A03213 Summary:

COSPNSRDeStefano, Brown E, Bendett, Giglio JM, Durso
Add §79-r, Civ Rts L
Requires at least one handicap accessible swing set in each state park.
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A03213 Actions:

02/02/2023referred to tourism, parks, arts and sports development
01/03/2024referred to tourism, parks, arts and sports development
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A03213 Committee Votes:

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A03213 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the civil rights law, in relation to requiring certain handicap accessible playground equipment for children with disabilities   PURPOSE:: This bill makes New York State Park's playgrounds more handicap accessi- ble requiring suitable playground equipment that can be utilized by children that have disabilities.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:: Section 1 amends the civil rights law by adding a new section 79-q that requires all New York State Parks with a playground shall contain one handicap accessible swing set. Section 2 sets forth the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION:: One of the most important issues the state must focus on is helping those in need, especially special needs children and their families. Last year, the Long Island Home Builders Care Inc. volunteers built five Handicapped Accessible Children's Play Houses and donated them to a Group Home for children with special needs, two town parks, a school, and a private home for a young girl that they have been helping in many ways. Many families of special needs children visit parks across the state and they are faced with little to no wheelchair or handicap acces- sible play equipment to play on. This leaves handicapped children often feeling excluded from their friends and their peers as they watch from the sidelines. Further efforts must be made to ensure that all parks and playgrounds in New York State Parks have at least one swing set that is handicap accessible. Not providing suitable equipment for children with disabilities is an infringement of their civil rights and should be considered disability discrimination. All children in our state should have the right to play, regardless of their disability.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:: A9923 of 2021/22   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE:: This act shall take effect on December 31, 2025.
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A03213 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 2, 2023
        Introduced by M. of A. JENSEN -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development
        AN  ACT  to amend the civil rights law, in relation to requiring certain
          handicap accessible playground equipment for children  with  disabili-

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The civil rights law is amended by  adding  a  new  section
     2  79-r to read as follows:
     3    §  79-r. Handicap accessible playground equipment. Pursuant to section
     4  forty of this chapter, all state parks with a playground  shall  contain
     5  one  swing  set  which  is  accessible to children with a disability for
     6  their use and enjoyment. The handicap accessible swing set must  include
     7  a  wheelchair  accessible  platform swing and a high backed full support
     8  seat.  For the purposes of this section the term "disability" shall have
     9  the same meaning as defined in section two  hundred  ninety-two  of  the
    10  executive  law.  To  the  extent practicable, such accessible playground
    11  equipment shall be incorporated into the layout of  the  existing  play-
    12  ground or proposed playground plan.
    13    § 2. This act shall take effect December 31, 2025.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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A03213 Chamber Video/Transcript:

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