With more than 900 bills
passed by both houses
of the state Legislature
in the 2019 session, it’s no surprise
that it takes a while for them all to get
to the governor’s desk. But they have
to pass that last step for a signature
in order to be enacted.
Of the dozens of NYSUT-backed
bills that passed, several were enacted
this summer, and more are sure
Notably, one of the
union’s victories came
in mid August when
the governor signed
legislation to allow
school districts to install
on school buses.
“This law marks
a significant step
forward for student
safety,” said NYSUT
Pallotta. “With an
estimated 50,000 motor
passing school buses
every day across New
York, bus drivers are
constantly on the lookout for these
reckless motorists while also keeping
an eye on the children in their care.
“It is our sincere hope that school
districts will work quickly to begin
installing stop-arm cameras so we
can better hold accountable those
who show blatant disregard for our
kids. We thank the governor and
Legislature for putting our children
first,” Pallotta said.
The school bus camera legislation
was signed into law thanks in
large part to the efforts of NYSUT’s
“Support School Staff” campaign
and the hard work and activism
of our dedicated School-Related
“It’s a long process to get a bill
passed and ultimately enacted,”
Pallotta said, “but as in the case of
the bus cameras, it’s worth the effort.
Good laws help to protect us all.”
Another bill enacted into law
prevents school districts from arming
teachers. It prevents educational institutions
from arming any faculty or
staffer who is not primarily employed
as a school resource officer, law enforcement
officer or security guard.
In other business, laws have been
- Allow BOCES to enter into
contracts to provide services with
agencies from outside the state, and
to extend the expiration dates for
BOCES to enter into long-term leases.
- Extend injunctive relief provisions
under the Taylor Law until June
30, 2021. Injunctive relief was enacted
in 1994 to provide an expedited
method to resolve improper practice
cases in the public sector where
there was deemed to be immediate
and irreparable harm.
- Create the climate leadership
and community protection act, which
sets goals to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions in the state by 100 percent
over 1990 levels by 2050.
- Provide relief from
losses incurred due to
mistakes on final cost
reports for Newburgh
City School District
and Chester Union
Free School District.
- We also are waiting for
enactment on FCR relief
passed in the Legislature
for 12 other districts.
Also still pending enactment
are bills passed
by the Legislature that
- Include school
districts as employers
required to implement
- Establish seniority rights for SRPs.
- Enroll New York City paraprofessionals
automatically into the city
Teachers’ Retirement System.
- Make it easier for community colleges
to hire retired law enforcement
professionals as faculty for criminal