Includes persons with disabilities as "minority group members" as defined in the executive law.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the definition of "minority group member"
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
This bill expands the definition of "minority" under NYS Executive Law, Article 15-A, for Participation by Minority Group Members and Women with Respect to State Contracts, expanding businesses run by "people with disabilities" in the definition under Section 310, 6(e) consistent with the definition in Human Rights Law Article 15, Section 292, (21).
People with disabilities represent a significant minority group in the nation and the state. Based on data from the American Community Survey (ACS), in 2013, there were 2,099,458 (10.9%) New Yorkers with disabilities.
Of the 1,043,603 individuals with disabilities ages 18 to 64 years living in the community, 322,875 individuals were employed-creating an employment rate of 30.9 percent. This resulted in a gap of 41.8% compared to individuals without disabilities in the same age range in the State.
Of the 1,034,056 individuals with disabilities ages 18 to 64 years who were living in the community, 308,030 individuals lived in poverty, a poverty rate of 29.8 percent, more than twice that of people without disabilities in the State.
For the individuals with disabilities ages 16 years and over living in the community that had earnings from work, median earnings were $21,605. It results in a gap of $12,627 when compared to individuals without disabilities for the same age in the State.
As a result of these significant gaps, people with disabilities need more employment opportunities, including self-employment that encourages business development and use of technology and telecommuting. While advances have been made over the past two decades, some people with disabilities may still be facing barriers to employment due to accessibility issues. Certainly, traditional work options in various job markets at offices made inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities are desirable.
However, one way to address these concerns and increase opportunity for this significant population would be to amend and expand the definition of "minority" under NYS Executive Law, Article 15-A, for Participation by Minority Group Members and Women with Respect to State Contracts, expanding businesses run by "people with disabilities" in the definition under Section 310, 6(e) consistent with the definition in Human Rights Law Article 15, Section 292, (21).
It should be noted that the emphasis of this opportunity is to encourage self-employment for people with disabilities leading to their economic self-sufficiency. Businesses under this designation must be owned by a person with a disability and provide integrated employment at competitive wages, encouraging the hiring of additional workers with disabilities in an inclusive workforce.
This act shall take place immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7392 IN SENATE May 14, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. MARCELLINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to the definition of "minority group member" THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraphs (c) and (d) of subdivision 8 of section 310 of the executive law, as added by chapter 261 of the laws of 1988, are amended and a new paragraph (e) is added to read as follows: (c) Native American or Alaskan native persons having origins in any of the original peoples of North America
[.]; (d) Asian and Pacific Islander persons having origins in any of the Far East countries, South East Asia, the Indian subcontinent or the Pacific Islands [.]; (E) A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION TWENTY-ONE OF SECTION TWO HUNDRED NINETY-TWO OF THIS CHAPTER. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately, provided, however, that the amendments to subdivision 8 of section 310 of the executive law made by section one of this act shall not affect the expiration of such section and shall be deemed to expire therewith.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14578-01-4