senate Bill S850A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Directs public service commission to require telephone corporations to provide free directory information or assistance to certain eligible disabled persons

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 29, 2014 print number 850a
amend and recommit to energy and telecommunications
Jan 08, 2014 referred to energy and telecommunications
Jan 09, 2013 referred to energy and telecommunications

S850 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7238A
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §92-h, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3529
2009-2010: S3938

S850 - Summary

Directs the public service commission to require all telephone corporations to provide free directory information or assistance to blind persons meeting specified visual acuity standards and also to certain other physically handicapped persons who are certified as meeting certain specified criteria; requires that the public service commission establish procedures by which free access to directory information and assistance is automatically registered as exempt from all charges; makes related provisions.

S850 - Sponsor Memo

S850 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                   850

                       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, in relation to mandating direc-
  tory information or assistance for certain eligible persons at no cost
  to such persons

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

  Section  1.  The public service law is amended by adding a new section
92-g to read as follows:
  S 92-G. DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE FOR ELIGIBLE PERSONS. 1.  THE  COMMISSION
SHALL  REQUIRE  ALL TELEPHONE CORPORATIONS TO PROVIDE DIRECTORY INFORMA-
TION OR ASSISTANCE TO ELIGIBLE PERSONS, AS PROVIDED IN  SUBDIVISION  TWO
OF  THIS  SECTION,  AT  NO  COST TO SUCH PERSONS.   THE COMMISSION SHALL
ESTABLISH PROCEDURES BY WHICH FREE ACCESS TO SUCH INFORMATION OR ASSIST-
ANCE FOR SUCH PERSONS IS AUTOMATICALLY REGISTERED  AS  EXEMPT  FROM  ALL
CHARGES.
  2.  THE  FOLLOWING  PERSONS  ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SERVICE PURSUANT TO THIS
SECTION:
  (A) BLIND PERSONS WHOSE VISUAL  ACUITY,  AS  DETERMINED  BY  COMPETENT
AUTHORITY,  IS  20/200 OR LESS IN THE BETTER EYE WITH CORRECTING LENSES,
OR WHOSE WIDEST DIAMETER OF VISUAL FIELD SUBTENDS  ANGULAR  DISTANCE  NO
GREATER THAN TWENTY DEGREES.
  (B) OTHER PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED PERSONS ARE ELIGIBLE AS FOLLOWS:
  (I) PERSONS WHOSE VISUAL DISABILITY, WITH CORRECTION AND REGARDLESS OF
OPTICAL  MEASUREMENT,  IS CERTIFIED BY COMPETENT AUTHORITY AS PREVENTING
THE READING OF STANDARD PRINTED MATERIAL.
  (II) PERSONS CERTIFIED BY COMPETENT AUTHORITY AS  UNABLE  TO  READ  OR
UNABLE  TO USE STANDARD PRINTED MATERIAL AS A RESULT OF PHYSICAL LIMITA-
TIONS.

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

S850A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7238A
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §92-h, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3529
2009-2010: S3938

S850A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Directs the public service commission to require all telephone corporations to provide free directory information or assistance to blind persons meeting specified visual acuity standards and also to certain other physically handicapped persons who are certified as meeting certain specified criteria; requires that the public service commission establish procedures by which free access to directory information and assistance is automatically registered as exempt from all charges; makes related provisions.

S850A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S850A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 850--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, in relation to mandating direc-
  tory information or assistance for certain eligible persons at no cost
  to such persons

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

  Section  1.  The public service law is amended by adding a new section
92-h to read as follows:
  S 92-H. DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE FOR ELIGIBLE PERSONS. 1.  THE  COMMISSION
SHALL  REQUIRE  ALL TELEPHONE CORPORATIONS TO PROVIDE DIRECTORY INFORMA-
TION OR ASSISTANCE TO ELIGIBLE PERSONS, AS PROVIDED IN  SUBDIVISION  TWO
OF  THIS  SECTION,  AT  NO  COST TO SUCH PERSONS.   THE COMMISSION SHALL
ESTABLISH PROCEDURES BY WHICH FREE ACCESS TO SUCH INFORMATION OR ASSIST-
ANCE FOR SUCH PERSONS IS AUTOMATICALLY REGISTERED  AS  EXEMPT  FROM  ALL
CHARGES.
  2.  THE  FOLLOWING  PERSONS  ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SERVICE PURSUANT TO THIS
SECTION:
  (A) BLIND PERSONS WHOSE VISUAL  ACUITY,  AS  DETERMINED  BY  COMPETENT
AUTHORITY,  IS  20/200 OR LESS IN THE BETTER EYE WITH CORRECTING LENSES,
OR WHOSE WIDEST DIAMETER OF VISUAL FIELD SUBTENDS  ANGULAR  DISTANCE  NO
GREATER THAN TWENTY DEGREES.
  (B) OTHER PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED PERSONS ARE ELIGIBLE AS FOLLOWS:
  (I) PERSONS WHOSE VISUAL DISABILITY, WITH CORRECTION AND REGARDLESS OF
OPTICAL  MEASUREMENT,  IS CERTIFIED BY COMPETENT AUTHORITY AS PREVENTING
THE READING OF STANDARD PRINTED MATERIAL.

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

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