Butler Votes For Legislation Aimed At Improving The Lives Of Those With Disabilities
Today, Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,C,I,Ref-Newport) voted in favor of several legislative initiatives which were crafted to help better support and improve the lives of New Yorkers with disabilities. In Albany, it was Disability Awareness Day where numerous advocates and those with disabilities attended to share their stories to help others understand their unique needs and the many contributions they make in communities throughout the state.
“I am so honored to come alongside New Yorkers with disabilities and their direct-care givers to vote for the services and laws they need to improve their lives,” said Butler. “These individuals may have unique disabilities, but they are such an integral part of our communities who help us all to be better understanding and compassionate people.”
There was a slate of bills approved that would do the following:
- Allow those with disabilities to seek action against the state should it, as the individual’s employer, violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), or the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and preserve their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); and
- Create the Disabled Person Retrofit tax credit for those who have to retrofit their homes to accommodate those with disabilities; and
- Form an interagency coordinating council for service-disabled veterans; and
- Require accommodation in the housing of an individual with a disability to allow them to keep a service animal; and
- Establish emergency evacuation plans for facilities that are aimed at serving those with disabilities, and impose a $500 fine if there is a failure to comply; and
- Create a small business tax credit for those who employ those with disabilities; and
- Maintain access for complex and high-tech rehabilitation equipment through the individual’s Medicaid care; and
- Launch a pilot tax credit program to help offset costs of retrofitting or designing homes to be universally accessible to those with disabilities; and
- Establish the Office of the Advocate for people with disabilities.