assembly Bill A2528A

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Enacts the "access to public services for non-English speakers act"

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 20, 2016 print number 2528a
Jan 20, 2016 amend and recommit to governmental operations
Jan 06, 2016 referred to governmental operations
Jan 16, 2015 referred to governmental operations

A2528 - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S1065
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 14-A §§280 - 282, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S2274
2011-2012: S1733
2013-2014: A6681, S3213
2017-2018: A1788, S3281
2019-2020: A2237, S4852
2021-2022: A3117, S5224

A2528 - Summary

Enacts the "Access to Public Services for Non-English Speakers Act"; requires state agencies to take reasonable steps to provide equal access to services through oral language services or translating documents for persons with limited English proficiency.

A2528 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  2528

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 16, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. KIM -- read once and referred to the Committee on
  Governmental Operations

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  executive  law, in relation to establishing the
  "access to public services for non-English speakers 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 as the "Access to
Public Services for Non-English Speakers Act".
  S 2. Legislative findings and purpose. The  legislature  hereby  finds
and declares that:
  1.  thousands  of residents cannot access the public services provided
by state departments, agencies and programs because of  their  inability
or  limited  ability  to speak, understand or read the English language;
and
  2. non-English speakers must have  access  to  these  important  state
programs.
  The purpose of this act is to provide individuals with limited English
proficiency equal access to state departments, agencies and programs.
  S 3. The executive law is amended by adding a new article 14-A to read
as follows:
                              ARTICLE 14-A
         ACCESS TO PUBLIC SERVICES FOR NON-ENGLISH SPEAKERS ACT
SECTION 280. DEFINITIONS.
        281. LANGUAGE ACCESS REQUIRED.
        282. SCHEDULE IMPLEMENTATION.
  S  280. DEFINITIONS. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE, THE FOLLOWING WORDS
SHALL MEAN THE FOLLOWING:
  1. "EQUAL ACCESS" MEANS TO BE INFORMED OF, PARTICIPATE IN, AND BENEFIT
FROM PUBLIC SERVICES OFFERED BY A STATE DEPARTMENT, AGENCY, OR  PROGRAM,
AT A LEVEL EQUAL TO ENGLISH PROFICIENT INDIVIDUALS.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00400-01-5

A2528A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S1065
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 14-A §§280 - 282, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S2274
2011-2012: S1733
2013-2014: A6681, S3213
2017-2018: A1788, S3281
2019-2020: A2237, S4852
2021-2022: A3117, S5224

A2528A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the "Access to Public Services for Non-English Speakers Act"; requires state agencies to take reasonable steps to provide equal access to services through oral language services or translating documents for persons with limited English proficiency.

A2528A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 2528--A

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 16, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. KIM -- read once and referred to the Committee on
  Governmental  Operations  --  recommitted  to the Committee on Govern-
  mental Operations in accordance  with  Assembly  Rule  3,  sec.  2  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the executive  law,  in  relation  to  establishing  the
  "access to public services for non-English speakers 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  as  the  "Access  to
Public Services for Non-English Speakers Act".
  S  2.  Legislative  findings and purpose. The legislature hereby finds
and declares that:
  1. thousands of residents cannot access the public  services  provided
by  state  departments, agencies and programs because of their inability
or limited ability to speak, understand or read  the  English  language;
and
  2.  non-English  speakers  must  have  access to these important state
programs.
  The purpose of this act is to provide individuals with limited English
proficiency equal access to state departments, agencies and programs.
  S 3. The executive law is amended by adding a new article 14-A to read
as follows:
                              ARTICLE 14-A
         ACCESS TO PUBLIC SERVICES FOR NON-ENGLISH SPEAKERS ACT
SECTION 280. DEFINITIONS.
        281. LANGUAGE ACCESS REQUIRED.
        282. SCHEDULE IMPLEMENTATION.
  S 280. DEFINITIONS. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE, THE FOLLOWING  WORDS
SHALL MEAN THE FOLLOWING:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00400-03-6