The  goal of creating and continuing opportunities for families requires
that the State thoughtfully analyze and thoroughly study the impacts  of
any proposed increase.
 
  *  PART  UU  -  The  Senate  advances  language to exempt agricultural
    employers from paying  for  unemployment  coverage  for  alien  farm
    laborers, who are federally ineligible to receive such benefits.
 
  *  The Senate supports language to statutorily repeal the authority of
    the  Commissioner  of  Labor  to  collect  an  interest   assessment
    surcharge  on  employers  to  fund  the Unemployment Insurance Trust
    Fund.
 
Labor Management Committees
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $20.8
    million.
 
Law, Department of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive recommendation of $226.8
    million.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $10 million.
 
Lieutenant Governor, Office of the
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
 
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $614,000.
 
Local Government Assistance
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $2.5
    million.
 
Aid To Localities (S.6403-B)
 
The Senate modifies the Executive recommendation of  $813.5  million  as
follows:
  * Restores:
      o $2 million in Village Per Capital Aid;
      o  $125,000  for  a  shared  services  initiative  in  the City of
        Syracuse;
      o $75,000 Mastic Beach;
      o $2,000 Sagaponack;
      o $19,000 South Blooming Grove;
      o $27,000 Woodbury;
      o $92,500 Cayuga County;
      o $340,000 Franklin County; and,
      o $340,000 Seneca County;
  * Adds:
      o $400,000 City of Cortland and Oneonta; and,
      o $1 million  for  a  disabled  volunteer  fireighter  recruitment
        program.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6405-B)
  *  PART  X  - Advances language to require the Commissioner of General
    Services  and  the  Commissioner  of  the  Office  for  People  with
    Developmental  Disabilities  to produce a report concerning the most
    appropriate uses of the J.N. Adam Developmental  Center  located  in
    Perrysburg, NY.
  *  PART  Y  -  Advances  language  to  authorize the Office of General
    Services to transfer certain parcels of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric
    Center to the City of Ogdensburg for fair market value.
  * PART Z - Advances language to expand coverage  under  the  Volunteer
    Firefighter's  Benefit  Law  to  include  coverage for cancer of the
    digestive,    hematological,    lymphatic,    urinary,     prostate,
    neurological, breast and reproductive systems.
  *  PART  AA - Advances language to increase the maximum weekly benefit
    provided to volunteer firefighters injured in the  course  of  their
    volunteer  from  $400 to $800 and establishes an annual increase for
    this benefit.
  * PART BB - Advances language  to  allow  the  Town  of  Riverhead  to
    refinance bonds that were authorized for the purchase of land within
    the town for a period of usefulness up to 50 years.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6408-B)
  *  PART P: The Senate denies the Executive proposal to expand the real
    property tax exemption for Anaerobic Digesters.
 
The Senate supports increasing the reserve fund  for  tax  stabilization
where power plants are being eliminated from the local tax base.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6409-B)
 
  *  PART  ZZ:  The Senate advances language to modify the Indian Gaming
    revenue share distribution for the City of Niagara Falls;
 
The  Senate  is committed to studying the unintended implications of the
property tax cap including: the impact of voter  initiated  referendums,
negative tax cap calculations, and the lack of consideration in the levy
formula  for  BOCES  capital  expenses  and the calculation of growth in
PILOTs.
 
Mental Health, Office of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $2.2
    billion, however denies the following:
      o  $500,000  to provide staff for a separate correctional facility
        for youth ages 16-17;
      o  Appropriation  language  to   notwithstand   notification   and
        reinvestment   requirements  for  State-operated  inpatient  bed
        reductions; and
      o Appropriation language  that  would  allow  for  restoration  to
        competency treatment in jail and prison based settings.
  * The Senate continues to oppose the closure and merger of Western New
    York Children's Psychiatric Center.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $1.4
    billion, however provides the following restorations:
      o $3.2 million for the  Joseph  P.  Dwyer  Veteran  Peer  to  Peer
        Program;
      o $2.5 million for community reinvestment;
      o $500,000 for Crisis Intervention Teams;
      o $500,000 for Children's Prevention and Awareness Initiatives;
      o $300,000 for FarmNet;
      o $175,000 for the South Fork Mental Health Initiative;
      o  $100,000  for  the North Country Behavioral Healthcare Network;
        and
      o $100,000 for the Mental Health Association in  New  York  State,
        Inc.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $323
    million.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6407-B)
  * PART H - The Senate modifies the Executive proposal in  relation  to
    exempt  income recovery by allowing such recoveries for one year and
    require reporting.
  * PART K - The Senate denies without prejudice the Executive  proposal
    to  allow for restoration to competency treatment in jail and prison
    based settings.
 
Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Office of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $119.5
    million.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
 
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $474
    million, and provides additional funding to address the  heroin  and
    opioid  epidemic,  by  providing  funding  to strengthen prevention,
    treatment,  recovery,  and   education   initiatives   through   the
    following:
      o  $10  million  for  transitional housing, with 25 percent of the
        funding to be dedicated for young adults;
      o $6.5 million for recovery services;
      o $3.85 million for Recovery Community Centers;
      o $2 million for school prevention efforts;
      o $2 million for Recovery Coaches;
      o $1 million for Family Support Navigator programs;
      o $450,000 for opioid drug  addiction,  prevention  and  treatment
        programs; and
      o $200,000 for Family Support Navigator training.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $23 million.
 
