A07489 Summary:

BILL NO    A07489 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    Rosenthal

COSPNSR    

MLTSPNSR   

Rpld S303-a, add S131-y, Soc Serv L

Relates to state assistance for food and vet expenses for guide dogs, hearing
dogs and service dogs of individuals qualifying for social services; requires
regulations set an amount of no less than $50 a month; clarifies that service
dogs do not have to be certified to qualify for such benefits.
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A07489 Actions:

BILL NO    A07489 

05/13/2015 referred to social services
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A07489 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A07489 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A7489

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the social services law, in relation to
assistance for guide dogs, hearing dogs and service dogs and to repeal
section 303-a of such law relating thereto

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:  The purpose of this legislation is to
include food and veterinary expenditures in the list of expenses used to
calculate a disabled person's social service benefits.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section one repeals section 303-a of the social services law and adds a
new section 131-y.

Section two sets forth the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:  Certain expenses are incurred for necessities, such as
for housing and heat. These expenses are then used in calculations to
reduce the total income an individual has when applying or reapplying
for social service benefits.

Many disabled individuals require the assistance of a guide, hearing or
other form of service dog, to perform basic tasks associated with daily
life, making the service dog a necessity. Like any other companion
animal, service dogs need sustenance and regular veterinary care, which
can be very costly. It is only logical that the cost of regular care for
the animal should be considered what it is, a necessity, and calculated
as an unavoidable expense when attempting to receive or keep assistance
such as Medicaid, Medicare or supplemental nutrition assistance bene-
fits.

This legislation will codify the existing policy of the Office of Tempo-
rary and Disability Assistance when it reviews qualified expenses during
fair hearings.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:  New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:  This act shall take effect on the one hundred and
eightieth day after it shall have become a law.
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A07489 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         7489

                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                     May 13, 2015
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  ROSENTHAL  --  read once and referred to the
         Committee on Social Services

       AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to  assistance  for
         guide  dogs, hearing dogs and service dogs and to repeal section 303-a
         of such law relating thereto

         THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section  1. Section 303-a of the social services law is REPEALED and a
    2  new section 131-y is added to read as follows:
    3    S 131-Y. ASSISTANCE FOR GUIDE DOGS, HEARING DOGS AND SERVICE DOGS.  1.
    4  IT  SHALL BE THE DUTY OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES OFFICIAL TO PROVIDE ASSIST-
    5  ANCE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT, TO A PERSON WITH
    6  A DISABILITY USING A GUIDE DOG, HEARING DOG OR SERVICE DOG WHO HAS  BEEN
    7  DETERMINED TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR OR IS RECEIVING, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED
    8  TO,  FEDERAL  SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME BENEFITS, SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRI-
    9  TION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM BENEFITS, MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR  NEEDY  PERSONS
   10  AND/OR ADDITIONAL STATE PAYMENTS UNDER THIS CHAPTER, FOR THE PURCHASE OF
   11  FOOD AND THE COST OF VETERINARIAN EXPENSES FOR SUCH DOG.
   12    2.  SUCH REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT SHALL FIX AN AMOUNT OF NOT LESS
   13  THAN FIFTY DOLLARS A MONTH, AND THE METHOD AND FREQUENCY OF DISTRIBUTION
   14  AND PROCEDURES FOR THE DETERMINATION AND PERIODICAL  REDETERMINATION  OF
   15  ELIGIBILITY FOR SUCH ASSISTANCE.
   16    3.  SUCH ASSISTANCE SHALL NOT BE GRANTED TO ANY PERSON FOR WHOM EARNED
   17  INCOME HAS BEEN EXEMPTED FOR SUCH PURPOSE PURSUANT  TO  FEDERAL  LAW  OR
   18  REGULATION.
   19    4.  THE  FULL  AMOUNT  PROPERLY  EXPENDED BY SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICTS
   20  UNDER THIS SECTION, INCLUDING COSTS OF ADMINISTRATION,  SHALL  BE  REIM-
   21  BURSED BY THE STATE.
   22    5.  FOR  PURPOSES  OF  THIS SECTION, "SERVICE DOG" SHALL MEAN ANY DOG,
   23  REGARDLESS OF CERTIFICATION, UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE  PERSON  USING  OR

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD08830-01-5
       A. 7489                             2

    1  TRAINING  IT  AND  THAT  HAS BEEN OR IS BEING INDIVIDUALLY TRAINED TO DO
    2  WORK OR PERFORM TASKS FOR THE BENEFIT OF A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY.
    3    S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    4  it shall have become a law.
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