senate Bill S1732

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Enacts the access for new Americans act

download bill text pdf

Sponsored By

Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

do you support this bill?

Actions

view actions (2)
Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2014 referred to social services
Jan 09, 2013 referred to social services

Co-Sponsors

view additional co-sponsors

S1732 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3776
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง140, Soc Serv L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3876, A2619
2009-2010: A547

S1732 - Bill Texts

view summary

Enacts the access for new Americans act; directs the office of temporary and disability assistance to implement an access for new Americans program; describes such program as including, civic and English classes, assistance with immigration requirements and related legal services, language translation services, employment referrals, and other related services; and provides such program shall be funded through grants distributed by the office of temporary and disability assistance as appropriated to such office for such program.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S1732

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the social services law, in relation to enacting the access for
new Americans act

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would allow the Office of Temporary Disability Assistance to
administer funds directly to community based organizations for the
purpose of providing services to immigrants and new Americans
including but not limited to pre-citizenship and citizenship
services, English classes, legal services, and employment services.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This bill would add a new section 140 to the social services law.

JUSTIFICATION:
As the immigrant community continues to grow in New York State,
services are required in order for them to become better adjusted in
our country. Relatively simple issues such as how to apply for
citizenship or how to get legal assistance can become daunting tasks
for one who is new to our state and our nation.

Within the Office of Temporary Disability Assistance (OTDA) exists the
Bureau of Refugee and Immigration Affairs (BRIA). BRIA's mission is
to direct resources to assist refugees and their families in
achieving economic and social self-sufficiency and to aid other legal
immigrants with their transition to life in the United States.

While the services provided by OTDA and BRIA are successful in their
family based approach, much more can be done. Currently, almost half
of the funds allocated for these programs and services are being
spent administratively and not for the intended purpose of immigrant
and new American assistance. Community based organizations on the
front lines of providing these services know how to implement
effective programs and how to best carry 011t services immigrants and
new Americans desire and need.

This legislation would authorize, on a more wide scale level, OTDA and
BRIA to allocate funds to specific community based organizations in
order to assist them in their efforts to help immigrants and new
Americans integrate successfully. As provided for in this
legislation, a steady stream of funding through the state budget for
these services will allow the state to better assist community based
organizations with the vital programs and services they provide.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2007-2010 - Referred to Social Services 2005-2006 - Referred to Social
Services 2003-2004 - Referred to Social Services

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Subject to state budget
appropriations.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the
180th day after it has become law.


view full text
download pdf
                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1732

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. ESPAILLAT, HASSELL-THOMPSON, MONTGOMERY, PERKINS --
  read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to
  the Committee on Social Services

AN  ACT  to  amend  the social services law, in relation to enacting the
  access for new Americans act

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

  Section  1.  Short title.  This act shall be known and may be cited as
the "access for new Americans act".
  S 2. The social services law is amended by adding a new section 140 to
read as follows:
  S 140. ACCESS FOR  NEW  AMERICANS  PRE-CITIZENSHIP  SERVICES.  1.  THE
OFFICE  OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE SHALL IMPLEMENT AN ACCESS
FOR NEW AMERICANS PROGRAM. SUCH PROGRAM  SHALL  PROVIDE  PRE-CITIZENSHIP
SERVICES,  INCLUDING  BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO,  CIVIC AND ENGLISH CLASSES,
ASSISTANCE WITH IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS  AND  RELATED  LEGAL  SERVICES,
LANGUAGE  TRANSLATION  SERVICES, EMPLOYMENT REFERRALS, AND OTHER RELATED
SERVICES NECESSARY TO ASSIST IMMIGRANTS.
  2. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL BE ADMINISTERED BY THE OFFICE OF  TEMPORARY  AND
DISABILITY  ASSISTANCE  AND  FUNDS  SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO LOCAL AND
COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH GRANTS DISTRIBUTED BY  THE  OFFICE
OF  TEMPORARY  AND  DISABILITY ASSISTANCE AS APPROPRIATED TO SUCH OFFICE
FOR SUCH PROGRAM AND ITS PURPOSES.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law, provided however, that effective  immediate-
ly,  the  addition,  amendment  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation
necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective  date  are
authorized  and  directed  to  be  made  and completed on or before such
effective date.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03002-01-3

Comments

Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the nysenate.gov domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.