senate Bill S7225

Includes mentally disabled as among those veterans qualified to hold licenses granted under section 35-a of the general business law

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  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 06 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 28 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1013
  • 29 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 20 / Jun / 2014
    • COMMITTED TO RULES

Summary

Includes mentally disabled as among those veterans qualified to hold licenses granted under section 35-a of the general business law.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9304
Versions:
S7225
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง35-a, Gen Bus L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7225

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general business law, in relation
to veterans of the armed forces who vend in cities having a population
of one million or more

PURPOSE: Includes mentally disabled as among those veterans qualified
to hold licenses granted under section 35-a of the general business
law.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section One - amends subdivision 1 of section 35-a of the general
business law by adding chapter 227 of the laws of 1998 to read as
follows: In cities having a population of one million or more, the
official designated by a local law or ordinance to issue a local
license to hawk, peddle, vend and sell goods, wares or merchandise or
solicit trade upon the streets and highways within such city will
issue specialized vending licenses to honorably discharged members of
the armed forces of the United States who are either physically or
mentally disabled as a result of injuries received while in the
service of said armed forces and who are eligible to hold licenses
granted pursuant to section thirty-two of this article. Such
specialized vending licenses will authorize holders to hawk or peddle
within such city in provisions contained in this section. Specialized
vending licenses issued under this section will permit the holders to
vend on any block face, and no license authorized under this section
will be restricted in any way from vending in any area, except as
provided in this section.

Section Two - this act shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION: Currently, New York City does not include veterans with
mental disabilities, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), in
its definition of what a "disabled veteran" is, it only includes
"physically" disabled under the definition. The goal of this
legislation is to provide disabled veterans, with mental disabilities
the same opportunity as the physically disabled veterans.

According to the vending list provided by the Department of Consumer
Affairs, mentally disabled veterans are currently towards the bottom
of the priority list. This is not fair to these veterans who have been
excluded from the New York City recognized definition to be put on the
bottom of this list. This legislation would provide an equality
opportunity that is well deserved for these veterans by including all
veterans that are rated as disabled by the Veterans Affairs (VA) under
the same definition.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  7225

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 6, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BALL  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs

AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to veterans of the
  armed forces who vend in cities having a population of one million  or
  more

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

  Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision  1  of  section  35-a  of  the
general  business  law,  as added by chapter 227 of the laws of 1998, is
amended to read as follows:
  (a) In cities having a population of one million or more, the official
designated by a local law or ordinance to issue a local license to hawk,
peddle, vend and sell goods, wares or merchandise or solicit trade  upon
the  streets and highways within such city shall issue specialized vend-
ing licenses to honorably discharged members of the armed forces of  the
United States who are EITHER physically OR MENTALLY disabled as a result
of  injuries  received while in the service of said armed forces and who
are eligible to hold licenses granted pursuant to section thirty-two  of
this  article. Such specialized vending licenses shall authorize holders
thereof to hawk or peddle  within  such  city  in  accordance  with  the
provisions  contained  in  this  section.  Specialized  vending licenses
issued under this section shall permit the holders thereof  to  vend  on
any  block  face, and no licensee authorized under this section shall be
restricted in any way from vending in any area, except  as  provided  in
this section.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14608-01-4

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