senate Bill S2774A

2019-2020 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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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 20, 2019 committed to rules
Mar 05, 2019 advanced to third reading
Mar 04, 2019 2nd report cal.
Feb 28, 2019 1st report cal.200
Feb 14, 2019 print number 2774a
Feb 14, 2019 amend and recommit to ethics and internal governance
Jan 29, 2019 referred to ethics and internal governance

Votes

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Feb 28, 2019 - Ethics and Internal Governance committee Vote

S2774A
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committee
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Aye
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Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
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Absent
0
Excused
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Abstained
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Ethics and Internal Governance Committee Vote: Feb 28, 2019

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S2774 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3385
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
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
2017-2018: S8129, A8158

S2774 - 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.

S2774 - Sponsor Memo

S2774 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  2774

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 29, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  COMRIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Ethics and Internal Gover-
  nance

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-TWO, 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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02919-01-9

S2774A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3385
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
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
2017-2018: S8129, A8158

S2774A (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.

S2774A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S2774A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 2774--A

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 29, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  COMRIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Ethics and Internal Gover-
  nance -- committee discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

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 handicapped]
ACCESSIBILITY.  1. It shall be the duty of each public officer responsi-
ble for the scheduling or siting of any public hearing to  make  reason-
able  efforts  to  ensure  (A) that such hearings are held in facilities
that permit barrier-free physical access to the physically  handicapped,
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 DEAF OR
HARD OF HEARING 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 INTERPRETER, IF  AVAIL-
ABLE,  TO INTERPRET THE PROCEEDING TO, AND THE TESTIMONY OF SUCH PERSONS
WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING; PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,  THAT  SUCH  ACTION
DOES  NOT IMPOSE AN UNDUE HARDSHIP ON THE PUBLIC BODY HOLDING SUCH HEAR-
ING.
  2. (A) ON AND AFTER  JANUARY  FIRST,  TWO  THOUSAND  TWENTY-TWO,  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

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

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