Mental Hygiene, Department of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $600
    million.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6403-B)
  * PART J - The Senate denies the Executive  proposal  to  notwithstand
    licensure   requirements   for   social   workers,   mental   health
    practitioners, and psychologists working in certain settings.
      o Additionally, the  Senate  denies  the  Executive  appropriation
        language  for  the  Office  of  Alcoholism  and  Substance Abuse
        Services, the Office of Mental Health, and the Office for People
        with Developmental Disabilities.
  * PART L - The Senate  modifies  the  Executive  proposal  to  provide
    authority  to  the Office of Mental Health and the Office for People
    with Developmental Disabilities to appoint  temporary  operators  as
    follows:
      o  Sunset  the  provisions  for  three years to March 31, 2019 and
        include notification requirements.
      o The Senate advances legislation to also make  these  changes  to
        existing   authority   for   adult  homes  and  substance  abuse
        providers.
      o The Senate denies the Executive proposal to authorize the Office
        of Children and Family Services and the Office of Temporary  and
        Disability Assistance to appoint temporary operators.
 
People with Developmental Disabilities, Office for
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $2.1
    billion, except that $14.5 million is earmarked for additional state
    operated respite services to address  the  current  severe  lack  of
    available  respite  services, easing the burden on family caregivers
    while allowing individuals with developmental disabilities to remain
    a part of the community longer.
  * The Senate allocates $12 million for  continued  support  of  "care"
    pilot programs; continuing the already extraordinary successes these
    critical  state  operated  programs  have achieved: these funds will
 
    equip each pilot program with crucial resources required to meet the
    ever increasing needs of the individuals  and  families  within  the
    developmentally disabled community.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $2.2
    billion, and provides:
      o $100,000 for Human Care Services for Families and Children, and
      o $18,000 for the Living Resources Corporation.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $28 million.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6407-B)
  * The Senate advances legislation to:
      o Prohibit the Office for People with  Developmental  Disabilities
        from  taking  any action designed to close, consolidate, reduce,
        transfer, or limit the census of State- operated  Individualized
        Residential  Alternatives.  This  legislation  will  prevent the
        reduction of crucial service options and encourage  support  for
        more  readily  available  housing  opportunities for individuals
        with developmental disabilities;
      o Provide protections for individuals who are unable or  unwilling
        to  transition from sheltered workshops to integrated employment
        settings; and
      o Create a Direct Support Professional Credential Pilot Program.
  *  The  Senate  proposes  assisting  sheltered  workshops  to  provide
    existing  services  and  transition  into  integrated businesses, as
    appropriate.
 
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive proposal of $2.4 billion.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  * The Senate  recommends  the  Metropolitan  Transportation  Authority
    (MTA)  conduct  and  fund  a study, in conjunction with the NYPD, in
    regards to crime rates on different bus  lines,  and  the  potential
    cost to station police directly on the most dangerous bus lines.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6408-B)
  *  PART  A - The Senate modifies the Executive proposal to commit $8.3
    billion to the MTA and increase the MTA bond cap from $41.9  billion
    to $55.5 billion as follows:
      o Requires the State to provide $3.5 billion in additional funding
        toward the 2015- 2019 Department of Transportation Capital Plan;
        and
      o Eliminates language that would increase the MTA bond cap.
  *  PART  B  -  The  Senate  denies the Executive proposal to enact MTA
    procurement reforms  pursuant  to  an  agreement  on  transportation
    capital plans.
  *  PART  C  -  The  Senate  denies the Executive proposal to enact MTA
    project delivery reforms, including the shift of utility  relocation
    costs  for  MTA construction projects to utility companies, pursuant
    to an agreement on transportation capital plans.
  * PART KK - The Senate advances language to allow  Brooklyn  residents
    living  in a zip code within a 6-mile radius of the Verrazano Bridge
 
    to be considered a Staten Island Resident under the Verrazano Bridge
    Rebate Program and be reimbursed by the MTA under this program.
 
Military and Naval Affairs, Division of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation of $81.4
    million.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $900,000.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $47 million.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6405-B)
  * PART E - Concurs with the Executive  proposal  to  extend  for  five
    years  the Recruitment Incentive and Retention Program that provides
    a direct payment of college tuition for certain  active  members  of
    the  New  York Army National Guard, New York Air National Guard, and
    the New York Naval Militia, from September 1, 2016  until  September
    1, 2021.
  *  PART  U - Advances legislation which would increase the penalty for
    the assault or murder of a member of the military when  the  accused
    committed the assault with the intention of preventing the member of
    the military or reserves from performing their lawful duty.
 
Mortgage Agency, State of New York
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation of $76.8
    million.
 
Aid To Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $115.5
    million.
 
Motor Vehicles, Department of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive proposal of $87.6 million.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive proposal of $21.6 million.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive proposal of $216.6 million.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6408-B)
  *  PART  D  -  Concurs with the Executive proposal to consolidate four
    existing Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)  Special  Revenue  Funds
    into the Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund (DHBTF).
  * PART E - Concurs with the Executive proposal to bring the State into
    compliance  with federal regulations regarding covered farm vehicles
    and P endorsements for commercial passenger vehicles.
  * PART LL - Advances language to increase funding  to  the  Snowmobile
    Trail Development and Maintenance Fund.
 
  *  PART  MM - Advances language to require the inspection of tinted or
    shaded windows, airbag systems, and antilock  brake  systems  during
    the required periodic inspection of motor vehicles.
  *  PART  OO  -  Advances language to establish behavioral-based driver
    retraining programs and the behavioral-based driver retraining pilot
    program fund.
  * PART PP - Advances language to provide a  ten  percent  discount  on
    senior citizen drivers license fees.
  *  PART  QQ  -  Advances  language  to  create  an  ATV Trail Fund and
    establish an ATV trail plan.
  * PART RR - Advances language to legalize electric bicycles.
 
