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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to elections|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to elections|
senate Bill S625
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S625 - Details
S625 - Summary
Directs the Queens county board of elections to provide language assistance in Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi.
S625 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S625 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to directing the Queens county board of elections to provide language assistance in Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill directs the Queens county board of elections to provide written language assistance in Bengali, Punjabi, and Hindi in order to comply with the Language Assistance Provisions of Section 203 of the federal voting rights act of 1965 (42(U.S.C 1973aa-1a). SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The election law is amended by adding a new section 3-508 which directs the Queens county board of elections to provide written language assistance in Bengali, Punjabi, and Hindi. Since Asian-Indians in Queens County are newly covered under the Language Assistance Provisions of See. 203 of the Federal Voting Rights Act and the three most spoken languages among individuals of Asian-Indian origin are Bengali, Hindi and Punjabi, the Board of Elections should provide written material in those languages. This shall include but not be limited to ballots, signs, voter mailings,
S625 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 625 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to directing the Queens county board of elections to provide language assistance in Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The election law is amended by adding a new section 3-508 to read as follows: S 3-508. QUEENS COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS; VOTING MATERIALS IN BENGA- LI, PUNJABI AND HINDI. THE QUEENS COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL PROVIDE WRITTEN LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE IN THE BENGALI, PUNJABI AND HINDI LANGUAGES PURSUANT TO SECTION TWO HUNDRED THREE OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF NINETEEN HUNDRED SIXTY-FIVE (42 U.S.C. 1973AA-1A). SUCH LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, BALLOTS, SIGNS, VOTER MAILINGS, EMPLOYEE AND VOLUNTEER TRAINING MATERIALS AND INFORMATION ON SUCH BOARD'S WEBSITE. IT SHALL ALSO PRODUCE AND DISSEMINATE COUNTYWIDE A BOOKLET THAT INCLUDES: (A) A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM IN ENGLISH WITH INSTRUCTIONS IN BENGALI, PUNJABI AND HINDI; (B) INSTRUCTIONS IN BENGALI, PUNJABI AND HINDI REGARDING THE CRITERIA AND APPLICATION PROCESS FOR OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT; AND (C) A SECTION WITH GENERAL VOTER INFORMATION IN BENGALI, PUNJABI AND HINDI INCLUDING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. SUCH BOARD MAY INCLUDE OTHER LANGUAGES ON ITS WEBSITE AND IN SUCH BOOKLET. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend- ment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations necessary for the imple- mentation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made on or before such date. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03938-01-3
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