senate Bill S2348B

Requires the collection of certain demographic information by certain state agencies, boards and commissions

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  • 16 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 30 / Apr / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 30 / Apr / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 2348A
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 21 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 21 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 2348B

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Requires the collection of certain demographic information by certain state agencies, boards and commissions.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1186B
Versions:
S2348
S2348A
S2348B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง170-c, Exec L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
A7503, A9792, S7503, A9792

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BILL NUMBER:S2348B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to
requiring the collection of certain demographic information by certain
state agencies, boards and commissions

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To keep a more accurate and relevant
public record of Asian-American populations in the State of New York.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Every state agency, board, or
commission that directly collects data on ethnic origin for residents
of the state of New York would use separate categories for a number of
Asian groups included but not limited to Chinese, Japanese, Filipino,
Korean, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Indonesian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and
Taiwanese.

JUSTIFICATION: While Asian Americans as well as Native Hawaiians and
other Pacific Islanders are often misrepresented as a homogeneous
group, they are an extremely diverse group, with ethnicities from over
30 different countries. Although Asian American as well as Native
Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander communities in this state share
geographical and cultural commonalities, they also experience diverse
social, educational, health, and economic differences that are unique
to their respective communities. Given the diversity of languages and
cultures, separating data for additional Asian and additional Native
Hawaiian and Pacific Islander ethnic groups and making the data
publicly accessible are critical for enhancing our understanding of
the needs and experiences of these different communities.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This legislation was previously introduced.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred
twentieth day after it becomes law.

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

                                 2348--B

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 16, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. STAVISKY, KRUEGER, PARKER, SAMPSON, SQUADRON -- read
  twice  and  ordered  printed,  and when printed to be committed to the
  Committee on Finance -- committee discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted  as amended and recommitted to said committee -- recommitted
  to the Committee on Finance in accordance with Senate Rule 6,  sec.  8
  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended
  and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to  amend  the  executive  law,  in  relation  to  requiring  the
  collection  of  certain demographic information by certain state agen-
  cies, boards and commissions

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

  Section  1.  Legislative  intent.  The  legislature  hereby  finds and
declares the following:
  (a) Asian Americans as well as  Native  Hawaiians  and  other  Pacific
Islanders  are  an  incredibly diverse group. Due to this diversity, the
United States Office  of  Management  and  Budget's  Statistical  Policy
Directive No. 15, entitled Race and Ethnic Standards for Federal Statis-
tics  and  Administrative  Reporting,  separated  the "Asian and Pacific
Islander" category into two distinct and separate categories, now called
"Asians" and "Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders,"  and  these
two distinct categories were used in the 2000 United States Census.  The
United  States  Census  Bureau  currently  reports data for more than 20
different ethnicities within these two categories.
  (b) While Asian Americans as well as Native Hawaiians and other Pacif-
ic Islanders are often misrepresented as a homogeneous group,  they  are
an  extremely  diverse  group,  with  ethnicities from over 30 different
countries. Although Asian American as well as Native Hawaiian and  other
Pacific  Islander  communities  in  this  state  share  geographical and
cultural commonalities, they  also  experience  diverse  social,  educa-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03061-09-4

S. 2348--B                          2

tional,  health,  and  economic  differences  that  are  unique to their
respective communities.
  (c) Existing state law requires state demographic data to be collected
for  Asian  and some Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander ethnic groups.
However, additional ethnic groups reported by the United  States  Census
Bureau  are  not  included that reflect changing demographics and intra-
state migration patterns. Most  state  agencies  are  currently  not  in
compliance  with  existing state law or have not made the collected data
accessible. Data should be updated on a regular basis and made  accessi-
ble  to the public so that regional and local governments, elected offi-
cials, decision makers, and other stakeholders can use  the  information
to strategically target programs for those most in need.
  (d) Given the diversity of languages and cultures, separating data for
additional  Asian  and  additional  Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander
ethnic groups and making the data publicly accessible are  critical  for
enhancing  our  state's  understanding  of  the needs and experiences of
these different communities.
  S 2. The executive law is amended by adding a  new  section  170-c  to
read as follows:
  S  170-C. COLLECTION OF DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION.  1. EVERY STATE AGEN-
CY, BOARD, OR COMMISSION THAT DIRECTLY OR  BY  CONTRACT  COLLECTS  DEMO-
GRAPHIC  DATA  AS  TO  THE ANCESTRY OR ETHNIC ORIGIN OF RESIDENTS OF THE
STATE OF NEW YORK SHALL USE SEPARATE  COLLECTION  CATEGORIES  AND  TABU-
LATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING:
  (A)  EACH  MAJOR  ASIAN GROUP, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CHINESE,
JAPANESE, FILIPINO, KOREAN, VIETNAMESE, ASIAN INDIAN, LAOTIAN,  CAMBODI-
AN,  BANGLADESHI,  HMONG,  INDONESIAN, MALAYSIAN, PAKISTANI, SRI LANKAN,
TAIWANESE, NEPALESE, BURMESE, TIBETAN, AND THAI; AND
  (B) EACH MAJOR PACIFIC ISLANDER GROUP, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED  TO,
HAWAIIAN, GUAMANIAN, SAMOAN, FIJIAN AND TONGAN; OR
  (C) OTHER ASIAN OR PACIFIC ISLAND GROUP.
  2.    EVERY  STATE  AGENCY,  BOARD,  OR COMMISSION THAT DIRECTLY OR BY
CONTRACT COLLECTS DEMOGRAPHIC DATA AS TO THE ANCESTRY OR  ETHNIC  ORIGIN
OF  RESIDENTS  OF  THE  STATE  OF NEW YORK SHALL USE SEPARATE COLLECTION
CATEGORIES AND TABULATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING:
  (A) THE PRIMARY LANGUAGE; AND
  (B) THE PLACE OF BIRTH OR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.
  3. THE DATA COLLECTED PURSUANT TO THE DIFFERENT COLLECTION  CATEGORIES
AND  TABULATIONS DESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION (A) SHALL BE INCLUDED IN EVERY
DEMOGRAPHIC REPORT ON ANCESTRY OR ETHNIC ORIGINS  OF  RESIDENTS  OF  THE
STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE STATE AGENCY, BOARD, OR COMMISSION PUBLISHED OR
RELEASED ON OR AFTER JULY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN. THE DATA SHALL BE
MADE  AVAILABLE  TO THE PUBLIC IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE AND FEDERAL LAW,
EXCEPT FOR PERSONAL  IDENTIFYING  INFORMATION,  WHICH  SHALL  BE  DEEMED
CONFIDENTIAL, BY POSTING THE DATA ON THE INTERNET WEB SITE OF THE AGENCY
ON  OR BEFORE JULY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN, AND ANNUALLY THEREAFTER.
THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED TO PREVENT ANY OTHER STATE AGEN-
CY FROM POSTING DATA COLLECTED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (A) ON THE  AGEN-
CY'S INTERNET WEB SITE, IN THE MANNER PRESCRIBED BY THIS SECTION.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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