STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3998 2019-2020 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 22, 2019 ___________ Introduced by Sen. GAUGHRAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to allowing the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County to provide driver education courses in middle school or elementary school locations The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 507 of the vehicle and traffic 2 law, as amended by chapter 215 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read 3 as follows: 4 1. Driver education. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this 5 article, a class D or class M license, whichever is appropriate, may be 6 issued to a minor seventeen years of age who has successfully completed 7 a driver education course approved by the state education department and 8 the commissioner in a high school or college and who has submitted proof 9 of completion of the minimum hours of supervised driving as required in 10 paragraph (d) of subdivision two of section five hundred two of this 11 article; provided however, the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, a 12 unified school that operates a high school, may provide a driver educa- 13 tion course approved by the state education department in a middle 14 school or elementary school location provided such course instruction 15 occurs when elementary or middle school is not in session. No such driv- 16 er education course may be approved unless classroom training is 17 provided by a person approved by the state education department and the 18 commissioner. However, a school district may contract with one or more 19 licensed drivers' schools to provide behind the wheel training, pursuant 20 to regulations promulgated by the commissioner. The commissioner shall 21 prescribe the requirements for licensing of such minors. A student 22 enrolled in such an approved driver education course may operate a motor 23 vehicle without holding a driver's license or a learner's permit while 24 under the immediate supervision of an instructor in such course or a EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09176-01-9S. 3998 2 1 driver's school instructor providing behind the wheel training in such a 2 course, provided such operation is in accordance with the rules estab- 3 lished by the commissioner. Every student who successfully completes 4 such course in a day, evening or summer school program offered by a 5 public or private school shall receive certification of such completion 6 on a certificate prescribed by the commissioner. 7 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.