Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Apr 27, 2010||
referred to governmental employees
Assembly Bill A10866
2009-2010 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Assembly Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2009-A10866 (ACTIVE) - Details
2009-A10866 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:A10866 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the civil service law, in relation to language assistance services by state agencies PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation would ensure that limited English proficient New Yorkers have access to services provided by state agencies through the provision of interpreters and translated material. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the civil service law by adding section 55-d. This section requires that every state agency provide language assistance services to all limited English proficient individuals so as to ensure that all such individuals who cannot -read, write or understand the English language with the proficiency necessary for adequate communication with agency personnel have effective access to the agency's' programs and services. Language assistance services for primary and non-primary languages shall be available at all agency locations open for public business, and shall, to the extent practica- ble, be provided in person. Translation of all frequently used forms, and other written materials that are essential to access agency services shall be available in all of the agency's primary languages. Section 2: requires all state agencies to provide written notice as to the availability of language assistance services, including oral inter- pretation and translations of forms and other materials. This notice
2009-A10866 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 10866 I N A S S E M B L Y April 27, 2010 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. ESPAILLAT -- read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Employees AN ACT to amend the civil service law, in relation to language assist- ance services by state agencies THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The civil service law is amended by adding a new section 55-d to read as follows: S 55-D. ENSURING LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES BY STATE AGENCIES. 1. EVERY STATE AGENCY SHALL PROVIDE LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES TO ALL LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT INDIVIDUALS SO AS TO ENSURE THAT ALL SUCH INDIVIDUALS WHO CANNOT SPEAK, READ, WRITE OR UNDERSTAND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE WITH THE PROFICIENCY NECESSARY FOR ADEQUATE COMMUNICATION WITH AGENCY PERSONNEL HAVE EFFECTIVE ACCESS TO THE AGENCY'S PROGRAMS AND SERVICES. EVERY STATE AGENCY SHALL ENSURE THAT ALL INDIVIDUALS PROVID- ING LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES TO LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT INDIVID- UALS HAVE SUFFICIENT FLUENCY IN BOTH ENGLISH AND THE RELEVANT LANGUAGE TO COMMUNICATE INFORMATION NECESSARY FOR SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO ACCESS SERVICES. LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES FOR PRIMARY AND NON-PRIMARY LANGUAGES SHALL BE AVAILABLE AT ALL AGENCY LOCATIONS OPEN FOR PUBLIC BUSINESS, AND SHALL, TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE, BE PROVIDED IN PERSON. TRANSLATION OF ALL FREQUENTLY USED FORMS AND OTHER WRITTEN MATERIALS THAT ARE ESSENTIAL TO ACCESS AGENCY SERVICES SHALL BE AVAILABLE IN ALL OF THE AGENCY'S PRIMARY LANGUAGES. THE PRESIDENT SHALL DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A COMPREHENSIVE LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE PLAN THAT ESTABLISHES UNIFORM POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR PROVIDING LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES BY ALL STATE AGENCIES, INCLUDING PROCEDURES FOR DOCUMENTING THE PROVISION OF OR REFUSAL OF LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES, AND THAT REQUIRES TRAINING TO ENSURE THAT ALL STAFF WHO HAVE CONTACT WITH LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT INDIVIDUALS COMPLY WITH THE PLAN. SUCH PERSON PROVID- ING LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES MAY BE A QUALIFIED INTERPRETER, VOLUN- TARY WORKER OR OTHER PERSONNEL CURRENTLY EMPLOYED BY THE AGENCY. 2. ALL STATE AGENCIES SHALL PROVIDE WRITTEN NOTICE AS TO THE AVAIL- ABILITY OF LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES, INCLUDING ORAL INTERPRETATION EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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