A03385 Summary:

BILL NOA03385A
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORDickens
 
COSPNSRSantabarbara, Fall, Seawright
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 74-a & 103, Pub Off L
 
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.
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A03385 Actions:

BILL NOA03385A
 
01/29/2019referred to governmental operations
04/25/2019amend and recommit to governmental operations
04/25/2019print number 3385a
05/21/2019reported referred to ways and means
05/21/2019reported
05/23/2019advanced to third reading cal.400
05/29/2019passed assembly
05/29/2019delivered to senate
05/29/2019REFERRED TO ETHICS AND INTERNAL GOVERNANCE
01/08/2020DIED IN SENATE
01/08/2020RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
01/08/2020ordered to third reading cal.140
01/29/2020passed assembly
01/29/2020delivered to senate
01/29/2020REFERRED TO ETHICS AND INTERNAL GOVERNANCE
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A03385 Committee Votes:

GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS Chair:Titus DATE:05/21/2019AYE/NAY:10/4 Action: Favorable refer to committee Ways and Means
TitusAyeJohnsAye
GalefNayGoodellNay
GlickAyeLalorNay
KimAyeByrneNay
BuchwaldAye
BichotteAye
BlakeAye
HyndmanAye
WilliamsAye
EpsteinAye

WAYS AND MEANS Chair:Weinstein DATE:05/21/2019AYE/NAY:26/6 Action: Favorable
WeinsteinAyeBarclayNay
LentolAyeCrouchNay
SchimmingerAyeFitzpatrickAye
GanttExcusedHawleyNay
GlickAyeMalliotakisAye
NolanExcusedMontesanoAye
PretlowAyeRaAye
PerryAyeBlankenbushNay
ColtonAyePalmesanoNay
CookAyeNorrisNay
CahillAye
AubryAye
ThieleAye
CusickAye
OrtizAye
BenedettoAye
WeprinAye
RodriguezExcused
RamosAye
BraunsteinAye
McDonaldAye
RozicAye
SimotasAye
DinowitzAye
MillerAye

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A03385 Floor Votes:

DATE:05/29/2019Assembly Vote  YEA/NAY: 120/20
AbbateYCrespoYGanttERLiPetriYPerryYSimonY
AbinantiYCrouchNOGarbarinoYLupardoYPheffer AmatoYSimotasY
ArroyoYCruzYGiglioERMagnarelliYPichardoERSmithY
AshbyYCusickYGlickYMalliotakisYPretlowYSmullenNO
AubryYCymbrowitzYGoodellNOManktelowNOQuartYSolagesY
BarclayNODavilaYGottfriedYMcDonaldYRaYStecNO
BarnwellYDe La RosaYGriffinYMcDonoughERRaiaYSteckY
BarrettYDenDekkerYGuntherYMcMahonYRamosYSternY
BarronYDeStefanoYHawleyNOMikulinYRaynorERStirpeY
BenedettoYDickensYHevesiYMill B NOReillyYTagueNO
BichotteYDilanYHunterYMill MGYReyesYTaylorY
BlakeYDinowitzYHyndmanYMill MLYRichardsonYThieleY
BlankenbushNODiPietroNOJacobsonYMontesanoERRiveraYTitusER
BrabenecNOD'UrsoYJaffeeYMorinelloYRodriguezYVanelY
BraunsteinYEichensteinYJean-PierreYMosleyYRomeoYWalczykNO
BronsonYEnglebrightYJohnsYNiouYRose D YWalkerY
BuchwaldYEpsteinYJonesYNolanERRose L YWallaceY
BurkeYFahyYJoynerYNorrisNORozicYWalshNO
ButtenschonYFallYKimYO'DonnellERRyanYWeinsteinY
ByrneNOFernandezYKolbYOrtizYSalkaYWeprinY
ByrnesYFinchYLalorNOOtisYSantabarbaraYWilliamsY
CahillYFitzpatrickYLavineYPalmesanoNOSayeghYWoernerNO
CarrollYFriendNOLawrenceYPalumboYSchimmingerYWrightY
ColtonYFrontusYLentolYPaulinERSchmittYZebrowskiY
CookYGalefYLiftonYPeoples-StokesYSeawrightYMr SpkrY

