senate Bill S7392

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Includes persons with disabilities as "minority group members" as defined in the executive law

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May 14, 2014 referred to finance

S7392 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9305
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง310, Exec L

S7392 - Bill Texts

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Includes persons with disabilities as "minority group members" as defined in the executive law.

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BILL NUMBER:S7392

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the
definition of "minority group member"

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

This bill expands the definition of "minority" under NYS Executive Law,
Article 15-A, for Participation by Minority Group Members and Women with
Respect to State Contracts, expanding businesses run by "people with
disabilities" in the definition under Section 310, 6(e) consistent with
the definition in Human Rights Law Article 15, Section 292, (21).

JUSTIFICATION:

People with disabilities represent a significant minority group in the
nation and the state. Based on data from the American Community Survey
(ACS), in 2013, there were 2,099,458 (10.9%) New Yorkers with disabili-
ties.

Of the 1,043,603 individuals with disabilities ages 18 to 64 years
living in the community, 322,875 individuals were employed-creating an
employment rate of 30.9 percent. This resulted in a gap of 41.8%
compared to individuals without disabilities in the same age range in
the State.

Of the 1,034,056 individuals with disabilities ages 18 to 64 years who
were living in the community, 308,030 individuals lived in poverty, a
poverty rate of 29.8 percent, more than twice that of people without
disabilities in the State.

For the individuals with disabilities ages 16 years and over living in
the community that had earnings from work, median earnings were $21,605.
It results in a gap of $12,627 when compared to individuals without
disabilities for the same age in the State.

As a result of these significant gaps, people with disabilities need
more employment opportunities, including self-employment that encourages
business development and use of technology and telecommuting. While
advances have been made over the past two decades, some people with
disabilities may still be facing barriers to employment due to accessi-
bility issues. Certainly, traditional work options in various job
markets at offices made inclusive and accessible to people with disabil-
ities are desirable.

However, one way to address these concerns and increase opportunity for
this significant population would be to amend and expand the definition
of "minority" under NYS Executive Law, Article 15-A, for Participation
by Minority Group Members and Women with Respect to State Contracts,
expanding businesses run by "people with disabilities" in the definition
under Section 310, 6(e) consistent with the definition in Human Rights
Law Article 15, Section 292, (21).

It should be noted that the emphasis of this opportunity is to encourage
self-employment for people with disabilities leading to their economic
self-sufficiency. Businesses under this designation must be owned by a
person with a disability and provide integrated employment at compet-
itive wages, encouraging the hiring of additional workers with disabili-
ties in an inclusive workforce.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take place immediately.

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

                                  7392

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 14, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  MARCELLINO  -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in  relation  to  the  definition  of
  "minority group member"

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

  Section 1. Paragraphs (c) and (d) of subdivision 8 of section  310  of
the  executive  law,  as  added  by chapter 261 of the laws of 1988, are
amended and a new paragraph (e) is added to read as follows:
  (c) Native American or Alaskan native persons having origins in any of
the original peoples of North America[.];
  (d) Asian and Pacific Islander persons having origins in  any  of  the
Far  East  countries,  South  East  Asia, the Indian subcontinent or the
Pacific Islands[.];
  (E) A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION TWENTY-ONE OF
SECTION TWO HUNDRED NINETY-TWO OF THIS CHAPTER.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately, provided,  however,  that
the amendments to subdivision 8 of section 310 of the executive law made
by  section  one  of  this  act  shall not affect the expiration of such
section and shall be deemed to expire therewith.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14578-01-4

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