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A06244 Summary:

BILL NOA06244
 
SAME ASSAME AS S02208
 
SPONSORRajkumar
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
 
Establishes a task force to study and make recommendations on school safety in the state of New York.
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A06244 Actions:

BILL NOA06244
 
03/10/2021referred to education
01/05/2022referred to education
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A06244 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A6244
 
SPONSOR: Rajkumar
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to establish a task force to study and make recommendations on school safety in the state of New York   PURPOSE: To create a New York State Task Force on School Safety, which would consist of professionals in the fields of education, school adminis- tration, mental health, and law enforcement. Five members would be appointed by the Governor, five by the Senate Majority Leader, and five by the Speaker of the Assembly. The Task Force would be charged with studying the frequency and seriousness of violence that occurs on school grounds, study the cause of such violence, including the influences of conditions such as school size and environment, home environment, cyber abuse, psychological factors and any other influence the task force deems relevant. The task force will make recommendations on measures to increase school safety, and issue a report to the Governor and the Legislature within one year of the effective date of this law.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1, subsection a - Describes the establishment of a task force to study school safety at schools in the state of New York. Subsection B outlines the mandate of the topics the task force would study, including measures other states have undertaken in order to reduce violence on school grounds. Subsection c calls for a report to the Governor and Legislature within one year. Section 2 - Defines the qualifications of Task Force members. Subsection d states that members will receive no compensation for their services, but will be allowed actual necessary expenses in the perform- ance of their services. Subsection e stipulates that the task force will be provided with certain facilities for their meetings in order to carry out their powers and duties. Section 3 - Effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: In light of the recent mass shootings, including at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and the increasing number of other incidents of gun violence on school grounds that have taken place in recent history, New York must immediately take steps to ensure that students in our state are protected. As there is much disagreement as to how to address this issue, and no single solution that is going to solve this problem, it is necessary that professionals who work in an educa- tional environment, as well as mental health professionals and law enforcement develop practical solutions in order to address this public safety issue that threatens the lives of children. Their input into policies and laws created by the NYS Legislature is essential to solve this epidemic that is plaguing our country.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2019: S. 2746 - Passed Senate. 2020: S. S. 2746A - Referred to Senate Education Committee.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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A06244 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          6244
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     March 10, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. RAJKUMAR -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Education
 
        AN  ACT  to  establish a task force to study and make recommendations on
          school safety in the state of New York
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. a. A task force is hereby established to study school safe-
     2  ty  at  schools  in  the  state  of  New York. For purposes of this act,
     3  "violence" shall mean any occurrence that may compel a  school  official
     4  to contact law enforcement for assistance.
     5    b. The task force shall:
     6    (i)  study  the  frequency  and seriousness of violence that occurs on
     7  school grounds;
     8    (ii) study the causes of such violence, including the influence of:
     9    (1) school size and environment;
    10    (2) home environment and abuse;
    11    (3) community environment;
    12    (4) cyber abuse;
    13    (5) psychological factors;
    14    (6) media coverage of violent acts; and
    15    (7) any other influences the task force deems relevant;
    16    (iii) study current measures implemented by schools in  the  state  of
    17  New York to increase school safety;
    18    (iv)  study  measures  other  states and countries have implemented to
    19  increase school safety; and
    20    (v) make recommendations on measures the state of New York may take in
    21  order to increase school safety.
    22    c. No later than one year after the effective date of  this  act,  the
    23  task  force  shall  report its findings to the governor and the legisla-
    24  ture, as described under subdivision b of this section.
    25    § 2. a. The task force shall be comprised of:
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD04201-01-1

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     1    (i) five members appointed by the governor;
     2    (ii)  five members appointed by the temporary president of the senate;
     3  and
     4    (iii) five members appointed by the speaker of the assembly.
     5    b. Of the five members appointed by the governor, temporary  president
     6  of the senate, and speaker of the assembly, each shall appoint:
     7    (i) one member with experience in teaching;
     8    (ii) one member with experience as a mental health professional;
     9    (iii) one member with experience in law enforcement;
    10    (iv) one member with experience as a school administrator; and
    11    (v) one member with experience as a school safety agent.
    12    c.  One of the appointments by the governor shall serve as chairperson
    13  of the task force.
    14    d. The members of the task force shall  receive  no  compensation  for
    15  their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses
    16  incurred in the performance of their services.
    17    e.  All  departments,  divisions,  bureaus,  commissions, districts or
    18  agencies of the state or any political subdivisions  thereof  shall,  at
    19  the request of the chairperson, provide the task force with such facili-
    20  ties, assistance and data as will enable the task force to carry out its
    21  powers and duties.
    22    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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