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S02311 Summary:

BILL NO    S02311 

SAME AS    SAME AS A01106

SPONSOR    RITCHIE

COSPNSR    SEWARD

MLTSPNSR   

Amd S605, add S672-c, Ed L

Creates a regents large animal veterinarian loan forgiveness program;
establishes the number, criteria and notification requirements to receive an
award under such program; establishes such awards shall be awarded annually to
veterinarians who agree to practice in large animal veterinarian medicine.
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S02311 Text:

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

                                         2311

                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                                   I N  S E N A T E

                                   January 22, 2015
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  Sens. RITCHIE, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed,
         and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education

       AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation  to  creating  a  regents
         large animal veterinarian loan forgiveness program

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

    1    Section 1. Section 605 of the education law is amended by adding a new
    2  subdivision 13 to read as follows:
    3    13.  REGENTS  LARGE  ANIMAL  VETERINARIAN  LOAN  FORGIVENESS  PROGRAM.
    4  REGENTS  VETERINARIAN  LOAN FORGIVENESS AWARDS SHALL BE AWARDED ANNUALLY
    5  TO LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIANS WHO AGREE TO PRACTICE VETERINARY  MEDICINE
    6  IN AN AREA OF NEW YORK STATE DESIGNATED BY THE REGENTS AS HAVING A SHOR-
    7  TAGE  OF LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIANS. SUCH AWARDS SHALL BE CLASSIFIED AND
    8  ALLOCATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH REGENTS RULES.
    9    A. ELIGIBILITY. (1) THE APPLICANT MUST BE A RESIDENT OF NEW YORK STATE
   10  AND LICENSED TO PRACTICE VETERINARY MEDICINE.
   11    (2) THE APPLICANT MUST HAVE COMPLETED A PROFESSIONAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM
   12  WITHIN THE FIVE YEARS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE  PERIOD  FOR  WHICH  THE
   13  FIRST AWARD WOULD BE GRANTED, OR BE WITHIN TWO YEARS OF COMPLETION OF AN
   14  ACCREDITED RESIDENCY PROGRAM IN LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY MEDICINE.
   15    (3) THE APPLICANT MUST AGREE TO PRACTICE LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY MEDI-
   16  CINE  IN  AN  AREA  IN NEW YORK STATE DESIGNATED AS HAVING A SHORTAGE OF
   17  LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIANS. THE REGENTS,  AFTER  CONSULTATION  WITH  THE
   18  COMMISSIONERS  OF  AGRICULTURE  AND  MARKETS AND HEALTH, SHALL DESIGNATE
   19  THOSE REGIONS AND FACILITIES OF NEW YORK STATE WHICH HAVE A SHORTAGE  OF
   20  LARGE  ANIMAL  VETERINARIANS FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION AND ESTAB-
   21  LISH RELATIVE RANKINGS THEREOF.
   22    B. SELECTION. THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONERS
   23  OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS AND HEALTH, SHALL ESTABLISH CRITERIA FOR  THE
   24  SELECTION  OF  PARTICIPANTS IN THE PROGRAM. AN APPLICANT MUST SATISFY AT
   25  LEAST ONE OF THE CRITERIA ESTABLISHED. A PRIORITY SHALL BE  ACCORDED  TO

