senate Bill S1869

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Enacts the "language barrier elimination act" to provide translations to the limited English proficient in connection with certain services

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  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 04, 2012 referred to finance
Jan 13, 2011 referred to finance


S1869 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 14-A §§275 - 288, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S5185, A11665
2013-2014: S1712, A1970
2015-2016: S3715, A292
2017-2018: S2339, A1221

S1869 - Summary

Enacts the "language barrier elimination act" to provide translations to the limited English proficient individuals in connection with services provided through the department of labor, department of family assistance or department of health.

S1869 - Sponsor Memo

S1869 - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 13, 2011

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

AN  ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to ensuring equal access
  to health and human services for limited English speaking individuals


  Section 1. Declaration of legislative findings and intent. Title VI of
the  civil rights act of 1964 provides in pertinent part that "no person
in the United States shall on the ground  of  race,  color  or  national
origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or
be  subjected  to discrimination under any program or activity receiving
federal assistance." The United States department  of  justice  and  the
department  of  health  and  human  services have stated that failure to
provide language assistance  to  limited  English  speaking  individuals
seeking assistance in federally funded, state supervised or administered
programs  amounts  to  a violation of Title VI by discriminating against
such individuals based upon their national origin.
  It is and has been the policy of the state of New York to  oppose  all
forms  of  discrimination, particularly when it relates to the provision
of state services, or locally provided services under state supervision.
However, the department of health and human  services  office  of  civil
rights,  the  office responsible for enforcing Title VI in department of
health and human services programs, found that the New York state office
of temporary and disability assistance, the New York state department of
health, the New  York  City  human  resources  administration,  and  the
departments  of  social  services in Nassau and Suffolk counties were in
violation of Title VI based upon the  state  and  counties'  failure  to
provide  interpretation services for limited English proficient individ-
uals. Specifically, the  office  of  civil  rights  found  that  limited
English proficient clients seeking and/or applying for subsistence bene-
fits such as food stamps and public assistance for children and Medicaid

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


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