Defines a "three-unit service dog team" and grants rights and privileges to such teams.
Ayes (63): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the civil rights law, in relation to defining a "three-unit service dog team" and granting rights and privileges to such teams
PURPOSE: This bill will allow individuals who are trained to handle and/or maintaining the training of the service dogs as part of a three unit service team to have the same rights and privileges under article 4-B of the civil rights law as a person with a disability.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Provides that person who are part of a three. unit service dog team, while engaged in continuing training and/or handling of the service dog on behalf of a person with a disability, will have the same right and privileges as a person with disability. under Article 4-B of the civil rights law.
Three unit service dog team is defined as a team consisting of a person with a disability, a trained service dog and a person over the age of eighteen who has been trained to handle a service dog.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill will ensure that individuals who are engaged in continued training of a service dog for a person with a disability will not be discriminated against.
The Federal Government recognized that the person with a disability may not be the individual handling the service dog. In recognition of this the Federal Government amended the ADA laws to reflect this. The State of Virginia also recognized this issue and passed a law creating the three-unit service team to ensure that individuals who are handling a service dog on behalf of a person with a disability will not be discriminated against. This bill will follow the Federal Government and Virginia's lead on this important issue.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Effective immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3866 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 25, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern- ment Operations AN ACT to amend the civil rights law, in relation to defining a "three- unit service dog team" and granting rights and privileges to such teams THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 47-b of the civil rights law is amended by adding a new subdivision 3-a to read as follows: 3-A. PERSONS WHO ARE PART OF A THREE-UNIT SERVICE DOG TEAM, WHILE ENGAGED IN CONTINUING TRAINING OF A SERVICE DOG, SHALL HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES SET FORTH FOR PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY IN THIS ARTICLE. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE, "THREE-UNIT SERVICE DOG TEAM" SHALL MEAN A TEAM CONSISTING OF A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY, A TRAINED SERVICE DOG, AND A PERSON OVER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN WHO HAS BEEN TRAINED TO HANDLE A SERVICE DOG. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05343-01-3