DATE:01/29/2020Assembly Vote  YEA/NAY: 114/23
AbbateYCrespoYFrontusYLentolYPaulinYSimonY
AbinantiYCrouchYGalefNOLiftonYPeoples-StokesYSimotasY
ArroyoYCruzYGanttERLiPetriYPerryYSmithY
AshbyYCusickYGarbarinoYLupardoYPheffer AmatoYSmullenY
AubryYCymbrowitzYGiglioYMagnarelliYPichardoYSolagesY
BarclayNODarlingYGlickYMalliotakisERPretlowYStecNO
BarnwellYRaynorYGoodellNOManktelowNOQuartYSteckY
BarrettYDavilaERGottfriedYMcDonaldYRaYSternY
BarronYDe La RosaYGriffinYMcDonoughERRamosYStirpeY
BenedettoYDenDekkerYGuntherNOMcMahonYReillyYTagueNO
BichotteYDeStefanoYHawleyNOMikulinYReyesYTaylorY
BlakeYDickensYHevesiYMill B NORichardsonYThieleY
BlankenbushNODilanYHunterYMill MGYRiveraYVanelY
BrabenecNODinowitzERHyndmanYMill MLYRodriguezERWalczykNO
BraunsteinYDiPietroNOJacobsonYMontesanoYRomeoERWalkerY
BronsonYD'UrsoYJaffeeYMorinelloYRose D YWallaceY
BuchwaldYEichensteinYJean-PierreYMosleyYRose L YWalshNO
BurkeEREnglebrightYJohnsYNiouYRozicYWeinsteinY
ButtenschonNOEpsteinYJonesNONolanYRyanYWeprinY
ByrneNOFahyYJoynerYNorrisNOSalkaYWilliamsY
ByrnesNOFallYKimYO'DonnellYSantabarbaraYWoernerNO
CahillYFernandezYKolbEROrtizYSayeghYWrightY
CarrollYFinchERLalorNOOtisYSchimmingerERZebrowskiY
ColtonYFitzpatrickYLavineYPalmesanoNOSchmittYMr SpkrY
CookYFriendNOLawrenceYPalumboYSeawrightY

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A03385 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A3385A
 
SPONSOR: Dickens
  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 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. The bill also amends section 103 of the Public Offi- cers Law 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.Provisions are included for the public body to not have to provide the services of an interpreter or assisted listening devices if such actions pose an undue hardship on the public body.   DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORIGINAL AND AMENDED VERSION (IF APPLICABLE): The bill changes the term "hearing impaired" to "deaf of hard of hear- ing."   JUSTIFICATION: The services of interpreters, and assisted listening devices, for indi- viduals who are deaf or hearing impaired are essential if such persons are to fully participate in public hearings and meetings conducted by governmental bodies. Similar provisions exist for administrative rule making proceedings. Individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired who wish to attend such should be afforded every opportunity possible to fully engage with public bodies by participating at public hearings. Provisions are included in this bill allowing the public body to not have to engage in the services of a qualified interpreter, or provide assisted listening devices if doing so presents an undue hardship.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2018: A8158 - Passed Assembly 2017: A8158: referred to governmental operations 2015-2016: A.1669A - Passed Assembly 2013-2014: A.2826 - Passed Assembly 2011 - 2012: A.1932 - Passed Assembly 2009 - 2010: A.2102 - Passed Assembly 2009: A.637A - Passed Assembly   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: Minor costs associated with the hiring of interpreters on a meeting per meeting basis, and with equipping hearing rooms with assisted listening devices.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect January 1, 2022.
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A03385 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         3385--A
 
