assembly Bill A1669A

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Requires public officers and bodies to provide interpreters and assistive listening devices for the hearing impaired at public hearings under certain conditions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 16, 2016 referred to investigations and government operations
delivered to senate
passed assembly
Jan 06, 2016 ordered to third reading cal.78
returned to assembly
died in senate
May 11, 2015 referred to investigations and government operations
delivered to senate
passed assembly
May 04, 2015 amended on third reading 1669a
Apr 30, 2015 advanced to third reading cal.231
Apr 28, 2015 reported
Apr 22, 2015 reported referred to ways and means
Jan 12, 2015 referred to governmental operations

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Multi-Sponsors

A1669 - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Investigations And Government Operations
Law Section:
Public Officers Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§74-a & 103, Pub Off L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A2102
2011-2012: A1932
2013-2014: A2826
2017-2018: A8158
2019-2020: A3385

A1669 - Summary

Requires public officers and public bodies to make reasonable efforts to provide qualified interpreters at no charge for the hearing impaired at public meetings and hearings upon written request to the public officer responsible for the siting of such hearing; also requires installation and use of assistive listening devices.

A1669 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  1669

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 12, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. WRIGHT, RODRIGUEZ, PERRY -- Multi-Sponsored by --
  M. of A. FARRELL -- read once and referred to the Committee on Govern-
  mental Operations

AN  ACT to amend the public officers law, in relation to the accessibil-
  ity of public hearings and meetings

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

  Section 1.  Section 74-a of the public officers law, as added by chap-
ter 368 of the laws of 1977, is amended to read as follows:
  S  74-a.    Duty  of  public  officers regarding [the physically hand-
icapped] ACCESSIBILITY.  1. It shall be the duty of each public  officer
responsible  for  the scheduling or siting of any public hearing to make
reasonable efforts to ensure (A) that such hearings are held in  facili-
ties  that  permit  barrier-free physical access to the physically hand-
icapped, as defined in subdivision five of section fifty of  the  public
buildings  law;  AND  (B)  THAT  SERVICES OF A QUALIFIED INTERPRETER, IF
AVAILABLE, ARE PROVIDED AT SUCH PUBLIC HEARINGS AT NO CHARGE TO  PERSONS
WHO  ARE  HEARING  IMPAIRED  UPON  WRITTEN REQUEST TO THE PUBLIC OFFICER
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SCHEDULING OR SITING OF THE PUBLIC HEARING WITHIN  A
REASONABLE  TIME  PRIOR  TO  SUCH  HEARING.  IF INTERPRETER SERVICES ARE
REQUESTED, THE PUBLIC OFFICER RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SCHEDULING  OR  SITING
OF  THE  PUBLIC  HEARING SHALL ENGAGE THE SERVICES OF A QUALIFIED INTER-
PRETER, IF AVAILABLE, TO INTERPRET THE PROCEEDING TO, AND THE  TESTIMONY
OF  SUCH  PERSONS WHO ARE HEARING IMPAIRED; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT SUCH
ACTION DOES NOT IMPOSE AN UNDUE HARDSHIP ON THE PUBLIC BODY HOLDING SUCH
HEARING.
  2. (A) ON AND AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND EIGHTEEN, SUCH  PUBLIC
OFFICERS  SHALL  HAVE THE POWER AND IT SHALL BE THEIR INDIVIDUAL DUTY TO
EQUIP ANY ROOMS USED FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS WHICH ACCOMMODATE MORE THAN ONE
HUNDRED PERSONS WITH AN ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEM FOR USE BY THE  HEAR-
ING IMPAIRED.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05014-01-5

Co-Sponsors

Multi-Sponsors

A1669A (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Investigations And Government Operations
Law Section:
Public Officers Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§74-a & 103, Pub Off L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A2102
2011-2012: A1932
2013-2014: A2826
2017-2018: A8158
2019-2020: A3385

A1669A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires public officers and public bodies to make reasonable efforts to provide qualified interpreters at no charge for the hearing impaired at public meetings and hearings upon written request to the public officer responsible for the siting of such hearing; also requires installation and use of assistive listening devices.

A1669A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 1669--A
                                                        Cal. No. 231

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 12, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. WRIGHT, RODRIGUEZ, PERRY -- Multi-Sponsored by --
  M.  of  A.    FARRELL  --  read  once and referred to the Committee on
  Governmental Operations -- reported and referred to the  Committee  on
  Ways  and  Means  --  advanced to a third reading, amended and ordered
  reprinted, retaining its place on the order of third reading

AN ACT to amend the public officers law, in relation to the  accessibil-
  ity of public hearings and meetings

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

  Section 1.  Section 74-a of the public officers law, as added by chap-
ter 368 of the laws of 1977, is amended to read as follows:
  S 74-a.   Duty of public  officers  regarding  [the  physically  hand-
icapped]  ACCESSIBILITY.  1. It shall be the duty of each public officer
responsible for the scheduling or siting of any public hearing  to  make
reasonable  efforts to ensure (A) that such hearings are held in facili-
ties that permit barrier-free physical access to  the  physically  hand-
icapped,  as  defined in subdivision five of section fifty of the public
buildings law; AND (B) THAT SERVICES  OF  A  QUALIFIED  INTERPRETER,  IF
AVAILABLE,  ARE PROVIDED AT SUCH PUBLIC HEARINGS AT NO CHARGE TO PERSONS
WHO ARE HEARING IMPAIRED UPON WRITTEN  REQUEST  TO  THE  PUBLIC  OFFICER
RESPONSIBLE  FOR THE SCHEDULING OR SITING OF THE PUBLIC HEARING WITHIN A
REASONABLE TIME PRIOR TO  SUCH  HEARING.  IF  INTERPRETER  SERVICES  ARE
REQUESTED,  THE  PUBLIC OFFICER RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SCHEDULING OR SITING
OF THE PUBLIC HEARING SHALL ENGAGE THE SERVICES OF  A  QUALIFIED  INTER-
PRETER,  IF AVAILABLE, TO INTERPRET THE PROCEEDING TO, AND THE TESTIMONY
OF SUCH PERSONS WHO ARE HEARING IMPAIRED; PROVIDED, HOWEVER,  THAT  SUCH
ACTION DOES NOT IMPOSE AN UNDUE HARDSHIP ON THE PUBLIC BODY HOLDING SUCH
HEARING.
  2.  (A) ON AND AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND EIGHTEEN, SUCH PUBLIC
OFFICERS SHALL HAVE THE POWER AND IT SHALL BE THEIR INDIVIDUAL  DUTY  TO
EQUIP ANY ROOMS USED FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS WHICH ACCOMMODATE MORE THAN ONE

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