Bill Text: NY S06438 | 2013-2014 | General Assembly | Introduced
Bill Title: Prohibits the use of state aid by colleges and universities to fund or provide membership in academic institutions that are boycotting a country or higher education institutions of a country.
Status: (Engrossed) 2014-01-28 - referred to higher education [S06438 Detail]
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 6438 I N S E N A T E January 23, 2014 ___________ Introduced by Sen. KLEIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT prohibiting the use of state aid by colleges and universities for certain academic institutions THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: 1 Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds that it is 2 beneficial to students of this state to have access to an education that 3 is not bound by borders and to have the opportunity to obtain a global 4 education. The legislature further finds that it is important that New 5 York State undertake efforts to ensure that its students succeed in a 6 world that is continually becoming more interdependent and diverse and 7 further that students have access to international higher education 8 institutions. A global education allows students to connect, compete, 9 and cooperate with their peers around the world. Therefore it is the 10 policy of the State of New York that colleges not use state funds to 11 support boycotts of countries, or higher education institutions located 12 in countries, that host higher education institutions chartered by the 13 Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. 14 S 2. 1. For purposes of this section the following shall apply: 15 (a) the term "academic entity" shall mean any organization comprising 16 colleges, universities or professors that promotes or supports academia 17 in the United States and abroad. 18 (b) the term "college" shall have the same meaning as such term is 19 defined in subdivision 2 of section 2 of the education law. 20 (c) the term "host country" shall mean those countries that host a 21 higher education institution chartered by the Board of Regents of the 22 University of the State of New York. 23 2. No college in this state may use state aid provided directly to 24 such college to: fund an academic entity, provide funds for membership 25 in an academic entity or fund travel or lodging for any employee to 26 attend any meeting of such academic entity if such entity has issued a 27 public resolution or other official statement or undertaken an official EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13441-07-4 S. 6438 2 1 action boycotting a host country or higher education institutions 2 located in such country. 3 3. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, no college shall be eligi- 4 ble for state aid during the academic year that such college is in 5 violation of subdivision two of this section. 6 4. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any college: 7 (a) when such college is located in a country that is determined by 8 the United States secretary of state to be a state sponsor of terrorism; 9 (b) when such boycott is connected with a labor dispute; or 10 (c) when such boycott is for the purpose of protesting unlawful 11 discriminatory practices as determined by the laws, rules or regulations 12 of this state. 13 5. Nothing in this section shall limit the attendance by any employee 14 of a college at any event of an academic entity that boycotts a host 15 country or higher education institutions located in such country and 16 attendance at meetings of any such entity shall not be used by the 17 college with regard to employment decisions. 18 S 3. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall 19 have become a law.