Bill S5380-2013

Relates to members of the police force who use hearing assistance devices and the definition of disabled

Relates to members of the police force who use hearing assistance devices and the definition of disabled.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO CITIES
  • May 16, 2013: REFERRED TO CITIES

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BILL NUMBER:S5380

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to excluding members of the police force who use hearing assistance devices from the definition of disabled

PURPOSE OF BILL:

to prevent the NYC Police Department from banning members of the police force from wearing hearing assistance devices who can fully perform police duties with the use of such device.

SUMMARY OF THE SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

TO AMEND:

Section 14-122 of the administrative code of the city of New York to add the term "disabled" as used in this section shall not include those members of the police force who can fully perform police duties with the use of a hearing assistance device.

JUSTIFICATION:

The New York City Police Department has recently decided to enforce a "ban on hearing aid devices" policy for existing members of the police force who already wear hearing devices. The enactment of this bill relates to members of the police force who use hearing assistance devices. The passages of this bill will prevent the NYC Police Department from banning members of the police force who can fully perform police duties with the use of a hearing assistance device.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR THE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:

To Be Determined

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5380 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 16, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SANDERS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to excluding members of the police force who use hearing assistance devices from the definition of disabled THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 14-122 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to read as follows: S 14-122 Relief from active duty due to disability. The commissioner shall have power to relieve from active duty on patrol any member of the police force, who, while in the actual performance of duty and without fault or misconduct on his or her part, shall have become disabled, physically, as a result of injuries or illness attributable thereto, so as to be unfit to perform full police duty, such disability having been certified to by so many of the police surgeons as the commissioner may require. Such member may be assigned to the performance of such light duties as he or she may be qualified to perform. THE TERM "DISABLED" AS USED IN THIS SECTION SHALL NOT INCLUDE THOSE MEMBERS OF THE POLICE FORCE WHO CAN FULLY PERFORM POLICE DUTIES WITH THE USE OF A HEARING ASSISTANCE DEVICE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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