National And Community Service
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive All  Funds  Recommendation  of
    $30.3 million.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs with the Executive All Funds Recommendation of
    $350,000.
 
Power Authority of New York State
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6405-B)
  * PART N - The Senate modifies language to sweep $20 million from  the
    New  York  State  Power  Authority  (NYPA)  to  the  General Fund by
    increasing the sweep to $90 million.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6408-B)
  * PART Q  -  The  Senate  denies,  without  prejudice,  language  that
    proposes to transfer authority of the Canal Corporation from the New
    York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) to the New York Power Authority
    (NYPA).
 
Power Authority Asset Transfer
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $279
    million.
 
Olympic Regional Development Authority
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $4.3
    million.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $7.5
    million, and includes the following:
      o $10 million for the Olympic Ski Jump Complex.
 
Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $224.3
    million,  and  supports  funding  for  the  Orchard  Beach  pavilion
    restoration project.
 
Aid To Localities (S.6403-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation of $11.3
    million, with the following modification:
      o Restores funds to reimburse governmental entities  that  enforce
        provisions  of the Navigation Law, and provides additional funds
        to allow for increasing the reimbursement rate  from  50  to  75
        percent. Currently local governments that enforce the Navigation
        Law  are  reimbursed 50 percent of their expenses. The Executive
        would reduce this rate to 25 percent. The Senate  provides  $1.8
        million to restore the reimbursement to 75 percent.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive recommendation of $154.7
    million, with the following modification:
      o Denies, without prejudice,  $92.5  million  in  New  York  Works
        capital funding for State Parks.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6408-B)
  *  PART  V - The Senate modifies the proposal to reduce the authorized
    reimbursement rate paid to governmental  entities  that  voluntarily
    enforce  certain  provisions of the Navigation Law 79-b Program from
    50 percent to 25 percent, by increasing reimbursement to 75 percent.
 
Prevention of Domestic Violence, Office of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $3.7
    million.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $1.4
    million.
 
Public Employment Relations Board
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $3.5
    million.
 
Public Ethics, Joint Commission On
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $5.6
    million.
 
Public Service
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $84.7
    million.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation of $5.75
    million.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6408-B)
  * PART K  -  The  Senate  denies,  without  prejudice,  the  Executive
    proposal   to   have   the  Department  of  Health  conduct  certain
 
    advertising campaigns funded from  a  special  assessment  on  cable
    television companies.
  *  PART L - The Senate accepts language that exempts the State's forty
    municipally  owned  gas  and  electric  utilities  (MOUs)  from  the
    mandatory  evidentiary  hearing  that  is currently required for all
    municipal rate cases. The Senate denies language  that  extends  the
    length  of time the PSC has to approve utility sought rate increases
    from 11 to 15 months.
  * PART X - The Senate provides language to increase the  net  metering
    limit for anaerobic digesters.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6407-B)
  *  PART  W  - The Senate provides language to codify a motion filed by
    the PSC on February 24th which creates a nuclear bridge program  for
    certain  nuclear power plants in New York State. The Senate provides
    up to $100 million in financial support from RGGI for the benefit of
    nuclear facilities that are not  currently  financially  viable  but
    remain operational.
 
Gaming Commission:
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  appropriation of $113.5
    million.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  appropriation  of  $130.5
    million.
 
Racing Reform Program
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate concurs with Executive re-appropriation of $2 million.
 
Regulatory Reform
 
State, Department of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $143 million
    and modifies as follows:
      o  Denies  $1 million for the Constitutional Convention Commission
        Program.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $12.3
    million and modifies as follows:
      o Restores $500,000 for the Dutchess County Coordinated Jail Based
        Services.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6408-B)
  *  PART  M  - The Senate concurs with the Executive proposal to extend
    document handling fees for one year.
  * PART N  -  The  Senate  denies,  without  prejudice,  the  Executive
    proposal  to  place  responsibility for mailing a copy of service of
    process with plaintiffs rather than DOS.
 
State Police, Division of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  modifies the Executive recommendation of $812 million,
    and recommends:
      o Funding for the Division of State Police for  patrol  and  other
        law  enforcement activities on the New York State Thruway be the
        responsibility of the State and not the Thruway Authority.
      o The Senate supports $15 million in funding  for  replacement  of
        the  Division's  fleet  which  will  not  only consist of patrol
        vehicles but also  vehicles  for  the  Bureau  of  Investigation
        (BCI).
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $38 million.
 
State University of New York (SUNY)
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate modifies the Executive proposal as follows:
      o Denies authority to increase tuition.
      o Denies $18 million for competitive campus funding.
      o Provides the following restorations:
          - $18.6 million for Hospital subsidy;
          - $1.5 million for Small Business Development Centers; and
          - $50,000 for American Chestnut research.
      o Provides for the following additions:
          - $60 million to offset lost tuition revenues;
          -  $4  million  for a three-year, advanced veterinarian degree
              program at Cornell; and
          - $500,000 to establish an agriculture management  program  at
              SUNY Canton.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate modifies the Executive's proposal as follows:
      o Provides the following restorations:
          - $1.5 million for Graduate Achievement and Placement Program;
          - $1.1 million for childcare centers;
          - $1 million for career centers;
          - $600,000 for Harvest NY at Cornell; and
          - $250,000 for SUNY Orange Bridge.
      o Provides the following additions:
          - $6.7 million for community college base aid;
          -  $6.7  million  for community college reorganization aid and
              categorical aid; and
          - $1 million for rental aid.
      o Denies $3 million for new SUNY Apprentice program.
      o Denies $1 million for community college community schools.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  * The Senate modifies the Executive proposal as follows:
      o Provides an additional:
          - $2.7 million for Adirondack Community College;
          - $132,000 for Ulster Community College; and
          - $200 million for capital needs at the senior colleges.
      o Calls for a five-year  critical  maintenance  capital  plan  for
        senior colleges, funded at $400 million annually.
 
