With city schools shutting their doors for the summer, many parents and city residents are concerned about what New York’s youth will be doing with their spare time. A look at legislative bill tracking will reveal a lot of bills aimed at making summer more enlightening for New York’s youth and generally making summer more enjoyable for all city residents.
There are a slew of laws dealing with summer camps that are suspected to move through the legislature with little commotion. Many deal with new safety regulations, like a requirement that all camp employees report suspected abuse. Another requirement is that all summer camps keep an epinephrine auto-injector on hand for potential allergic reactions.
For New York’s more mature youth, there is bill S03132. This measure establishes a graduate school prep program aimed at disadvantaged youth. Its goal is to increase economic diversity at graduate schools around the state and the country. Bill S04337A is a summer jobs program for all city youth, regardless of educational choices. The bill aims to employ the youth in their community either through public works or employment at local businesses.
For adults out of work bill, S06466 makes it easier for them to practice their trade at a summer camp or other summer business. Will these bills be a success? We will need to look back at their legislative history at the end of the summer to know more.