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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    1  ANY  APPLICANT WHO IS COMPLETING THE SECOND YEAR OF THE SERVICE REQUIRE-
    2  MENT AND IS REAPPLYING FOR A NEW AWARD. THE CRITERIA SHALL  INCLUDE  BUT
    3  NOT BE LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:
    4    (I)  REAPPLICATION  FOR  A NEW AWARD BY A PERSON WHO IS COMPLETING THE
    5  SECOND YEAR OF A SERVICE REQUIREMENT;
    6    (II) RECEIPT OF SPECIFIC TRAINING IN LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY MEDICINE;
    7    (III) RECEIPT OF SPECIFIC TRAINING OR EXPERIENCE IN SERVING A SHORTAGE
    8  AREA;
    9    (IV) RECEIPT OF SPECIFIC TRAINING OR EXPERIENCE  MATCHING  A  SPECIFIC
   10  LARGE ANIMAL MEDICAL NEED EXISTING IN A SHORTAGE AREA; AND
   11    (V)  AGREEMENT PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH D OF THIS SUBDIVISION TO PRACTICE
   12  IN AN AREA DETERMINED BY THE REGENTS TO HAVE A SEVERE SHORTAGE OF  LARGE
   13  ANIMAL VETERINARY SERVICES.
   14    C.  NOTIFICATION.  (1)  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL THEN FORWARD APPROVED
   15  APPLICATIONS TO THE PRESIDENT AND SHALL NOTIFY UNSUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS.
   16    (2) THE PRESIDENT SHALL VERIFY THE APPROVED APPLICANTS':
   17    (I) ELIGIBILITY; AND
   18    (II)  TOTAL  UNDERGRADUATE  AND  VETERINARY  MEDICAL  SCHOOL   STUDENT
   19  EXPENSE;
   20    (3) THE PRESIDENT SHALL NOTIFY APPLICANTS OF THEIR AWARD ENTITLEMENT.
   21    D.  SERVICE REQUIREMENT. WITHIN SUCH TIME AS THE COMMISSIONER SHALL BY
   22  REGULATION PROVIDE, A RECIPIENT OF AN AWARD SHALL HAVE AGREED  TO  PRAC-
   23  TICE  LARGE  ANIMAL VETERINARY MEDICINE IN A SPECIFIC AREA DESIGNATED AS
   24  HAVING A SHORTAGE OF LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIANS FOR A PERIOD  OF  TWELVE
   25  MONTHS  FOR  EACH  ANNUAL PAYMENT TO BE RECEIVED BY THE RECIPIENT. LARGE
   26  ANIMAL VETERINARIANS IN TRAINING WHO RECEIVE AN AWARD SHALL NOT  RECEIVE
   27  CREDIT  TOWARD  THEIR  REQUIRED  SERVICE  FOR  TIME  SPENT IN A TRAINING
   28  PROGRAM. IN NO CASE SHALL THE TOTAL NUMBER OF MONTHS OF SERVICE REQUIRED
   29  BE LESS THAN TWENTY-FOUR. THE PRESIDENT SHALL, IN CONSULTATION WITH  THE
   30  COMMISSIONER,  DEVELOP  AND  SECURE FROM EACH AWARD RECIPIENT, A WRITTEN
   31  AGREEMENT TO:
   32    (1) PRACTICE LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY MEDICINE IN THE DESIGNATED SHORT-
   33  AGE AREA;
   34    (2) TO PROVIDE THIRTY-FIVE HOURS PER WEEK OF DIRECT ANIMAL CARE IN THE
   35  DESIGNATED SHORTAGE AREA BEING SERVED, OR TO THE DESIGNATED ANIMAL POPU-
   36  LATION BEING SERVED. IF A RECIPIENT FAILS  TO  COMPLY  FULLY  WITH  SUCH
   37  CONDITIONS, THE PRESIDENT SHALL BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE FROM SUCH RECIPI-
   38  ENT AN AMOUNT TO BE DETERMINED BY THE FORMULA:
   39    A = 2B (T-S)
   40        ___
   41         T
   42  IN  WHICH "A" IS THE AMOUNT THE PRESIDENT IS ENTITLED TO RECOVER; "B" IS
   43  THE SUM OF ALL PAYMENTS MADE TO THE RECIPIENT AND THE INTEREST  ON  SUCH
   44  AMOUNT WHICH WOULD BE PAYABLE IF AT THE TIMES SUCH AWARDS WERE PAID THEY
   45  WERE  LOANS  BEARING INTEREST AT THE MAXIMUM PREVAILING RATE; "T" IS THE
   46  TOTAL NUMBER OF MONTHS IN THE RECIPIENT'S PERIOD OF OBLIGATED  SERVICES;
   47  AND  "S"  IS  THE  NUMBER  OF MONTHS OF SERVICE ACTUALLY RENDERED BY THE
   48  RECIPIENT. ANY AMOUNT WHICH THE PRESIDENT IS ENTITLED TO  RECOVER  UNDER
   49  THIS  PARAGRAPH  SHALL  BE PAID WITHIN THE FIVE-YEAR PERIOD BEGINNING ON
   50  THE DATE THAT THE RECIPIENT FAILED TO COMPLY WITH  THIS  SERVICE  CONDI-
   51  TION. NOTHING IN THE WRITTEN AGREEMENT SHALL AFFECT THE TERMS OF EMPLOY-
   52  MENT  OF THE INDIVIDUAL WHO SHALL NEGOTIATE, SEPARATE AND APART FROM THE
   53  PROGRAM, HIS OR HER SALARY AND OTHER FORMS OF EMPLOYMENT WITH AN AGENCY,
   54  INSTITUTION OR A PROGRAM IN WHICH HE OR SHE SHALL BE EMPLOYED. ANY OBLI-
   55  GATION TO COMPLY WITH SUCH PROVISIONS AS OUTLINED IN THIS SECTION  SHALL
   56  BE  CANCELLED  UPON  THE  DEATH OF THE RECIPIENT. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL
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    1  MAKE REGULATIONS TO PROVIDE FOR THE WAIVER OR SUSPENSION OF  ANY  FINAN-
