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A00517 Summary:

BILL NOA00517
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORRosenthal L
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add 15-d & 15-e, Transp L
 
Requires the provision of assistive listening systems in New York state public transportation terminals.
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A00517 Actions:

BILL NOA00517
 
01/09/2017referred to transportation
01/03/2018referred to transportation
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A00517 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                           517
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     January 9, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  ROSENTHAL  --  read once and referred to the
          Committee on Transportation
 
        AN ACT to amend the transportation law, in  relation  to  requiring  the
          provision  of  assistive  listening  systems  in New York state public
          transportation terminals

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  The transportation law is amended by adding a new section
     2  15-d to read as follows:
     3    § 15-d. Accessible transportation system; assistive listening systems.
     4  1. All public transportation terminals  including  but  not  limited  to
     5  airports, bus stations, rest areas, and railroad stations located within
     6  the  state  shall be equipped and maintained with an assistive listening
     7  system for use by people who are hard of hearing who require the use  of
     8  such  a  system  to improve their reception of sound. Standards for such
     9  systems shall be developed by the state  fire  prevention  and  building
    10  code  council  upon receiving recommendations from the advisory board on
    11  assistive listening systems in places  of  public  assembly,  and  shall
    12  provide for:
    13    (a)  announcements to passengers, including emergency instructions, to
    14  be captioned in real time on screens in airports and rail stations;
    15    (b) prominently display appropriate signage and using specific symbols
    16  indicating the type of assistive listening systems available; and
    17    (c) microphone systems sufficient to support a hearing-aid  compatible
    18  assistive  listening  system. Display the universal symbol for assistive
    19  listening at ticketing and information booths and the areas where it  is
    20  available.
    21    2.  The  commissioner is authorized to promulgate such rules and regu-
    22  lations as he or she deems necessary to carry out the provisions of this
    23  subdivision.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01778-01-7

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     1    3. The provisions of this  section  shall  not  apply  to  private-use
     2  airports or railroad terminals.
     3    4. All facilities subject to the provisions of this section shall have
     4  a  compliant  assistive  listening  system  installed  and available for
     5  public use by a date no later than thirty-six months after this  section
     6  shall have become a law.
     7    5. For purposes of this section:
     8    a.  "airport" has the same meaning as such term is defined in subdivi-
     9  sion five of section two hundred forty of the general business law;
    10    b. "assistive listening system" shall mean situational-personal acous-
    11  tic communication equipment designed to  improve  the  transmission  and
    12  auditory reception of sound. Such system shall include but not be limit-
    13  ed  to  the  use of standard amplitude modulation, frequency modulation,
    14  induction loop, infrared system  (IR),  or  hard  wired  induction  loop
    15  system;
    16    c.  "private-use"  refers to an airport terminal, bus station or rail-
    17  road station used exclusively by the owner thereof and  persons  author-
    18  ized by such owner;
    19    d. "public-use" refers to an airport terminal, bus station, rest area,
    20  railroad  station  or other public transportation terminal available for
    21  use by the general public without a requirement for the  prior  approval
    22  of  the  owner  or operator thereof except as may be required by federal
    23  law or regulation; and
    24    e. "railroad" has the same meaning as such term is defined in  section
    25  two of this chapter.
    26    § 2. The transportation law is amended by adding a new section 15-e to
    27  read as follows:
    28    § 15-e. Visual emergency alarm. 1. All public transportation terminals
    29  including  but  not  limited  to airports, bus stations, rest areas, and
    30  railroad stations shall be equipped with visual  alarm  elements  suffi-
    31  cient  to  communicate effectively for emergency evacuation measures for
    32  use by people who are deaf or hard of hearing no later  than  thirty-six
    33  months after this section shall have become a law.
    34    2.  Standards  for  such  alarms  shall be developed by the state fire
    35  prevention and building code council upon receiving recommendations from
    36  the advisory board on assistive listening systems in  places  of  public
    37  assembly;  provided  that such visual element shall not utilize blinking
    38  lights and shall be designed to minimize  the  possibility  or  risk  of
    39  triggering seizures in persons who have epilepsy or photosensitivity.
    40    § 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    41  it  shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend-
    42  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    43  tation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made on or
    44  before such effective date.
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