|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Feb 24, 2021||advanced to third reading|
|Feb 23, 2021||2nd report cal.|
|Feb 22, 2021||1st report cal.395|
|Jan 29, 2021||referred to ethics and internal governance|
senate Bill S3430
Current Bill Status - On Floor Calendar
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S3430 (ACTIVE) - Details
S3430 (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; requires installation and use of assistive listening devices.
S3430 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S3430 SPONSOR: COMRIE TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public officers law, in relation to the accessibil- ity of public hearings and meetings PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To provide interpreters and assisted listening devices for deaf or hard of 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 or hard of hearing be made available upon request of a deaf or hard of hearing individual 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 new subdivisions to ensure the provision of interpreters at meetings
S3430 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 3430 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 29, 2021 ___________ 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 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) SUCH PUBLIC OFFICERS SHALL HAVE THE POWER AND IT SHALL BE THEIR INDIVIDUAL DUTY TO EQUIP ANY ROOMS USED FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS WHICH ACCOM- MODATE MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED PERSONS WITH AN ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEM FOR USE BY THE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT SUCH EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03709-02-1
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