Article VII
 
  *  PART  D  -  The  Senate  modifies  reauthorization of the SUNY 2020
    language  by  removing  language  authorizing  a  tuition  increase,
    increasing  maintenance  of  effort  requirements,  and providing an
    investment fund for the SUNY system.
  *  PART  E  -  The Senate modifies the Executive proposal to create an
    affiliation escrow account between Stony Brook  and  Southampton  by
    allowing  Stony  Brook  to  establish affiliations with any hospital
    system.
  * PART Q - The Senate accepts the  Executive  proposal  to  provide  a
    five-year  extension  of  policies  which allow SUNY to contract for
    various goods and services without first securing authorization from
    any State official or agency.
  * PART S  -  The  Senate  advances  language  allowing  Orange  County
    Community  College  to  contract  with  school  districts to provide
    Bridge programs and other services part of  their  core  educational
    mission.
  *  PART T - The Senate advances language expanding the usage of career
    pathways programs.
  * PART BB - The Senate advances language eliminating  chargebacks  for
    upper  division  courses  at  Fashion  Institute  of  Technology and
    preventing counties from assessing chargeback fees to localities.
 
Statewide Financial System
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $30.1
    million.
 
Tax Appeals
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $3 million.
 
Taxation and Finance
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive recommendation of $452.4
    million.
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation to  restructure
    six existing programs into two new programs.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of $4 million.
 
Article VII Proposal (S.6409-B)
  * PART G - The Senate amends the Executive proposal to:
      o  Modify  the Tax Modernization electronic filing mandate of 2011
        to extend this part until December 31, 2017 as opposed to  being
        made permanent;
      o  Modify the Sales Tax Compliance law of 2013 to extend this part
        until December 31, 2017 as opposed to being made permanent; and
      o Deny the Tax Preparer penalties.
 
Temporary and Disability Assistance, Office of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate modifies the Executive Recommendation of  $426.4  million
    by denying:
 
      o  A  $10  million  increase  in  appropriation  authority  in the
        Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for the implementation
        of an Integrated Eligibility System,  pending  specific  details
        and information.
      o  An  $11.25  million  increase in appropriation authority in the
        Specialized Services Program. The Senate expresses concern  over
        the  growing homelessness problem in the State and the lack of a
        specific spending proposal from the Executive.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate modifies the Executive All Funds recommendation  of  $5.1
    billion as follows:
      o Restores funding to the following programs:
          - $1 million for the Disability Advocacy Program
          - $200,000 for the Council on Jewish Organizations of Flatbush
      o Adds $11.9 million to Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
      o Restores or adds funding for the following TANF programs:
          - $800,000 to restore ACCESS - Welfare to Careers
          - $2.7 million to restore the Capital Region-Oneida Child Care
              Facilitated  Enrollment  program  and adds $2.3 million to
              incorporate Monroe County
      o  Denies  the  Executive  appropriation  language  providing   an
        exemption   from   professional   licensure   requirements   for
        individuals   practicing   certain   professions   in   programs
        regulated, operated or funded by the agency during FY 2017.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs with the Executive All Funds Recommendation of
    $63.5 million.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6406-B)
  * PART O - The Senate concurs with the Executive proposal to authorize
    the pass-through of any Federal Supplemental Security  Income  (SSI)
    COLA that becomes effective on or after January 1, 2017.
  *  PART TT - The Senate advances language to create the Senior Heating
    Assistance Program to provide eligible low and middle income  senior
    citizens  with  assistance  payments  for  heating  expenses above a
    certain threshold, subject to available appropriation.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6407-B)
  * PART L   3-5  -  The  Senate  denies  the  Executive  proposal  to
    authorize  the  Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)
    to designate a temporary operator  for  homeless  shelters,  or  the
    Office  of  Children  and  Family  Services  (OCFS)  for residential
    programs for victims of domestic violence and runaway  and  homeless
    youth, where the current operator has been found to have significant
    financial, operational, or health and safety issues.
 
Thruway Authority
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  modifies  the  Executive proposal by reinstating $21.5
    million in operating aid to the Thruway Authority.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6408-B)
  * PART Q - The Senate denies the Executive proposal  to  transfer  the
    Canal  Corporation  from the Thruway Authority to the New York State
    Power Authority and State Police Troop T expenses from the State  to
 
    the  Thruway  Authority,  as  well as the repeal of State aid to the
    Thruway Authority approved as part of the FY 2014 Enacted Budget.
  * PART SS - The Senate advances language to eliminate the Thruway toll
    for  vehicles  traveling  on  the Thruway from exit 49 to exit 50 or
    from exit 50 to exit 49 in Western New York.
 
The Senate advances a proposal to study the impact  on  Westchester  and
Rockland County residents with respect to tolls on the Tappan Zee Bridge
after  the  toll  freeze  expires.  Such study shall also consider tolls
along the length of the Thruway and the elimination of the  ton  mileage
tax.
 
