Bill Text: NY S04684 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Relates to the definition of "educational institution"; adds a new subdivision defining "educational institution" and prohibits specified discriminatory practices by such institutions.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-20 - REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS [S04684 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S04684-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     March 20, 2019
        Introduced  by Sen. GIANARIS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
          ment Operations
        AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to the definition of  the
          term  "educational  institution" and unlawful discriminatory practices
          for educational institutions
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 292 of the executive law is amended by adding a new
     2  subdivision 36 to read as follows:
     3    36. The term "educational institution" shall mean:
     4    (a)  any  school,  as defined in subdivision e of section two-d of the
     5  education law;
     6    (b) any other educational agency,  as  defined  in  subdivision  c  of
     7  section two-d of the education law;
     8    (c) any public college or university; or
     9    (d) any education corporation or association which holds itself out to
    10  the  public to be non-sectarian and exempt from taxation pursuant to the
    11  provisions of article four of the real property tax law.
    12    § 2. Subdivision 4 of section 296 of the executive law, as amended  by
    13  chapter 8 of the laws of 2019, is amended to read as follows:
    14    4.  It  shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for an [education
    15  corporation or association which holds itself out to the  public  to  be
    16  non-sectarian  and  exempt  from  taxation pursuant to the provisions of
    17  article four of the real property tax law]  educational  institution  to
    18  deny  the use of its facilities to any person otherwise qualified, or to
    19  permit the harassment of any student or  applicant,  by  reason  of  his
    20  race,  color, religion, disability, national origin, sexual orientation,
    21  gender identity or expression, military  status,  sex,  age  or  marital
    22  status,  except that any such institution which establishes or maintains
    23  a policy of educating persons of one sex exclusively may admit  students
    24  of only one sex.
    25    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.