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 29, 2019
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. DICKENS -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Governmental Operations -- 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:
 
     1    Section  1. Section 74-a of the public officers law, as added by chap-
     2  ter 368 of the laws of 1977, is amended to read as follows:
     3    § 74-a. Duty of public officers regarding [the physically handicapped]
     4  accessibility.  1. It shall be the duty of each public officer responsi-
     5  ble for the scheduling or siting of any public hearing to  make  reason-
     6  able  efforts  to  ensure  (a) that such hearings are held in facilities
     7  that permit barrier-free physical access to the physically  handicapped,
     8  as  defined in subdivision five of section fifty of the public buildings
     9  law; and (b) that services of a qualified interpreter, if available, are
    10  provided at such public hearings at no charge to persons who are deaf or
    11  hard of hearing upon written request to the public  officer  responsible
    12  for  the  scheduling or siting of the public hearing within a reasonable
    13  time prior to such hearing. If interpreter services are  requested,  the
    14  public  officer  responsible  for the scheduling or siting of the public
    15  hearing shall engage the services of a qualified interpreter, if  avail-
    16  able,  to interpret the proceeding to, and the testimony of such persons
    17  who are deaf or hard of hearing; provided,  however,  that  such  action
    18  does  not impose an undue hardship on the public body holding such hear-
    19  ing.
    20    2. (a) On and after  January  first,  two  thousand  twenty-two,  such
    21  public  officers  shall  have the power and it shall be their individual
    22  duty to equip any rooms used for public hearings which accommodate  more
    23  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.
                                                                   LBD02919-03-9

        A. 3385--A                          2
 
     1  the deaf or hard of hearing; provided, however, that  such  action  does
     2  not impose an undue hardship on the public body equipping such rooms.
     3    (b)  For  purposes  of this subdivision, the term "assistive listening
     4  system" shall mean situational-personal acoustic communication equipment
     5  designed to improve the transmission and auditory  reception  of  sound.
     6  Such  system  shall  include  but  not be limited to the use of standard
     7  amplitude modulation (AM), frequency modulation  (FM),  audio  induction
     8  loop, infrared light sound, or hard wire systems.
     9    §  2.  Subdivision  (d)  of section 103 of the public officers law, as
    10  added by chapter 40 of the laws of 2010, is relettered  subdivision  (g)
    11  and two new subdivisions (h) and (i) are added to read as follows:
    12    (h)  Public  bodies  shall  make  or  cause  to be made all reasonable
    13  efforts to ensure that services of a qualified  interpreter,  if  avail-
    14  able,  are  provided at meetings at no charge to persons who are deaf or
    15  hard of hearing upon written request to the public body within a reason-
    16  able time prior to such meeting. If interpreter services are  requested,
    17  the public body shall engage the services of a qualified interpreter, if
    18  available, to interpret the proceedings of the meeting; provided, howev-
    19  er,  that  such  action  does not impose an undue hardship on the public
    20  body holding such meeting.
    21    (i) (1) On and after January first, two  thousand  twenty-two,  public
    22  bodies  shall  have  the  power and it shall be their collective duty to
    23  equip meeting rooms which accommodate more than one hundred persons with
    24  an assistive listening system for use by the deaf or  hard  of  hearing;
    25  provided, however, that such action does not impose an undue hardship on
    26  the public body equipping such rooms.
    27    (2)  For  purposes  of  this  section,  the  term "assistive listening
    28  system" shall mean situational-personal acoustic communication equipment
    29  designed to improve the transmission and auditory  reception  of  sound.
    30  Such  system  shall  include  but  not be limited to the use of standard
    31  amplitude modulation (AM), frequency modulation  (FM),  audio  induction
    32  loop, infrared light sound, or hard wire systems.
    33    § 3. This act shall take effect January 1, 2022.
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A03385 LFIN:

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A03385 Chamber Video/Transcript:

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