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File #: Int 0492-2014    Version: Name: Reporting and an advisory board on gender marker change requirement.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Health
On agenda: 10/7/2014
Enactment date: 1/8/2015 Law number: 2015/002
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to reporting and an advisory board on gender marker change requirement.
Sponsors: Corey D. Johnson, Margaret S. Chin, Andrew Cohen, Costa G. Constantinides, Peter A. Koo, Brad S. Lander, Mark Levine, Annabel Palma, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Antonio Reynoso, Stephen T. Levin, Ritchie J. Torres, Helen K. Rosenthal, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, James G. Van Bramer, Ben Kallos, Daniel Dromm , Rosie Mendez, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Mark S. Weprin, Darlene Mealy, Carlos Menchaca, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Deborah L. Rose, Inez D. Barron, Laurie A. Cumbo, Inez E. Dickens, James Vacca, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Eric A. Ulrich, The Public Advocate (Ms. James)
Council Member Sponsors: 31
Summary: This bill would create an Advisory Board relating to the effectiveness and implementation of the gender marker change requirements in Proposed Introduction Number 491-A and the New York City Health Code. It would require the Advisory Board to issue a report concerning the requirement and recommendations for changes and/or improvements, if any. The Board would consist of seven members, with the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) appointing four members, and the Speaker of the City Council appointing the remaining three. The Board members would include advocates for transgender people, licensed medical or mental health professionals who are permitted to make attestations pursuant to the gender marker requirement, and a senior staff person in DOHMH working on transgender and/or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. The Board would meet no less than every three months, and would assess the gender marker change requirement, including transgender people’s access to professionals who can complete the attestations for gender marker change applications, utilization of the amendment process, the number of applicants, processing time for applications and the requirement’s impact on transgender people. The Board would also make recommendations for improvements, if any, to the gender marker change requirement, including, but not limited to, best practices among policies for gender marker changes, and actions taken by DOHMH in response to such recommendations. The Board would be required to submit a report to the Mayor, the Commissioner of DOHMH and the Speaker of the Council on or before March 1, 2017 covering the subjects of the Board’s meetings.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 492-A, 2. Int. No. 492 - 10/7/14, 3. Committee Report 11/10/14, 4. Hearing Testimony 11/10/14, 5. Hearing Transcript 11/10/14, 6. Committee Report 12/5/14, 7. Hearing Transcript 12/5/14, 8. Fiscal Impact Statement, 9. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 12-8-14, 10. Mayor's Letter, 11. Local Law 2, 12. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - December 8, 2014
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
1/8/2015ACorey D. Johnson Administration City Charter Rule Adopted  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/8/2014ACorey D. Johnson City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/8/2014ACorey D. Johnson City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
12/5/2014*Corey D. Johnson Committee on Health Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/5/2014*Corey D. Johnson Committee on Health Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/5/2014*Corey D. Johnson Committee on Health Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/5/2014ACorey D. Johnson Committee on Health Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
11/10/2014*Corey D. Johnson Committee on Health Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/10/2014*Corey D. Johnson Committee on Health Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/7/2014*Corey D. Johnson City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/7/2014*Corey D. Johnson City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Int. No. 492-A
 
By Council Members Johnson, Chin, Cohen, Constantinides, Koo, Lander, Levine, Palma, Rodriguez, Reynoso, Levin, Torres, Rosenthal, Ferreras, Van Bramer, Kallos, Dromm, Mendez, Espinal, Weprin, Mealy, Menchaca, Cornegy, Rose, Barron, Cumbo, Dickens, Vacca, Arroyo, Ulrich and the Public Advocate (Ms. James)
 
 
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to reporting and an advisory board on gender marker change requirement.
 
