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File #: Int 1889-2020    Version: Name: Requiring closed captioning to be enabled on televisions in places of public accommodation.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Civil and Human Rights
On agenda: 2/27/2020
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring closed captioning to be enabled on televisions in places of public accommodation
Sponsors: Diana Ayala , Justin L. Brannan, Helen K. Rosenthal, Costa G. Constantinides
Council Member Sponsors: 4
Summary: This bill would require closed captioning to be enabled on televisions in public areas in places of public accommodation during posted hours of operation, eliminating the need for an individual to request that closed captioning be enabled. The bill would amend the New York City Human Rights Law to designate failing to so enable closed captioning on televisions in places of public accommodation a discriminatory practice under that law.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1889-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 1889, 3. Int. No. 1889, 4. February 27, 2020 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 2-27-20, 6. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - February 27, 2020, 7. Proposed Int. No. 1889-A - 9/10/20

Proposed Int. No. 1889-A

 

By Council Members Ayala, Brannan, Rosenthal and Constantinides

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring closed captioning to be enabled on televisions in places of public accommodation

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

Section 1. Section 8-102 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new definition in alphabetical order to read as follows:

Closed Captioning.  The term "closed captioning" means a feature on a television that, when activated, visually displays a transcription of the audio portion of video programming.

§ 2. Paragraph a of subdivision 4 of section 8-107 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as amended by local law 119 of 2017, is amended to read as follows:

                      a. It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for any person who is the owner, franchisor, franchisee, lessor, lessee, proprietor, manager, superintendent, agent or employee of any place or provider of public accommodation:

1. Because of any person's actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, uniformed service or alienage or citizenship status, directly or indirectly:

a) To refuse, withhold from or deny to such person the full and equal enjoyment, on equal terms and conditions, of any of the accommodations, advantages, services, facilities or privileges of the place or provider of public accommodation; or

(b) To represent to any person that any accommodation, advantage, facility or privilege of any such place or provider of public accommodation is not available when in fact it is available; [or]

2. Directly or indirectly to make any declaration, publish, circulate, issue, display, post or mail any written or printed communication, notice or advertisement, to the effect that:

(a) Full and equal enjoyment, on equal terms and conditions, of any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of any such place or provider of public accommodation shall be refused, withheld from or denied to any person on account of race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, uniformed service or alienage or citizenship status; or

(b) The patronage or custom of any person is unwelcome, objectionable, not acceptable, undesired or unsolicited because of such person's actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, uniformed service or alienage or citizenship status[.]; or

3. To fail to have closed captioning enabled on all televisions made available in a public area during the posted hours of operation of the place of public accommodation, except in the following circumstances:

(a) No receiver of television programming of any kind is available in a public area of the place of public accommodations;

(b) The only receiver of television programming available in a public area of the place of public accommodation is technically incapable of displaying closed captioning; or

(c) If multiple television models are displayed together for sale in a public area, for each of those models, at least one closed captioned television must be available for viewing.

§ 3. The commission on human rights in conjunction with the department of small business services and the department of consumer and worker protection shall engage in outreach and education efforts to inform places or providers of public accommodations of the provisions of this local law. Such outreach and education shall be conducted within six months of the effective date of this law.

§ 4. This local law takes effect 90 days after it becomes law.

 

JB/BAM

LS #12878

9/10/2020