Transportation, Department of
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The Senate modifies the Executive proposal to provide $193.7 million
    in  Upstate  transit  operating  aid by providing an additional $6.5
    million, for a total of $200.2 million. This provides the  same  6.1
    percent  increase  in  operating  aid  the non-MTA Downstate transit
    systems receive in the Executive proposal.
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive proposal of $33.2 million.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
  * The Senate modifies the Executive proposal as follows:
      o Modifies the  $200  million  Airport  Economic  Development  and
        Revitalization  Competition  to  provide  $30  million  for  the
        traditional aviation capital grant program over four years;
      o  Modifies  the  $500  million  Extreme  Weather   Infrastructure
        Hardening  Program  to  provide  $40 million to the Consolidated
        Local Street and Highway  Improvement  (CHIPS)  program  for  FY
        2017;
      o  Modifies the $5 million traditional non-MTA capital to disburse
        based on the State Transportation  Operating  Assistance  (STOA)
        formula;
      o Eliminates language that allows capital funds to be interchanged
        or transferred to any other capital projects of DOT; and
      o  Directs  DOT  to begin an environmental study needed to build a
        new ramp that would directly  connect  the  Sheridan  Expressway
        with the Hunts Point Market.
  *  The Senate supports the Executive proposal to establish a five-year
    $1 billion PAVE NY Program and a  five-year  $1  billion  BRIDGE  NY
    Program with the following amendments:
      o  Provide  the  $500  million  for  local roads through the CHIPS
        formula; and
      o Provide the $500 million for local  bridges  through  a  process
        that  allows  for  local  input on the selection of local bridge
        projects.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6408-B)
  * The Senate advances language to provide $3.5 billion  in  additional
    funding  toward  the FY 2016-2020 DOT Capital Plan (See Metropolitan
    Transportation Authority, S.6408-B, Part A).
  * PART JJ - The Senate advances language to require the submission  of
    a  proposed  five  year  Department  of Transportation Capital Plan,
    including:
 
      o A memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide a list of capital
        projects,  funding  and  cost  estimates,  and   made   publicly
        available online;
      o  A  revised  Plan annually with submission to the Legislature by
        October 1st of each year;
      o Requiring a signed MOU for the disbursement of funding; and
      o A plan prioritizing bridge closures, canal lift bridges, culvert
        replacements and safety at railroad grade crossings, along  with
        local  input  on road and bridge projects, and ensuring regional
        balance.
 
Veterans' Affairs, Division of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  * The Senate concurs with the Executive All  Funds  recommendation  of
    $8.2 million.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  *  The  Senate modifies the Executive All Funds recommendation of $9.3
    million and restores:
      o $50,000 for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Buffalo Field Office;
      o $75,000 for the Veterans of Foreign Wars  New  York  City  Field
        Service Office;
      o $25,000 for the Vietnam Veterans of America;
      o  $200,000  for  Legal  Services  of the Hudson Valley's Veterans
        Advocacy Project;
      o $500,000 for the NYS  Defenders'  Association  Veterans  Defense
        Program;
      o $100,000 for SAGE Veterans Project; and
      o $200,000 for Warrior Salute.
 
Victim Services, Office of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation of $12.7
    million.
 
Aid to Localities (S.6403-B)
  * The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of  $106
    million.
 
Workers' Compensation Board
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  recommendation  of $189
    million.
 
Article VII Proposal (S.6405-B)
  * PART G - The Senate denies the Executive proposal to reform  of  the
    workers' compensation system in the State of New York.
  *  PART  DD  -  The  Senate  concurs  with  the Executive and advances
    language to amend the Workers' Compensation Law to allow volunteers,
    that fall outside of federal coverage, who participated in the World
    Trade Center rescue, clean-up and recovery operations the ability to
    bring claims to, and have benefits paid by, the Uninsured  Employers
    Fund for medical treatment and coverage of medical expenses.
  *  PART  H  - Paid Family Leave - The Senate will modify the Executive
    proposal which creates a  paid  family  leave  benefit.  The  Senate
 
    supports  creation  of  a  program  to  offer  paid  family leave to
    employees while balancing  the  needs  of  employers.    The  Senate
    believes  that  the State should assist in the creation of a program
    to  allow  an  employee  to take care of a seriously sick or injured
    family member or afford parental leave to care for and bond  with  a
    new child.
 
However,  that  program  must  also  respect  the  needs  of  employers,
particularly small employers, to continue operations.  The  Senate  will
ensure  that any proposal enacted will have a benefit level and duration
to achieve the program goals, while addressing the needs of  businesses,
including  but not limited to: consideration of impacts on the temporary
disability insurance market, the length of  time  an  employee  must  be
employed  in  order to qualify for such a benefit, the interplay between
this proposal and paid leave which may be offered and the Federal Family
Medical Leave Act, the sustainability of the proposed benefit, including
what  an  appropriate  phase-in  should  be,  and  whether  the  funding
mechanism is adequate to ensure no direct state budgetary impact.
 
Welfare Inspector General, Office of
 
State Operations (S.6400-B)
  *  The  Senate  concurs with the Executive All Funds recommendation of
    $1.3 million.
 
Miscellaneous Items
 
The Senate concurs with the Executive recommendation of:
  * $200 million for Public Safety and Emergency Response; and
  * $3 million for additional Statewide Counter Terrorism efforts.
 
