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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, August 6, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings’ Environmental Control Board (OATH ECB) is proposing to repeal its General Vendor Penalty Schedule rule.  This schedule is currently found in § 3-109 of Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY), and it contains penalties for violations of Subchapter 27 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 the Administrative Code of the City of New York and Subchapter AA of Chapter 2 of Title 6 of the RCNY. At the same time, the Department of Consumer Affairs is also proposing to enact a General Vendor penalty schedule within its own rules.

The context for this proposed repeal is that OATH ECB is in the process of repealing all penalty schedules in its rules codified at Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the RCNY so that they can be incorporated into the rules of the agencies having rulemaking and policymaking jurisdiction over the laws underlying the violations.

Although OATH ECB is empowered to impose penalties under the New York City Charter and has until now promulgated penalty schedules, the regulatory and enforcement agencies have the necessary expertise to determine appropriate penalties for violation of the rules and of the laws within their jurisdiction based on the severity of each violation and its effect on City residents. Moving the penalty schedule will also make it easier for the public to find the penalties, which will be located within the same chapter as the rules supporting the violations alleged in the summonses. Finally, the proposed rule repeal will speed up the rulemaking process by eliminating the need for OATH ECB approval of proposed or amended penalties for agency rules that have already been established by the legislature and/or that have already undergone the City Administrative Procedure Act (CAPA) process by the enforcement agency.  The public will still have the opportunity to comment on proposed penalties during that process.

Working with the City’s rulemaking agencies, the Law Department, the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget, and the Mayor’s Office of Operations conducted a retrospective rules review of the City’s existing rules, identifying those rules that could be repealed or modified to reduce regulatory burdens, increase equity, support small businesses, and simplify and update content to help support public understanding and compliance. This proposed rule repeal was identified as meeting the criteria for this initiative.

Section 1. Section 3-109 of Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York, setting forth the General Vendor Penalty Schedule, is REPEALED.

Subject: 

.OATH ECB Proposed Repeal of the General Vendor Penalty Schedule

Location: 
10th Floor Conference Room
66 John Street 10th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Contact: 

OATH Rules, (212) 436-0708

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:3)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, January 11, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 

 Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

Section 20-816(b) of the Administrative Code, enacted as part of section 2 of Local Law 17 of 2011, provides that a pregnancy services center “shall disclose if it does or does not have a licensed medical provider on staff who provides or directly supervises the provision of all of the services at such pregnancy services center.”  Section 20-815(g) defines a pregnancy services center as “a facility, including a mobile facility, the primary purpose of which is to provide services to women who are or may be pregnant, that either: (1) offers obstetric ultrasounds, obstetric sonograms or prenatal care; or (2) has the appearance of a licensed medical facility.”  Section 20-815(g) excludes from this definition “a facility that is licensed by the state of New York or the United States government to provide medical or pharmaceutical services or where a licensed medical provider is present to directly provide or directly supervise the provision of all services described in this subdivision that are provided at the facility.” 

Section 20-816(f) of the Administrative Code requires that the disclosure must be made “(1) in writing, in English and Spanish in a size and style as determined in accordance with rules promulgated by the commissioner on (i) at least one sign conspicuously posted in the entrance of the pregnancy services center; (ii) at least one additional sign posted in any area where clients wait to receive services; and (iii) in any advertisement promoting the services of such pregnancy services center in clear and prominent letter type and in a size and style to be determined in accordance with rules promulgated by the commissioner”.  Section 20-816(f) additionally requires that the disclosure must be made orally.

The proposed rules:

 • Clarify the meanings of the following terms: “services”, “directly provide”, “directly supervise”, “social media site”, and “social network site”.

•  Clarify which facilities are excluded from the definition of “pregnancy services center”.

•  Specify the language of the disclosure, and set forth the size, color and location of the signs required to be posted at the pregnancy services center and in advertisements promoting the services of the pregnancy services center. 

•  Specify the language of the disclosure that must be made orally.

•  Clarify that a facility’s distribution of a pregnancy test kit shall not, by itself, be sufficient to establish that it has the “appearance of a licensed medical facility,” provided that the test is self- administered, self-diagnosed, and self-interpreted.

 

 

Subject: 

Disclosure by Pregnancy Services Centers

Location: 
Department of Consumer Affairs hearing room
66 John Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10038
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