senate Bill S708A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Enacts the accessible electronic information act for blind and disabled persons; creates a new fund in the state finance law; authorizes a NFP to administer the program

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 31, 2014 print number 708a
amend and recommit to energy and telecommunications
Jan 08, 2014 referred to energy and telecommunications
Jan 09, 2013 referred to energy and telecommunications

S708 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2916A
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §92-h, Pub Serv L; add §99-v, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S6392, A9233
2009-2010: S2615B

S708 - Summary

Enacts the accessible electronic information act for blind and disabled persons; creates a new fund in the state finance law.

S708 - Sponsor Memo

S708 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                   708

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations

AN  ACT  to  amend  the public service law and the state finance law, in
  relation to enacting the accessible electronic information act

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

  Section  1.  Short title.  This act shall be known and may be cited as
the "accessible electronic information act".
  S 2. Legislative finding. The National Federation of the Blind  estab-
lished  the  NFB-NEWSLINE  to  increase the ability of visually impaired
individuals to receive information provided  by  newspapers,  magazines,
journals  and other print media which are traditionally unavailable in a
limited  electronic  broadcast.  Since  2002,  this  vital  service  has
provided visually impaired New Yorkers with information on job listings,
self-help magazines, do-it-yourself guides, political magazines, several
newspapers,  TV  guide listings, and other literary necessities that all
sighted New Yorkers have enjoyed. This  legislation  provides  a  stable
means to bring NEWSLINE to New York.
  S 3. The public service law is amended by adding a new section 92-g to
read as follows:
  S 92-G. ACCESSIBLE ELECTRONIC INFORMATION; BLIND AND DISABLED PERSONS.
1.  A  QUALIFIED NOT-FOR-PROFIT ENTITY CAPABLE OF PROVIDING SUCH SERVICE
SHALL PROVIDE AN ACCESSIBLE ELECTRONIC INFORMATION SERVICE FOR  ELIGIBLE
BLIND  AND DISABLED PERSONS. THIS SERVICE SHALL BE PLANNED FOR CONTINUA-
TION FROM YEAR TO YEAR AND MAKE MAXIMUM USE OF FEDERAL,  STATE,  PRIVATE
AND  OTHER FUNDS AVAILABLE, INCLUDING OBTAINING GRANT OR IN-KIND SUPPORT
FROM APPROPRIATE PROGRAMS AND SECURING  ACCESS  TO  LOW-COST  INTERSTATE
RATES FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS BY REIMBURSEMENT OR OTHERWISE.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02775-01-3

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S708A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2916A
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §92-h, Pub Serv L; add §99-v, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S6392, A9233
2009-2010: S2615B

S708A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the accessible electronic information act for blind and disabled persons; creates a new fund in the state finance law.

S708A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S708A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 708--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations  --  recommitted  to  the Committee on Energy and Telecommuni-
  cations in  accordance  with  Senate  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the public service law and the state finance law, in
  relation to enacting the accessible electronic information act

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

  Section  1.  Short title.  This act shall be known and may be cited as
the "accessible electronic information act".
  S 2. Legislative finding. The National Federation of the Blind  estab-
lished  the  NFB-NEWSLINE  to  increase the ability of visually impaired
individuals to receive information provided  by  newspapers,  magazines,
journals  and other print media which are traditionally unavailable in a
limited  electronic  broadcast.  Since  2002,  this  vital  service  has
provided visually impaired New Yorkers with information on job listings,
self-help magazines, do-it-yourself guides, political magazines, several
newspapers,  TV  guide listings, and other literary necessities that all
sighted New Yorkers have enjoyed. This  legislation  provides  a  stable
means to bring NEWSLINE to New York.
  S 3. The public service law is amended by adding a new section 92-h to
read as follows:
  S 92-H. ACCESSIBLE ELECTRONIC INFORMATION; BLIND AND DISABLED PERSONS.
1.  A  QUALIFIED NOT-FOR-PROFIT ENTITY CAPABLE OF PROVIDING SUCH SERVICE
SHALL PROVIDE AN ACCESSIBLE ELECTRONIC INFORMATION SERVICE FOR  ELIGIBLE
BLIND  AND DISABLED PERSONS. THIS SERVICE SHALL BE PLANNED FOR CONTINUA-
TION FROM YEAR TO YEAR AND MAKE MAXIMUM USE OF FEDERAL,  STATE,  PRIVATE
AND  OTHER FUNDS AVAILABLE, INCLUDING OBTAINING GRANT OR IN-KIND SUPPORT
FROM APPROPRIATE PROGRAMS AND SECURING  ACCESS  TO  LOW-COST  INTERSTATE
RATES FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS BY REIMBURSEMENT OR OTHERWISE.

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