|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Apr 06, 2018||referred to finance|
senate Bill S8129
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Finance Committee
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S8129 (ACTIVE) - Details
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
BILL NUMBER: S8129 Revised 6/15/18 SPONSOR: COMRIE TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public officers law, in relation to the accessibility of public hearings and meetings PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To provide interpreters and assisted listening devices for deaf and hearing impaired individuals at public hearings and meetings. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends section 74-a of the Public Officers Law requiring the services of interpreters for the deaf be made available upon request of a deaf indi- vidual at public hearings, as well as requiring certain hearing rooms to be equipped with assisted listening devices. Amends section 103 of the Public Officers Law adding a new subdivision (c) to ensure the provision of interpreters at meetings conducted by public bodies, as well as requiring certain hearing rooms to be equipped with assisted listening devices.
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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