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File #: Int 1538-2019    Version: * Name: Requiring the dept of cultural affairs to report on admissions policies for senior citizens and people with disabilities and develop a plan to improve access.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
On agenda: 4/18/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to requiring the department of cultural affairs to report on admissions policies for senior citizens and people with disabilities and develop a plan to improve access
Sponsors: James G. Van Bramer
Council Member Sponsors: 1
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) to report on the admissions policies of cultural institutions that receive department funding for seniors and people with disabilities and the rate at which those groups visit such cultural institutions. DCLA would also be required to report on the challenges seniors and people with disabilities face in accessing the cultural institutions, and to formulate a plan to improve access to those institutions.
Indexes: Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1538, 2. Int. No. 1538, 3. April 18, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-18-19, 5. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - April 18, 2019

Int. No. 1538

 

By Council Member Van Bramer

 

A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to requiring the department of cultural affairs to report on admissions policies for senior citizens and people with disabilities and develop a plan to improve access

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

 

Section 1. Chapter 67 of the New York city charter is amended by adding a new section 2508 to read as follows:

§ 2508. Requirement to report on admissions policies. a. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

Admission rate. The term “admission rate” means the number of individuals given entrance or attendance to a cultural institution per year.

Disability. The term “disability” means any physical, medical, mental or psychological impairment, or a history or record of such impairment.

Senior Citizen. The term “senior citizen” means any person 55 years of age or older.

b. No later than August 1, 2019, and on or before August 1 annually thereafter, the department shall prepare and file with the mayor and the council, and post on its website, a report on the:

1. Admissions policies of cultural institutions and organizations that receive funding from the department in relation to senior citizens and people with disabilities;

2. Admission rates of senior citizens and people with disabilities to cultural institutions and organizations that receive funding from the department; and

3. Challenges faced by senior citizens and people with disabilities seeking admission to cultural institutions and organizations that receive funding from the department.

c. The report referenced in subdivision b of this section shall delineate the types of disabilities to which the admissions rates and policies apply.

d. After completing the study, the department shall develop and submit to the mayor and the council recommendations of how the cultural institutions may improve access for senior citizens and people with disabilities and a plan to implement the department’s recommendations.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LS # 6594

8/28/18