assembly Bill A1788

2017-2018 Legislative Session

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

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Jan 03, 2018 referred to governmental operations
Jan 13, 2017 referred to governmental operations

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A1788 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S3281
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
2015-2016: A2528, S1065
2019-2020: A2237, S4852
2021-2022: A3117, S5224

A1788 (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.

A1788 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  1788

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 13, 2017
                               ___________

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".
  § 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.
  § 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.
  §  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.
                                                           LBD05194-01-7