senate Bill S8129

2017-2018 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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Apr 06, 2018 referred to finance

S8129 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8158
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
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
2015-2016: A1669
2019-2020: S2774, A3385

S8129 (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.

S8129 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8129 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  8129

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 6, 2018
                               ___________

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

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:
  § 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 TWENTY, 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; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT SUCH ACTION  DOES  NOT  IMPOSE  AN
UNDUE HARDSHIP ON THE PUBLIC BODY EQUIPPING SUCH ROOMS.
  (B)  FOR  PURPOSES  OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE TERM "ASSISTIVE LISTENING
SYSTEM" SHALL MEAN SITUATIONAL-PERSONAL ACOUSTIC COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT
DESIGNED TO IMPROVE THE TRANSMISSION AND AUDITORY  RECEPTION  OF  SOUND.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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