 
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
 
Section 1. Chapter one of title 17 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 17-167.2 to read as follows:
§ 17-167.2 Report and advisory board on gender marker change requirement.  a. There shall be an advisory board to advise the commissioner concerning matters related to the effectiveness and implementation of the gender marker change requirement as provided for in section 17-167.1 of this chapter and the health code of the city of New York.  
b. Such advisory board shall consist of seven members as follows:
1. Four members shall be appointed by the commissioner, provided that one such member shall be a senior staff person in the department working on transgender and/or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, one such member shall be an individual affiliated with an organization that advocates for transgender people or which provides direct services to transgender individuals, one such member shall be an individual affiliated with a legal organization that advocates for transgender people, and one such member shall be an individual licensed in one of the professions listed in subdivision b of section 17-167.1 of this chapter.
2. Three members shall be appointed by the speaker of the council, provided that one such member shall be an individual affiliated with an organization that advocates for transgender people or which provides direct services to transgender individuals, one such member shall be an individual affiliated with a legal organization that advocates for transgender people, and one such member shall be an individual licensed in one of the professions listed in subdivision b of section 17-167.1 of this chapter.
3. The commissioner, or his or her designee, shall be an ex officio member of the advisory board.
c. At the invitation of the department, other individuals may participate in the discussions of such advisory board.
d. Each member, other than the member serving in an ex officio capacity, shall serve for a term of two years, to commence upon the first meeting of the advisory board.  Any vacancies in the membership of the advisory board shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.  A person filling such vacancy shall serve for the unexpired portion of the term of the succeeded member.    
e. No member of the advisory board, other than the senior staff person in the department working on transgender and/or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues or the member serving in an ex officio capacity, shall be removed except for cause and upon notice and hearing by the appropriate appointing official.
f. Members of the advisory board shall serve without compensation and shall meet no less often than every three months.  
g. Members of the advisory board shall elect by majority vote one such member to serve as chairperson and one such member to serve as vice-chairperson.
h. The agendas for the first four meetings of the advisory board shall include, but not be limited to:
1. an assessment of the department's gender marker change requirement as provided for in section 17-167.1 of this chapter and the health code of the city of New York, including, but not limited to, an evaluation of transgender people's access to professionals for the purpose of receiving an affirmation or affidavit pursuant to subdivision b of section 17-167.1 of this chapter, utilization of the gender marker change requirement among the transgender community, the number of applicants who have sought a new birth certificate pursuant to the new requirement, processing time of applications made pursuant to subdivision a of section 17-167.1 of this chapter, and the gender marker change requirement's impact on transgender people's access to health care and health services, governmental services and the reduction, if any, in discrimination against transgender people; and
2. specific recommendations for changes and/or improvements, if any, to the gender marker change requirement, including, but not limited to, best practices among policies for gender marker changes, and actions taken by the department in response to such recommendations.
i. At least one meeting of the advisory board held prior to issuance of the report pursuant to subdivision j of this section shall be open to the public, provided however that such meeting is no sooner than three months prior to the date of the issuance of such report.  The department shall notify the public as to the time, place and subject of such meeting.
j. On or before March first, two thousand seventeen the advisory board shall submit a report to the mayor, the commissioner and the speaker of the council.  Such report shall include, but not be limited to:
1. an assessment of the department's gender marker change requirement as provided for in section 17-167.1 of this chapter and the health code of the city of New York, including, but not limited to, an evaluation of transgender people's access to professionals for the purpose of receiving an affirmation or affidavit pursuant to subdivision b of section 17-167.1 of this chapter, utilization of the gender marker change requirement among the transgender community, the number of applicants who have sought a new birth certificate pursuant to the new requirement, processing time of applications made pursuant to subdivision a of section 17-167.1 of this chapter, and the gender marker change requirement's impact on transgender people's access to health care and health services, governmental services and the reduction, if any, in discrimination against transgender people; and
2. specific recommendations for changes and/or improvements, if any, to the gender marker change requirement, including, but not limited to, best practices among policies for gender marker changes, and actions taken by the department in response to such recommendations.
§ 2. This local law shall take effect immediately after enactment, provided that:
(i) the commissioner of the department of health and mental hygiene shall take such actions, including the promulgation of rules, as are necessary for timely implementation of this local law, prior to such effective date; and
(ii) this local law shall expire, be deemed repealed, and cease to be of force and effect after December 31, 2018.
 
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