Bill Text: NY A06253 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended

Bill Title: Provides that school districts may hold elections in any building owned or leased by the district, in addition to any district schoolhouse.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 17-9)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-10 - print number 6253a [A06253 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A06253-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                      March 4, 2019
          JEAN-PIERRE -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. BARCLAY, EPSTEIN,  MANK-
          TELOW, MIKULIN -- read once and referred to the Committee on Education
          --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended
          and recommitted to said committee
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the  location  of  the
          annual school district elections
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 2002 of the education law, as  amended  by  chapter
     2  801 of the laws of 1953, subdivision 1 as amended by section 5 of part C
     3  of chapter 58 of the laws of 1998, is amended to read as follows:
     4    § 2002. Time  and  place  of annual meeting. 1. The annual meeting and
     5  election of each school district shall be held on the third  Tuesday  of
     6  May  in  each  year,  provided,  however  that  such  annual meeting and
     7  election shall be held on the second Tuesday in May if the  commissioner
     8  at  the  request  of  a local school board certifies no later than March
     9  first that such election  would  conflict  with  religious  observances.
    10  Unless  the  hour and place thereof shall have been fixed by a vote of a
    11  previous district meeting, the same shall be held in the schoolhouse, or
    12  any building owned or leased by the district, at  seven-thirty  [o'clock
    13  in  the  evening]  p.m.  in  the  case  of a school district that is not
    14  divided into election districts and conducts its  election  or  vote  by
    15  recording the ayes or noes of the qualified voters attending, or, in the
    16  case of all other districts, during at least six consecutive hours after
    17  six  a.m.,  two  of which hours shall be after six p.m. as determined by
    18  resolution of the trustees or board  of  education,  provided,  however,
    19  that  the  trustees  or  board  of education of any school district that
    20  conducted its annual meeting at seven-thirty p.m.  in  nineteen  hundred
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  ninety-seven  may  conduct  its  annual election and budget vote at such
     2  time in nineteen hundred ninety-eight. If a district possesses more than
     3  one schoolhouse or building, or leases more than one building, it  shall
     4  be  held  in the one usually employed for that purpose, unless the trus-
     5  tees or board of education  designate  another,  provided  that  if  the
     6  school  district  is divided into election districts such annual meeting
     7  and election shall be held at such place in each  election  district  as
     8  the  board  of  education  may  designate.  If the district possesses no
     9  schoolhouse or building, or does not lease a building, or if the school-
    10  house or building shall not be accessible or adequate, then  the  annual
    11  meeting  and  election  shall  be  held at such place as the trustees or
    12  board of education, or the clerk, shall designate in the notice.
    13    2. The use of any building owned or leased by a  school  district,  as
    14  described  in  subdivision  one  of  this section, shall comply with the
    15  accessibility provisions set out in  subdivisions  one-a  and  one-b  of
    16  section 4-104 of the election law.
    17    §  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
    18  have become a law.