Capital Projects (S.6404-B)
Special Infrastructure Account
  * Modifies the $200 million for the DOT Capital  Plan  by  eliminating
    language  that  allows these funds to be interchanged or transferred
    to any other capital projects of DOT and reallocating the following:
      o $100  million  over  four  years  for  non-MTA  transit  capital
        projects; and
      o $60 million over four years for rail freight capital projects.
  * Supports $700 million for the Thruway Stabilization
  *   Denies   the   $20   million   for   municipal  consolidation  and
    restructuring.
  * Denies the $170 million for the Upstate Revitalization Initiative.
  * Modifies the $50 million for a comprehensive multi-year  program  to
    prevent  and  address  homelessness  from the New York State Special
    Infrastructure Account to the  Division  of  Housing  and  Community
    Renewal  (DHCR).  The  funds  are  intended for a similar purpose in
    DHCR.
  * Modifies the $25 million Empire State Poverty  Reduction  Initiative
    as follows:
      o  Include  Newburgh,  Niagara  Falls, Poughkeepsie, Rochester and
        Schenectady as eligible cities;
      o Distribute available  funds  to  eligible  municipalities  on  a
        per-capita basis; and
      o  Require  the  mayor  of  each  municipality  to convene a local
        coordinating council consisting of relevant municipal  officials
        and representatives from local nonprofits to facilitate planning
 
        and  implementation  of  a comprehensive strategy for addressing
        poverty among the local population.
  *  Reduces  the $85 million for Economic Development Infrastructure by
    $33 million to $52 million
  * Denies language added to the $150 million reappropriation from  2015
    for  municipal  restructuring  to  include  a  $100 million Downtown
    Revitalization Initiative.
  * Modifies the $150 million reappropriation from 2015 for Security and
    Emergency Response services by providing a sub-schedule for  use  of
    the funds:
      o $63 million for the Division of State Police and the Division of
        Military and Naval Affairs for counter-terrorism deployment;
      o  $50  million  for  the  Department  of  Transportation  for the
        purchase of snow plows and other emergency vehicles;
      o $23 million for the  Department  of  Corrections  and  Community
        Services,  the  Division  of  State Police and the Department of
        Environmental Conservation Law Enforcement and Forest Protection
        for the Clinton County Correctional  facility  prison  break  of
        2015;
      o $6 million Buffalo Snow Storm of 2014;
      o   $4   million   for   the   Division   of   State   Police  for
        Counter-Terrorism equipment and training; and
      o $4 million for the New York  City  Police  Department  -  Active
        Shooter  Response  Unit  for equipment including ballistic proof
        vests.
 
Article VII Proposals (S.6405-B)
  * PART M - The Senate modifies the Executive's proposal to  amend  the
    Dedicated  Infrastructure  Investment  Fund  (DIIF) to allow for the
    permanent transfer of settlement funds between the General Fund  and
    the DIIF by providing for a one year extension of such authorization
    and  advancing  language  to  include Buy American provisions within
    capital infrastructure projects.
  * PART NN - The Senate advances language to limit the ability  of  the
    Port  Authority  of New York and New Jersey to assess cargo facility
    fees  without  an  agreement  between  the  carrier  and  the   Port
    Authority.
 
The  Senate  supports  reform  of  the practices by which State Agencies
promulgate regulations.  Too often the regulations proposed  are  unduly
burdensome  and costly, while not serving any public benefit. The Senate
will consider areas for reform in  the  State  Administrative  Procedure
Act,  which  has  created  a  climate  where  Emergency  Regulations are
promulgated for non-emergencies, and impacts on businesses,  localities,
and  individuals are often automatically dismissed as de minimis. If New
York is truly to be Open for Business, the state must  begin  to  review
its regulatory processes.
 
Revenue
 
Article VII Proposal (S.6409-B)
  *  PART  A  -  The Senate denies the Executive proposal to convert the
    STAR benefit into a refundable Personal Income Tax  credit  for  new
    homeowners.
  *  PART B - The Senate denies the Executive proposal to cap the annual
    growth of STAR at zero percent.
 
  * PART C -  The  Senate  denies  the  Executive  proposal  to  mandate
    participation  in  the  income  verification  procedure  for seniors
    receiving Enhanced STAR or the RPTL 467 exemption.
  *  PART  D  -  The Senate concurs with the Executive to allow for late
    filing of Enhanced STAR and senior citizens exemptions.
  * PART E - The Senate concurs with the Executive's proposal to convert
    the NYC Personal Income Tax STAR credit into a NYS  Personal  Income
    Tax credit.
  *  PART  F  -  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive to allow the
    Department  of  Tax  and  Finance  to  remit  direct   payments   to
    individuals that were not properly granted their STAR benefits.
  * PART G - The Senate modifies the Executive's proposal to permanently
    extend  the tax modernization provisions, to extend for one year and
    denies the Executive's proposal to  amend  and  add  new  provisions
    related to tax filing penalties.
  *  PART  H  -  The  Senate  concurs  with  the Executive's proposal to
    authorize an additional $8 million in low-income housing credits  in
    FY 2017 through FY 2021.
  *  PART I - The Senate concurs with the Executive's proposal to extend
    the Hire-A-Vet tax credit for two years.
  * PART J - The Senate concurs with the Executive's proposal to  extend
    the Commercial Production tax credit for two years.
  *  PART K - The Senate concurs with the Executive's proposal to extend
    the  tax  credit  for  companies  who  provide   transportation   to
    individuals with disabilities for six years.
  *  PART  L  -  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  proposal to
    permanently extend the Non- custodial Earned Income tax credit.
  * PART M - The Senate modifies the Executive proposal  to  permanently
    extend  the  tax  shelter  reporting requirements, to extend for one
    year.
  * PART N - The Senate concurs with the Executive's proposal to  extend
    the  Clean Heating Fuel tax credit until January 1, 2020 and require
    that beginning in 2017, to qualify each gallon of clean heating fuel
    must be at least 6 percent biodiesel.
  * PART O - The Senate denies the  Executive  proposal  to  extend  the
    Excelsior Jobs Program for five years.
  *  PART  P  -  The  Senate  modifies the Executive proposal to provide
    various amendments to the Corporate Tax reform statute,  to  include
    additional technical amendments.
  *  PART  Q - The Senate modifies the Executive proposal to conform the
    NYS tax filing dates for corporations and  partnerships  to  federal
    tax law, to also conform the first estimated tax payment filing date
    for corporations to federal tax law.
  *  PART R - The Senate modifies the Executive proposal to increase the
    existing small business/farm exemption from five percent to  fifteen
    percent   and   expand  the  exemption  to  include  non-farm  LLCs,
    partnerships, and S-Corp shareholders,  to  increase  the  exemption
    from  five  percent to twenty percent for farms, increase the income
    threshold from $250,000 to  $500,000,  and  eliminate  the  employee
    requirement. In addition, the Senate modifies the Executive proposal
    to  reduce  the  business  income  base  rate  under  the  Corporate
    Franchise Tax for small businesses with income  less  than  $390,000
    from  6.5  percent  to  4 percent to include businesses with incomes
    less than $500,000. Businesses  with  income  between  $400,000  and
    $500,000 will have a blended rate, phased in over two years, between
    6.5  percent and 2.5 percent and business with income of $400,000 or
    less will have a tax rate of 2.5 percent.
 
