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A02922 Summary:

COSPNSRRosenthal L, Ortiz, Simon, Cook, D'Urso, Bichotte
Creates a commission to evaluate the need for community colleges to participate in the educational opportunity program.
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A02922 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 28, 2019
        Introduced by M. of A. JOYNER, L. ROSENTHAL, ORTIZ, SIMON, COOK, D'URSO,
          BICHOTTE  --  read once and referred to the Committee on Higher Educa-
        AN ACT relating to creating the commission on affordable college  educa-
          tion  to  study  the participation of community colleges in the educa-
          tional opportunity program; and  providing  for  the  repeal  of  such
          provisions upon expiration thereof
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature  hereby  acknowledges
     2  the  need for a college education to compete in today's market. Further-
     3  more, residents throughout New York state are in need of more affordable
     4  higher education options. Currently,  twelve  out  of  the  thirty  SUNY
     5  community  colleges  do  not  participate in the Educational Opportunity
     6  Programs (EOP), which provide vital financial and academic  support  for
     7  thousands   of  academic  and  economically  disadvantaged  New  Yorkers
     8  throughout the state.  Subsequently,  community  college  students  from
     9  those  twelve  two-year  colleges, who seek to transfer into a four-year
    10  school as Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) or EOP  applicants
    11  risk potentially disqualifying themselves for such financial and academ-
    12  ic support programs.
    13    §  2.  A temporary state commission, to be known as the "commission on
    14  affordable college education", is hereby established to examine,  evalu-
    15  ate  and  make  recommendations  concerning the need for the twelve SUNY
    16  community colleges to participate in EOP. The commission shall  consider
    17  the  need for additional legislation to amend current eligibility crite-
    18  ria for transfer students.
    19    § 3. The commission shall consist of thirteen members, to be appointed
    20  as follows: three members to be appointed by the governor; three members
    21  to be appointed by the temporary president of the senate; three  members
    22  to  be  appointed  by  the  speaker  of  the assembly; two members to be
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  appointed by the minority leader of the senate; and two  members  to  be
     2  appointed by the minority leader of the assembly. The members shall have
     3  demonstrated  expertise  in and experience in the field of higher educa-
     4  tion,  HEOP,  or EOP. A chairperson and vice-chairperson of such commis-
     5  sion shall be elected by the majority of its members, all members  being
     6  present.
     7    §  4.  The members of the commission shall receive no compensation for
     8  their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses
     9  incurred in the performance of their duties hereunder.
    10    § 5. The commission may employ and at pleasure remove  such  personnel
    11  as  it  may  deem  necessary  for the performance of its functions. Such
    12  commission may meet and hold public and/or private  hearings  within  or
    13  without  the  state,  and  shall  have  all  the powers of a legislative
    14  committee pursuant to the legislative law.
    15    § 6. For the accomplishment of its purposes, the commission  shall  be
    16  authorized and empowered to undertake any studies, inquiries, surveys or
    17  analyses  it  may deem relevant in cooperation with or by agreement with
    18  any other public or private agency.
    19    § 7. The commission shall make a report of its findings, including any
    20  recommendations for legislative action as  it  may  deem  necessary  and
    21  appropriate,  to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and
    22  the speaker of the assembly no later than one year after  the  effective
    23  date of this act.
    24    §  8.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
    25  become a law and shall expire and be deemed  repealed  two  years  after
    26  such date.
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