senate Bill S4789

Relates to providing language access services to individuals relating to the tax abatement program

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  • 24 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO AGING
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO AGING
  • 10 / Mar / 2014
    • RECOMMIT, ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN

Summary

Relates to providing language access services to individuals relating to the tax abatement program for rent-controlled and rent-regulated property occupied by senior citizens or persons with disabilities.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8978
Versions:
S4789
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Aging
Law Section:
Real Property Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง467-b, RPT L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S7203, A9213

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4789

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the real property tax law, in relation
to providing language access services to individuals relating to the
tax abatement program for rent-controlled and rent-regulated property
occupied by senior citizens or persons with disabilities

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would require
municipalities that have the senior citizen rent increase exemption
(SCRIE) and disabled rent increase exemption (DRIE) program to ensure
that individuals who have difficulty speaking or understanding English
would have the same opportunity to participate in the SCRIE/DRIE
program as other individuals.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. This bill would require municipalities that offer the
SCRIE/DRIE program to develop and implement a plan to make sure that
individuals who have trouble speaking or understanding English have
adequate access to the program. This plan would include:

1) Translation of necessary documents into the six most common
non-English languages spoken in the municipality;

2) Provision of interpretive services upon request; and

3) Provision of assistive services upon request or demonstrated need
to individuals who require such assistance due to partial or total
deafness, blindness, speech impediment, or cognitive impairment.

Section 2. Effective Date

JUSTIFICATION: New York City contains a vibrant array of cultures and
ethnicities across the boroughs. All of these communities have senior
citizens on fixed incomes that would benefit from participation in the
SCRIE program. Many of these individuals speak languages other than
English. It is unacceptable for seniors in need to be denied access to
such an important program because they cannot understand the forms or
cannot readily speak with agency staff.

While some strides have been made to correct this disparity, with all
of the services and technology available, the municipalities can do
more. Any senior who is eligible, regardless of their language or
assistance needs, should have the opportunity to participate in the
SCRIE program.

It is vital that municipalities make this kind of inclusiveness a
priority.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S7203: Referred to Aging and
committed to Finance
A9213: Passed Assembly

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


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

                                  4789

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 24, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging

AN ACT to amend the real property tax  law,  in  relation  to  providing
  language  access services to individuals relating to the tax abatement
  program for rent-controlled and rent-regulated  property  occupied  by
  senior citizens or persons with disabilities

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 467-b of the real property tax law
is amended by adding a new paragraph i to read as follows:
  I. THE ENTITY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE TAX  ABATEMENT
PROGRAM  SHALL DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PLAN TO ENSURE ADEQUATE ACCESS TO
INFORMATION BY INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE DIFFICULTIES SPEAKING OR UNDERSTAND-
ING ENGLISH. SUCH ENTITY SHALL:
  (1) TRANSLATE NECESSARY DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, FORMS
AND INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED TO OR COMPLETED BY THE  PROGRAM  BENEFICIARIES
OR  PARTICIPANTS,  INTO THE SIX MOST COMMON NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGES SPOKEN
BY INDIVIDUALS WITH LIMITED-ENGLISH PROFICIENCY IN THE MUNICIPALITY THAT
OFFERS THIS PROGRAM PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION;
  (2) OFFER, UPON REQUEST, INTERPRETATION SERVICES  BETWEEN  THE  ENTITY
ADMINISTERING  THE  PROGRAM  AND  AN  INDIVIDUAL  IN  HIS OR HER PRIMARY
LANGUAGE WITH RESPECT TO THE PROVISION OF SERVICES OR BENEFITS; AND
  (3) OFFER, UPON REQUEST OR DEMONSTRATED NEED, SERVICES TO AN  INDIVID-
UAL WHO REQUIRES ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE DUE TO PARTIAL OR TOTAL DEAFNESS,
BLINDNESS, SPEECH IMPEDIMENT, OR COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT.
  S  2.  This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that
the amendments to subdivision 3 of section 467-b of  the  real  property
tax  law made by section one of this act shall not affect the expiration
and reversion of such section and shall be deemed to expire therewith.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07971-01-3

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