  * PART S - The Senate modifies the Executive proposal  to  create  the
    Education Tax Credits by replacing with the Senate's version.
  *  PART  T  -  The  Senate  denies  the Executive proposal to create a
    temporary tax credit for certain taxpayers  that  incur  significant
    Thruway  toll  expenses.  The  Senate  is  committed  to  finding an
    effective and efficient way to reduce the cost of Thruway tolls  for
    farmers.
  *  PART  U  - The Senate concurs with the Executive proposal to extend
    the alternative fuels tax exemptions for five years.
  * PART V - The Senate concurs with the Executive  proposal  to  extend
    the  beverage  tasting  sales  tax  exemption  and  expand  the Beer
    Production credit to all alcoholic products.
  * PART W - The Senate denies the Executive proposal to  authorize  the
    use  of  the  jeopardy assessment provision to cigarette and tobacco
    products.
  * PART  X  -  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive  proposal  to
    streamline the collection of sales tax for room remarketers.
  *  PART  Y - The Senate concurs with the Executive proposal to clarify
    that a decedent's charitable contributions and charitable activities
    cannot be used to determine a decedent's domicile.
  * PART Z - The Senate concurs with the  Executive  proposal  to  amend
    state  and local taxes on aviation fuel for consistency with federal
    tax regulations.
  * PART AA - The Senate denies the Executive proposal to remove certain
    equine testing provisions.
  * PART BB - The Senate denies the Executive proposal to reduce certain
    purse amounts paid  from  the  Video  Lottery  Terminals  (VLT)  and
    increase certain regulatory fees.
  *  PART  CC  -  The  Senate  concurs  with  the  Executive proposal to
    streamline  the  reimbursement  process  for  harness   judges   and
    starters.
  *  PART  DD - The Senate modifies the Executive proposal to extend the
    blended rate to a Video Lottery facilities in zone two, regions four
    and six.
  * PART EE - The Senate concurs with the Executive proposal  to  extend
    for  one  year  the  vendor  fee rates for a vendor track located in
    Sullivan County.
  * PART FF - The Senate concurs with the Executive proposal  to  extend
    for one year certain tax rates and simulating provisions to maintain
    the  pari-mutual  betting and simulcasting structure in place in New
    York.
  * PART GG - The Senate modifies the Executive proposal to  extend  the
    Video Gaming vendor's capital awards program for one year; extending
    the  capital  award  provision to a vendor track located in Sullivan
    County.
  * PART HH - The Senate concurs with the  Executive  proposal  to  make
    technical  amendments  to  the  Upstate New York Gaming and Economic
    Development Act.
  * PART II - The Senate concurs with the Executive proposal to  clarify
    the  release  of certain aggregate tax reporting information related
    to the sale of medical marihuana.
  * PART JJ - The Senate concurs with the Executive  proposal  to  amend
    the  recoupment  process  for  improperly awarded STAR benefits from
    assessment years to schools years.
  * PART KK - The Senate concurs with the Executive proposal  to  reduce
    the highway use tax registration/decal fee.
  *  PART  LL  -  The  Senate advances language to modify the estate tax
    exemption for farmers and businesses.
 
