senate Bill S1732
(D, WF) 31st Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Enacts the access for new Americans act; directs the office of temporary and disability assistance to implement an access for new Americans program; describes such program as including, civic and English classes, assistance with immigration requirements and related legal services, language translation services, employment referrals, and other related services; and provides such program shall be funded through grants distributed by the office of temporary and disability assistance as appropriated to such office for such program.
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Legislative Cycle:
- Senate Social Services
- Law Section:
- Social Services Law
- Laws Affected:
- Add §140, Soc Serv L
- Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S3876, A2619
2009-2010: A547, A547
2007-2008: A2289, A2289
TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the social services law, in relation to enacting the access for
new Americans act
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would allow the Office of Temporary Disability Assistance to
administer funds directly to community based organizations for the
purpose of providing services to immigrants and new Americans
including but not limited to pre-citizenship and citizenship
services, English classes, legal services, and employment services.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This bill would add a new section 140 to the social services law.
As the immigrant community continues to grow in New York State,
services are required in order for them to become better adjusted in
our country. Relatively simple issues such as how to apply for
citizenship or how to get legal assistance can become daunting tasks
for one who is new to our state and our nation.
Within the Office of Temporary Disability Assistance (OTDA) exists the
Bureau of Refugee and Immigration Affairs (BRIA). BRIA's mission is
to direct resources to assist refugees and their families in
achieving economic and social self-sufficiency and to aid other legal
immigrants with their transition to life in the United States.
While the services provided by OTDA and BRIA are successful in their
family based approach, much more can be done. Currently, almost half
of the funds allocated for these programs and services are being
spent administratively and not for the intended purpose of immigrant
and new American assistance. Community based organizations on the
front lines of providing these services know how to implement
effective programs and how to best carry 011t services immigrants and
new Americans desire and need.
This legislation would authorize, on a more wide scale level, OTDA and
BRIA to allocate funds to specific community based organizations in
order to assist them in their efforts to help immigrants and new
Americans integrate successfully. As provided for in this
legislation, a steady stream of funding through the state budget for
these services will allow the state to better assist community based
organizations with the vital programs and services they provide.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2007-2010 - Referred to Social Services 2005-2006 - Referred to Social
Services 2003-2004 - Referred to Social Services
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Subject to state budget
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the
180th day after it has become law.
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