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]

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                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                         6438
                                   I N  S E N A T E
                                   January 23, 2014
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       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.
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    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.
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