  * PART MM - The Senate  advances  language  to  increase  the  private
    pension and retirement income exclusion from $20,000 to $40,000 over
    three years.
  *  PART  NN  -  The  Senate  advances  language  to make permanent the
    indexing of the personal income tax brackets, benefit recapture, and
    standard deduction to the rate of inflation.
  * PART OO - The  Senate  advances  language  to  reduce  middle  class
    personal income tax rates by twenty-five percent over eight years.
  *  PART  PP  -  The  Senate  advances  language  to eliminate the 18-a
    assessment surcharge by December 31, 2016.
  * PART QQ - The Senate advances language to make permanent STAR rebate
    checks.
  * PART RR - The Senate  advances  language  to  increase  the  maximum
    tuition  tax  credit  from  $400  to  $800  and increase the maximum
    deduction for tuition expenses from $10,000 to  $20,000,  over  five
    years.
  *  PART  SS  -  The  Senate  advances language to increase the maximum
    deduction allowed for contributions  to  529  college  savings  from
    $10,000 to $20,000.
  *  PART  TT  -  The  Senate  advances  language  to create a state tax
    deduction for interest paid on student loans equal  to  the  federal
    deduction amount.
  *  PART  UU  -  The  Senate advances language to create an enforcement
    mechanism for the collection of taxes on motor fuels in regions  one
    and two of the state.
  *  PART  VV  -  The  Senate  advances  language  to  allow a sales tax
    exemption for fuel cells.
  * PART WW - The  Senate  advances  language  to  increase  an  agent's
    cigarette markup fee along with provisions to create a reward system
    for  individuals that report and assist in the prosecution of others
    for the unlawful possession and sale of cigarettes.
  * PART XX - The Senate advances language to extend the New Market  tax
    credit for an additional five years.
  * PART YY - The Senate advances language to improve the Long Term Care
    Insurance tax credit.
  *  PART  ZZ - The Senate advances language to modify the Indian Gaming
    revenue share distribution for the City of Niagara Falls.
  * PART AAA - The Senate advances language to amend the  Jockey  Health
    Trust Fund.
  *  PART  BBB  -  The  Senate advances language to authorize the use of
    reserves funds to cover premium cost related to the New York  Jockey
    Injury Compensation fund.
  *  PART  CCC  -  The Senate advances language to codify the Racing Fan
    Advisory Council.
  * PART DDD - The Senate advances language to  authorize  and  regulate
    Fantasy Sports.
  *  PART  EEE  - The Senate advances language to regulate payments by a
    Casino in Central New York to the racing industry.
  * PART FFF - The Senate advances language to  authorize  and  regulate
    On-Line Poker.
  *  PART  GGG - The Senate advances language to allow Off-Track Betting
    Corporations to use once per year,  capital  acquisition  funds  for
    operational expenses.
  * PART HHH - The Senate advances language to require background checks
    on  casino  personnel  be performed by the State Police and requires
    the cost of the background check to be borne by the gaming facility.
  * PART III - The Senate advances language to establish  a  credit  for
    the construction or rehabilitation of green homes.
 
The  Senate  advances  a proposal to pass a constitutional amendments to
cap State spending at two percent.
 
The  Senate  advances  a  proposal to pass a constitutional amendment to
require that any tax increase require a two-thirds majority to pass.
 
To Senate proposes and requests  that  consideration  be  given  to  the
following items:
  *  Increase  the  volunteer  firefighters'  and ambulance workers' tax
    credit from $200 to $300 and provide length of service increases;
  * Establish the New York City Craft Beer tax credit to provide support
    to New York City's craft breweries (S.6303);
  * Establish a Digital Gaming Production tax credit;
  * Establish a credit for the rehabilitation of  distressed  commercial
    properties (S.1295A);
  *  Establish a credit and real property tax exemption for the purchase
    and installation of geothermal energy systems (S.6249 and S.6250);
  * Provide a tax credit to taxpayers that donate a deer to a  nonprofit
    organization   and  an  income  tax  deduction  to  meat  processing
    facilities that butcher the  deer  for  the  nonprofit  organization
    (S.4123);
  * Expand the Child and Dependent Care tax credit (S.1661);
  *  Established a grant program and tax credit to support the hiring of
    apprentices;
  * Establish a  sales  tax  exemption  for  the  purchase  of  cemetery
    headstones;
  *  Establish  a Middle Income Housing tax credit capped at $25 million
    to complement the existing Low Income Housing tax credit;
  * Establish a sales tax exemption on energy  efficient  equipment  and
    electricity used in production of snow at ski resorts (S.1683-A);
  *  Establish  a  sales  tax exemption for coin operated tire inflation
    devices.
 
The  Senate  affirmatively  believes  that   the   tax   deduction   for
contributions  to  NY  ABLE  savings  accounts  that  the  Executive has
expressed should be discussed in the context in the  State  Budget,  are
essential  to  encouraging families of developmentally disabled children
to save for their futures.
 
The Senate supports a review of revenue and tax policy  related  to  New
York's  existing gaming and racing industry as well as municipalities as
a result of the licensing of any  new  casino  so  as  to  maintain  and
promote the continued viability of the gaming and racing industry within
the state.
 
The  Senate  supports  a review of revenue and tax policy related to New
York's existing gaming and racing industry to ensure  education  funding
is  not negatively impacted by revenue loss experienced by Video Lottery
Terminal facilities as a result  of  competing  commercial  casinos  and
Class III gaming operations.
 
The Senate supports an impact study of revenue loss experienced by Video
Lottery  Terminal  facilities on horse breeding and thoroughbred funding
as a result of competing commercial casinos and Class III operations.
 
The  Senate  supports  a  study  on  the  implications  of  imposing   a
post-licensure  requirement  on  commercial  casinos  to  maintain horse
breeding and thoroughbred funding levels.
 
The Senate supports appropriate tax  reform  to  ensure  the  reasonable
financial expectations of commercial casinos are not negatively impacted
by certain post-licensure requirements.
 
The  Senate  supports  a  review  of  the  New  York Gaming and Economic
Development  Act  for  technical  changes  to  clarify  obligations   of
intraregional vendors.
 
The  Senate  supports  maintaining  2015  race  day  levels  for certain
racetracks receiving an additional commission on Video Lottery  Terminal
revenue.
 
Article VII Proposal (S.6406-B)
  *  PART  L  - The Senate denies the Executive proposal to authorize an
    additional $30 million of tax incentive credits  allocated  in  2016
    and 2017.
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