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A06389 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                      April 6, 2023
        Introduced  by M. of A. BROOK-KRASNY, NOVAKHOV -- read once and referred
          to the Committee on Governmental Employees
        AN ACT to amend the civil service law, in relation  to  leave  time  for
          certain employees to volunteer as a poll worker
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The civil service law is amended by adding  a  new  section
     2  159-e to read as follows:
     3    §  159-e.  Leave time for poll volunteers. 1. Every public officer and
     4  every employee of the state, any  county,  any  community  college,  any
     5  public  authority,  any public benefit corporation, any board of cooper-
     6  ative educational services (BOCES), any vocational education and  exten-
     7  sion  board  or  a  school district enumerated in section one of chapter
     8  five hundred-sixty-six of the laws of nineteen hundred sixty-seven,  any
     9  municipality, any school district or a participating employer in the New
    10  York  state  and  local employees' retirement system, or a participating
    11  employer in the New York state  teachers'  retirement  system  shall  be
    12  entitled to absent himself or herself and shall be deemed to have a paid
    13  leave  of  absence  from  his  or her duties or service for a sufficient
    14  period of time, not to exceed eight hours annually, to  volunteer  as  a
    15  poll worker during a local, national, or primary election.
    16    2.  The entire period of the leave of absence granted pursuant to this
    17  section shall be excused leave and shall  not  be  charged  against  any
    18  other  leave to which such public officer or employee is otherwise enti-
    19  tled.
    20    3. The commission is hereby authorized and directed to  establish  any
    21  necessary   guidelines,  including  requirements  for  notice,  request,
    22  approval of leave and documentation.
    23    4. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to impede, infringe, dimin-
    24  ish, or impair the rights of a public employee  or  employer  under  any
    25  law,  rule,  regulation  or  collectively  negotiated  agreement, or the
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 6389                             2
     1  rights  and  benefits  which  accrue  to  employees  through  collective
     2  bargaining agreements, or otherwise diminish the integrity of the exist-
     3  ing collective bargaining agreement.
     4    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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