senate Bill S5733

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires state agencies that directly serve the public to enact policies to ensure that people who do not speak English well receive interpretation services

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 04, 2012 referred to investigations and government operations
Jun 14, 2011 referred to rules

S5733 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7948
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Ren §301 to be §302, add §301, Exec L

S5733 - Summary

Requires state agencies that directly serve the public to enact policies to ensure that people who do not speak English well receive the interpretation and translation services they need in order to access vital government programs.

S5733 - Sponsor Memo

S5733 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  5733

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 14, 2011
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to requiring state  agen-
  cies  that  directly serve the public to enact policies to ensure that
  people who do not speak English well receive  the  interpretation  and
  translation  services  they  need  in order to access vital government
  programs

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

  Section  1. Section 301 of the executive law is renumbered section 302
and a new section 301 is added to read as follows:
  S 301. AGENCY LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION. 1. DEFINITIONS.    AS  USED  IN
THIS SECTION: (A) "AGENCY COVERED LANGUAGE" SHALL MEAN EVERY NON-ENGLISH
LANGUAGE  USED  BY  A LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT POPULATION THAT CONSTI-
TUTES FIVE PERCENT OR ONE THOUSAND INDIVIDUALS, WHICHEVER  IS  LESS,  OF
THE POPULATION SERVED OR ENCOUNTERED, OR LIKELY TO BE SERVED OR ENCOUNT-
ERED, BY THE AGENCY.
  (B)  "AGENCY"  SHALL MEAN ANY STATEWIDE GOVERNMENT AGENCY, DEPARTMENT,
OR PROGRAM THAT FURNISHES INFORMATION OR RENDERS SERVICES, PROGRAMS,  OR
ACTIVITIES  DIRECTLY  TO  THE  PUBLIC  OR CONTRACTS WITH OTHER ENTITIES,
EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, TO CONDUCT PROGRAMS, SERVICES, OR  ACTIV-
ITIES,  AND ALL POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS AND LOCAL ENTITIES OF SUCH STATE-
WIDE GOVERNMENT AGENCY, DEPARTMENT, OR PROGRAM.  AGENCIES  INCLUDE,  BUT
ARE  NOT  LIMITED TO: THE OFFICE FOR THE AGING; THE OFFICE OF ALCOHOLISM
AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES; THE OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL; THE OFFICE
OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES; THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF  NEW  YORK;  THE
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND COMMUNITY SUPERVISION; THE OFFICE OF COURT
ADMINISTRATION;  THE  DIVISION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES; THE DEPART-
MENT OF EDUCATION; THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS; DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY  ASSIST-
ANCE;  THE  DEPARTMENT  OF HEALTH; THE DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY
RENEWAL; THE DIVISION OF  HUMAN  RIGHTS;  THE  DEPARTMENT  OF  FINANCIAL

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10706-02-1

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