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File #: Int 0956-2012    Version: * Name: Distribution of the business owner’s bill of rights.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Governmental Operations
On agenda: 11/13/2012
Enactment date: 4/23/2013 Law number: 2013/036
Title: A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to distribution of the business owner’s bill of rights.
Sponsors: Karen Koslowitz, Charles Barron, Margaret S. Chin, Lewis A. Fidler, Vincent J. Gentile, Letitia James, Sara M. Gonzalez, Peter A. Koo, Deborah L. Rose, James G. Van Bramer, Jumaane D. Williams, Ruben Wills, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Peter F. Vallone, Jr., Diana Reyna, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Daniel Dromm , Mathieu Eugene, James F. Gennaro, David G. Greenfield, Robert Jackson, Eric A. Ulrich
Council Member Sponsors: 22
Attachments: 1. Committee Report 2/28/13, 2. Hearing Testimony 2/28/13, 3. Hearing Transcript 2/28/13, 4. Committee Report 4/8/13, 5. Hearing Transcript 4/8/13, 6. Fiscal Impact Statement, 7. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-9-13, 8. Mayor's Letter, 9. Local Law 36
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
4/23/2013*Karen Koslowitz City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/23/2013*Karen Koslowitz Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/23/2013*Karen Koslowitz Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/9/2013*Karen Koslowitz City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/9/2013*Karen Koslowitz City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/8/2013*Karen Koslowitz Committee on Governmental Operations Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/8/2013*Karen Koslowitz Committee on Governmental Operations Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/28/2013*Karen Koslowitz Committee on Small Business Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/28/2013*Karen Koslowitz Committee on Small Business Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/28/2013*Karen Koslowitz Committee on Governmental Operations Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/28/2013*Karen Koslowitz Committee on Governmental Operations Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/13/2012*Karen Koslowitz City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/13/2012*Karen Koslowitz City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Int. No. 956
By Council Members Koslowitz, Barron, Chin, Fidler, Gentile, James, Gonzalez, Koo, Rose, Van Bramer, Williams, Wills, Rodriguez, Vallone, Reyna, Arroyo, Dromm, Eugene, Gennaro, Greenfield, Jackson and Ulrich
 
 
A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to distribution of the business owner's bill of rights.
 
 
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1.  Subdivision f of section 15 of the New York city charter, as added by local law number 18 for the year 2010, is amended to read as follows:
f. 1. The office of operations shall develop a business owner's bill of rights. The bill of rights shall be in the form of a written document, drafted in plain language, that advises business owners of their rights as they relate to agency inspections. The bill of rights shall include, but not be limited to, notice of every business owner's right to: i) consistent enforcement of agency rules; ii) compliment or complain about an inspector or inspectors, and information sufficient to allow a business owner to do so; iii) contest a notice of violation before the relevant local tribunal, if any; iv) an inspector who behaves in a professional and courteous manner; v) an inspector who can answer reasonable questions relating to the inspection, or promptly makes [and] an appropriate referral; and vi) an inspector with a sound knowledge of the applicable laws, rules and regulations.
2. To the extent practicable, the office of operations shall develop and implement a plan to distribute the bill of rights to all relevant business owners, including via electronic publication on the internet, and to notify such business owners if the bill of rights is subsequently updated or revised. The office of operations shall also develop and implement a plan in cooperation with all relevant agencies to facilitate distribution of a physical copy of the bill of rights to business owners or managers [prior to, during, or after]at the time of an inspection, except that if the inspection is an undercover inspection or if the business owner or manager is not present at the time of the inspection, then a copy of the bill of rights shall be provided as soon as practicable.
3. The bill of rights shall serve as an informational document only and nothing in this subdivision or in such document shall be construed so as to create a cause of action or constitute a defense in any legal, administrative, or other proceeding.
§2.  This local law shall take effect thirty days following enactment.
 
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