Bill S7225-2013

Includes mentally disabled as among those veterans qualified to hold licenses granted under section 35-a of the general business law

Includes mentally disabled as among those veterans qualified to hold licenses granted under section 35-a of the general business law.

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  • Jun 20, 2014: COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jun 2, 2014: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • May 29, 2014: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • May 28, 2014: 1ST REPORT CAL.1013
  • May 6, 2014: REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

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VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs - May 28, 2014
Ayes (13): Ball, Carlucci, Flanagan, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Larkin, Zeldin, Addabbo, Gipson, Sanders, Tkaczyk, Latimer

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BILL NUMBER:S7225

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general business law, in relation to veterans of the armed forces who vend in cities having a population of one million or more

PURPOSE: Includes mentally disabled as among those veterans qualified to hold licenses granted under section 35-a of the general business law.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section One - amends subdivision 1 of section 35-a of the general business law by adding chapter 227 of the laws of 1998 to read as follows: In cities having a population of one million or more, the official designated by a local law or ordinance to issue a local license to hawk, peddle, vend and sell goods, wares or merchandise or solicit trade upon the streets and highways within such city will issue specialized vending licenses to honorably discharged members of the armed forces of the United States who are either physically or mentally disabled as a result of injuries received while in the service of said armed forces and who are eligible to hold licenses granted pursuant to section thirty-two of this article. Such specialized vending licenses will authorize holders to hawk or peddle within such city in provisions contained in this section. Specialized vending licenses issued under this section will permit the holders to vend on any block face, and no license authorized under this section will be restricted in any way from vending in any area, except as provided in this section.

Section Two - this act shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION: Currently, New York City does not include veterans with mental disabilities, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), in its definition of what a "disabled veteran" is, it only includes "physically" disabled under the definition. The goal of this legislation is to provide disabled veterans, with mental disabilities the same opportunity as the physically disabled veterans.

According to the vending list provided by the Department of Consumer Affairs, mentally disabled veterans are currently towards the bottom of the priority list. This is not fair to these veterans who have been excluded from the New York City recognized definition to be put on the bottom of this list. This legislation would provide an equality opportunity that is well deserved for these veterans by including all veterans that are rated as disabled by the Veterans Affairs (VA) under the same definition.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7225 IN SENATE May 6, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. BALL -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi- ty and Military Affairs AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to veterans of the armed forces who vend in cities having a population of one million or more THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 35-a of the general business law, as added by chapter 227 of the laws of 1998, is amended to read as follows: (a) In cities having a population of one million or more, the official designated by a local law or ordinance to issue a local license to hawk, peddle, vend and sell goods, wares or merchandise or solicit trade upon the streets and highways within such city shall issue specialized vend- ing licenses to honorably discharged members of the armed forces of the United States who are EITHER physically OR MENTALLY disabled as a result of injuries received while in the service of said armed forces and who are eligible to hold licenses granted pursuant to section thirty-two of this article. Such specialized vending licenses shall authorize holders thereof to hawk or peddle within such city in accordance with the provisions contained in this section. Specialized vending licenses issued under this section shall permit the holders thereof to vend on any block face, and no licensee authorized under this section shall be restricted in any way from vending in any area, except as provided in this section. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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