So, the envelope I got from Kate Shindle that had the bill in it is old and the effective date was just a part of the memo.
So sadly that means the bill is not yet a law ... but, the upside is the following, the bill is pending with the education committee where it has been since January 7, 2009.
The following link will take you to the bill and all of its information: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A00302&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Votes=Y&Memo=Y
But this isn't terrible news. It just means you need to write your legislators and encourage them to pass this.