    2  CIAL OBLIGATION WHICH WOULD INVOLVE EXTREME HARDSHIP.
    3    E. REPORTING. A RECIPIENT OF AN AWARD SHALL REPORT ANNUALLY TO THE NEW
    4  YORK  STATE  HIGHER  EDUCATION  SERVICES  CORPORATION, THE DEPARTMENT OF
    5  AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ON FORMS PRESCRIBED
    6  BY THE PRESIDENT, AS  TO  THE  PERFORMANCE  OF  THE  REQUIRED  SERVICES,
    7  COMMENCING WITH THE CALENDAR YEAR IN WHICH THE RECIPIENT BEGINS TO PRAC-
    8  TICE  LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY MEDICINE IN A SHORTAGE AREA AND CONTINUING
    9  UNTIL THE RECIPIENT SHALL HAVE COMPLETED, OR IT IS DETERMINED THAT HE OR
   10  SHE SHALL NOT BE OBLIGATED TO COMPLETE, THE REQUIRED  SERVICES.  IF  THE
   11  RECIPIENT SHALL FAIL TO FILE ANY REPORT REQUIRED HEREUNDER WITHIN THIRTY
   12  DAYS  OF WRITTEN NOTICE TO THE RECIPIENT, MAILED TO THE ADDRESS SHOWN ON
   13  THE LAST APPLICATION FOR AN AWARD OR LAST  REPORT  FILED,  WHICHEVER  IS
   14  LATER,  THE  PRESIDENT OF THE CORPORATION MAY IMPOSE A FINE OF UP TO ONE
   15  THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE PRESIDENT SHALL HAVE THE DISCRETION TO  WAIVE  THE
   16  FILING  OF  A  REPORT,  EXCUSE  A DELAY IN FILING OR A FAILURE TO FILE A
   17  REPORT, OR WAIVE OR REDUCE ANY FINE IMPOSED FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN.
   18    F. OTHER AWARDS. AWARD RECIPIENTS SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY  FOR  ONE
   19  ADDITIONAL AWARD.
   20    S  2.  The  education  law is amended by adding a new section 672-c to
   21  read as follows:
   22    S 672-C. REGENTS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIAN LOAN  FORGIVENESS  PROGRAM.
   23  1.    NUMBER AND CERTIFICATION. EIGHTY REGENTS LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARIAN
   24  LOAN FORGIVENESS AWARDS SHALL BE AWARDED EACH YEAR. SUCH AWARDS SHALL BE
   25  ALLOCATED AS PROVIDED IN ARTICLE THIRTEEN  OF  THIS  TITLE  TO  ELIGIBLE
   26  LARGE  ANIMAL VETERINARIANS AS CERTIFIED TO THE PRESIDENT BY THE COMMIS-
   27  SIONER.
   28    2. CALCULATION OF AWARD AMOUNTS.  EACH  AWARD  SHALL  CONSIST  OF  TWO
   29  CONSECUTIVE  ANNUAL  LOAN  FORGIVENESS  PAYMENTS.  EACH  OF  THE  ANNUAL
   30  PAYMENTS SHALL BE FOR AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE  TOTAL OF UNDERGRADUATE AND
   31  VETERINARY MEDICAL SCHOOL STUDENT LOAN EXPENSE OR TEN THOUSAND  DOLLARS,
   32  WHICHEVER  IS  LESS.  THE PRESIDENT SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CALCULATING
   33  THE DOLLAR AMOUNT OF EACH AWARD THAT  ELIGIBLE  CANDIDATES  MAY  RECEIVE
   34  FROM  THIS  PROGRAM.  FOR  THE  PURPOSES  OF  THIS SECTION, STUDENT LOAN
   35  EXPENSE SHALL MEAN THE CUMULATIVE TOTAL  OF  THE  ANNUAL  STUDENT  LOANS
   36  COVERING  THE  COST OF ATTENDANCE AT AN UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION AND/OR
   37  VETERINARY MEDICAL SCHOOL. INTEREST PAID OR DUE ON STUDENT LOANS THAT AN
   38  APPLICANT HAS TAKEN OUT FOR USE IN PAYING FOR SUCH UNDERGRADUATE  AND/OR
   39  VETERINARIAN   MEDICAL   EDUCATION  SHALL  BE  CONSIDERED  ELIGIBLE  FOR
   40  REIMBURSEMENT UNDER THIS PROGRAM.
   41    3. AWARD DISBURSEMENT. A. ANNUAL  AWARD  DISBURSEMENTS  SHALL  BE  THE
   42  RESPONSIBILITY  OF  THE PRESIDENT AND SHALL OCCUR PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING
   43  OF EACH OF THE REQUIRED TERMS OF SERVICE AS  SPECIFIED  IN  THE  SERVICE
   44  CONTRACT.  THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION SERVICES CORPO-
   45  RATION SHALL ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS REGARDING CRITERIA  FOR  DETER-
   46  MINING  SUCCESSFUL  COMPLETION  OF  THE  SERVICE CONTRACT AND ANY APPEAL
   47  PROCESS THAT MAY BE REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT THIS PARAGRAPH UPON  RECOMMEN-
   48  DATION OF THE PRESIDENT IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER.
   49    B. THE DISBURSEMENT OF THE SECOND ANNUAL AWARD SHALL BE DEPENDENT UPON
   50  SUCCESSFUL  COMPLETION  OF  THE  FIRST  YEAR  REQUIREMENT OF THE SERVICE
   51  CONTRACT AS DEFINED BY THE PRESIDENT AS WELL AS OTHER CRITERIA SET FORTH
   52  IN THIS SECTION.
   53    S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of July  next  succeeding
   54  the date on which it shall have become a law.
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