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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 04, 2012||referred to finance|
|Jan 13, 2011||referred to finance|
senate Bill S1869
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Finance Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S1869 - Details
S1869 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S1869 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to ensuring equal access to health and human services for limited English speaking individuals PURPOSE: To ensure that limited English proficient New Yorkers have access to health and human services provided by state and local agencies by enacting the "Language Barrier Elimination Act". SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The legislation amends the executive law by adding a new article 14-A to create the "Language Barrier Elimination Act". Section 275 lists the short title of the legislation. Section 276 provides the definitions used in Article 14-A. Section 277 lists the agencies required to comply with Article 14-A. Section 278 requires agencies listed in Section 277 and agency contractors to provide language assistance services.
S1869 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1869 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 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: 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. LBD05817-01-1
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