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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to investigations and government operations|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to investigations and government operations|
senate Bill S1902
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S1902 - Details
S1902 - Summary
Enacts the New York state English language empowerment act which deems English the official language of the government of the state of New York.
S1902 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S1902 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state law, in relation to making English the official language of New York state PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Makes English the official language of New York State. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: State Law is amended by adding Article 9, Official State Language, which designates English as the official state language to better serve the diverse ethnic, cultural and linguis- tic backgrounds of New York State citizens. JUSTIFICATION: This legislation would encourage of rudimentary command of the English language to help our citizens. Absent a rudimentary command of the English language, citizens of this state axe unable to make their voices heard in the legislative process, effectively exercise their right to vote, or fully understand the rights afforded them by the united State and New York Constitutions. Such citizens also have a more difficult time finding gainful employment, affordable housing, health insurance and otherwise availing themselves of the full benefits of American life for themselves and their families. English is already the official language of 30 states, including New Hampshire and California. PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.6746 of 2009/2010 S.469 of 2011/2012
S1902 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1902 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern- ment Operations AN ACT to amend the state law, in relation to making English the offi- cial language of New York state THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The state law is amended by adding a new article 9 to read as follows: ARTICLE 9 OFFICIAL STATE LANGUAGE SECTION 130. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND INTENT. 131. SHORT TITLE. 132. OFFICIAL STATE LANGUAGE. S 130. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND INTENT. THE LEGISLATURE HEREBY FINDS THAT, THE STATE IS COMPRISED OF INDIVIDUALS FROM MANY ETHNIC, CULTURAL, AND LINGUISTIC BACKGROUNDS, AND CONTINUES TO BENEFIT FROM THIS RICH DIVERSITY. THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF NEW YORK AND THE UNITED STATES, THE COMMON THREAD BINDING INDIVIDUALS OF DIFFERING BACKGROUNDS HAS BEEN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. COMMAND OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IS NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE IN AND TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES AFFORDED BY AMERICAN LIFE. ABSENT A RUDIMENTARY COMMAND OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, CITIZENS OF THIS STATE ARE NOT ABLE TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD IN THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS, EFFECTIVELY EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE, OR FULLY UNDERSTAND THE RIGHTS AFFORDED THEM BY THE UNITED STATES AND NEW YORK CONSTITUTIONS. SUCH CITIZENS ALSO HAVE A MORE DIFFICULT TIME FINDING GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, HEALTH INSURANCE, AND OTHERWISE AVAILING THEMSELVES OF THE FULL BENEFITS OF AMERICAN LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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