senate Bill S1023

Provides additional compensation to certain city employees who possess and use foreign languages in performance of duties

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Summary

Provides additional compensation to certain city employees who possess or make substantial use of foreign languages in the performance of official duties; further creates the "language services program" and a language services director to implement the program.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1023
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
General Municipal Law
Laws Affected:
Add §209-ff, Gen Muni L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S2721
2009-2010: S1333

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BILL NUMBER:S1023

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the general municipal law, in relation to providing additional
compensation to certain employees

PURPOSE:

To provide additional salary compensation to certain municipal police
department employees who possess or utilize a foreign language in the
performance of their duties.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one of the bill amends the general municipal law to authorize
the adoption of a local law by a city with a population of one
hundred thousand or more to create a language services program that
would provide additional compensation in an amount not less than five
percent of the base salary to qualified police department employees.

Section two of the bill establishes the date on which the bill, if
enacted into law, would take effect.

EXISTING LAW:

New law.

JUSTIFICATION:

With the significant influx of immigrants into the state, it is
imperative that municipalities provide economic incentives to foreign
language speaking police officers in order to succeed at recruiting
and retaining such officers and better serving the state's
increasingly diverse communities.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2007-08: S.8417 Serrano - Referred to Rules
2009-10: Passed Assembly & Died in Senate: Referred to Local Government
2011-12: S.2721

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the first of October next succeeding the
day on which it shall become a law.


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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1023

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. SERRANO, ADAMS, PERKINS, RIVERA, SMITH -- read twice
  and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
  on Local Government

AN  ACT  to  amend  the general municipal law, in relation  to providing
  additional compensation to certain employees

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The  general  municipal  law  is  amended by adding a new
section 209-ff to read as follows:
  S 209-FF. SALARY COMPENSATION FOR EMPLOYEES  OF  A  POLICE  DEPARTMENT
WITH CERTAIN LANGUAGE SKILLS. 1. A CITY WITH A POPULATION OF ONE HUNDRED
THOUSAND  OR MORE IS AUTHORIZED TO ADOPT A LOCAL LAW TO CREATE A PROGRAM
TO BE KNOWN AS THE "LANGUAGE  SERVICES  PROGRAM",  WHICH  PROGRAM  SHALL
PROVIDE  FOR ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION IN AN AMOUNT OF NOT LESS THAN  FIVE
PERCENT OF THE BASE SALARY OF ANY EMPLOYEE OF A  POLICE  DEPARTMENT  WHO
QUALIFIES FOR SUCH ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION UNDER THIS SECTION.
  2. THE COMMISSIONER, SUPERINTENDENT OR CHIEF OF POLICE, WHERE APPLICA-
BLE,  OF  A POLICE DEPARTMENT IN A CITY WITH A POPULATION OF ONE HUNDRED
THOUSAND OR MORE WHICH HAS ADOPTED A LOCAL  LAW  TO  CREATE  A  LANGUAGE
SERVICES  PROGRAM  AS DESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL
DESIGNATE A LANGUAGE SERVICES  PROGRAM  DIRECTOR.  THE  DUTIES  OF  SUCH
PROGRAM DIRECTOR SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:
  (A)  DETERMINING  QUALIFICATIONS  FOR  THE  LANGUAGE SERVICES PROGRAM,
WHICH QUALIFICATIONS SHALL INCLUDE  SATISFYING  THE  REQUIREMENTS  OF  A
PUBLIC CONTACT PERSON AS SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION;
  (B)  CREATING  AN  APPLICATION  PROCESS FOR ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE SKILLS
COMPENSATION;
  (C) DEFINING WHICH FOREIGN LANGUAGES SHALL QUALIFY UNDER THIS PROGRAM;
  (D) SETTING LANGUAGE SKILLS AND PROFICIENCY STANDARDS WHICH APPLICANTS
MUST DEMONSTRATE TO QUALIFY;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00532-01-3

S. 1023                             2

  (E) MAINTAINING A RECORD OF PUBLIC CONTACT POSITIONS;
  (F)  KEEPING  A  RECORD OF ALL EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE QUALIFIED TO RECEIVE
LANGUAGE SKILLS PAY;
  (G) INFORMING EMPLOYEES WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE  POLICE  DEPARTMENT  OF
THE PROGRAM; AND
  (H) DISTRIBUTING TO ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT INFORMATION
REGARDING THE APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR SUCH PROGRAM.
  THE  PROGRAM DIRECTOR SHALL IDENTIFY THOSE POSITIONS WITHIN THE POLICE
DEPARTMENT THAT ARE TO BE DESIGNATED AS PUBLIC  CONTACT  POSITIONS.  THE
DECISION  OF  THE  PROGRAM  DIRECTOR  AS TO THE CLASSIFICATION OF SUCH A
POSITION IS FINAL.
  3. A PUBLIC CONTACT PERSON SHALL BE DEFINED AS  A  SWORN  OR  CIVILIAN
POSITION  WITH  THE  POLICE DEPARTMENT WHEREIN THIRTY PERCENT OR MORE OF
THE ASSIGNED WORK OF SUCH PERSON INVOLVES DIRECT COMMUNICATION WITH  THE
PUBLIC.    SUCH  POSITIONS  SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, PATROL
OFFICERS, POLICE COMMUNICATION DISPATCHERS,  INVESTIGATORS,  DETECTIVES,
AND OTHER SUCH POSITIONS AS DETERMINED BY THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR.
  S  2. This act shall take effect on the first of October next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

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