senate Bill S5428

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Requires the office of temporary and disability assistance to work with local social services districts to determine what information shall be given to applicants and recipients of public assistance

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 16 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • 17 / Jun / 2013
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • 17 / Jun / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 5428A
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1534
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • 29 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1023
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES

Summary

Requires the office of temporary and disability assistance to work with local social services districts to determine what information shall be given to applicants and recipients of public assistance and to post such information on their website.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7276
Versions:
S5428
S5428A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Social Services
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง134-c, Soc Serv L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5428

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation
to requiring social services districts to conspicuously post a notice
of basic rights

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Social Services sill of Rights Act.
To amend the social services law, in relation to requiring social
services districts to conspicuously post a notice of basic rights.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Offices of social services, which are
open to the public, are to post conspicuously a notice of recipients
basic rights, already established by law, which are as follows:

* Right to a Fair Hearing
* Duty to Assist
* Right to Emergency Assistance
* Right to Apply
* Right to Child Care
* Right to Free Language Services
* Right to Screening and Special Services If Experiencing Domestic
Violence
* Right to Full and Equal Access to Benefits and Services
* Right to a Written Adequate Notice

JUSTIFICATION: The aforementioned rights are all enshrined in law or
through precedence. However, those seeking benefits may not be aware
of their existence or specific details. This bill will require all
public assistance offices that are open to the public to post
discernibly the document containing these rights with details of their
utility so that the applicant may make informed decisions about
benefits. This will allow employees at said agencies may better serve
the public.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after
it shall have become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5428

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SANDERS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services

AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to requiring social
  services districts to conspicuously post a notice of basic rights

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. The social services law is amended by adding a new section
134-c to read as follows:
  S 134-C. PUBLIC NOTICE OF  BASIC  RIGHTS.  SOCIAL  SERVICES  DISTRICTS
SHALL  CONSPICUOUSLY POST IN EACH OF THEIR FACILITIES, WHICH ARE OPEN TO
THE PUBLIC, THE FOLLOWING NOTICE OF THE BASIC RIGHTS OF  APPLICANTS  AND
RECIPIENTS OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND CARE:
                         "NOTICE OF BASIC RIGHTS
  1.  RIGHT TO A FAIR HEARING: YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO A FAIR HEARING IF YOU
DISAGREE WITH (A) THE AMOUNT OF BENEFITS YOU ARE RECEIVING,  OR  (B)  AN
ACTION  OR  DECISION  MADE BY THE AGENCY, OR (C) THE AGENCY'S FAILURE TO
ACT UPON YOUR APPLICATION.
  2. DUTY TO ASSIST: THE JOB CENTER MUST HELP YOU OBTAIN REQUESTED DOCU-
MENTS AND/OR INFORMATION THAT YOU HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO OBTAIN FROM ANOTH-
ER PERSON OR AGENCY AFTER MAKING REASONABLE EFFORTS.
  3. RIGHT TO EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE: IF YOU QUALIFY, YOU HAVE A RIGHT  TO
FOOD  STAMPS,  WITHIN 5 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF YOUR APPLICATION, AND YOU
HAVE A RIGHT TO EMERGENCY NEEDS ASSISTANCE OR  CARE,  INCLUDING  A  CASH
GRANT, UPON APPLICATION.
  4.  RIGHT  TO  APPLY: EVERY INDIVIDUAL HAS THE RIGHT TO APPLY FOR CASH
ASSISTANCE, AND TO RECEIVE A PROMPT WRITTEN DECISION THEREON.
  5. RIGHT TO CHILD CARE: EVERY PERSON HAS THE RIGHT TO  RECEIVE  APPRO-
PRIATE  CHILD  CARE IF THEY NEED SUCH CARE TO PARTICIPATE IN REQUIRED OR
ASSIGNED ACTIVITIES.
  6. RIGHT TO FREE LANGUAGE SERVICES: YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO FREE INTERPRE-
TATION SERVICES IF YOU DO NOT SPEAK OR UNDERSTAND ENGLISH WELL; AND  YOU

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10689-01-3

S. 5428                             2

HAVE   A   RIGHT   TO   RECEIVE  WRITTEN  NOTICES  IN  ARABIC,  CHINESE,
HAITIAN-CREOLE, KOREAN, RUSSIAN OR SPANISH.
  7.  RIGHT  TO  SCREENING AND SPECIAL SERVICES IF EXPERIENCING DOMESTIC
VIOLENCE.
  8. RIGHT TO FULL AND EQUAL ACCESS TO BENEFITS AND SERVICES,  AS  WELL,
AS  A  RIGHT TO REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISA-
BILITIES ACT.
  9. RIGHT TO WRITTEN ADEQUATE NOTICE: YOU HAVE  THE  RIGHT  TO  WRITTEN
ADEQUATE  NOTICE OF (A) ANY AGENCY ACTION TO DENY, DISCONTINUE, SUSPEND,
REDUCE OR RESTRICT YOUR BENEFITS, AND (B) ANY DETERMINATION THAT YOU ARE
NOT ELIGIBLE FOR AN EXEMPTION FROM WORK."
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have become law.

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