Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 03, 2018||
referred to finance
|Jan 20, 2017||
referred to finance
Senate Bill S3281
2017-2018 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Finance Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2017-S3281 (ACTIVE) - Details
2017-S3281 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S3281 TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing the access to public services for non-English speakers act PURPOSE : To provide individuals with limited English proficiency equal access to state departments, agencies and programs. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Requires state agencies to take reasonable steps to provide equal access to public services for individuals with limited English proficiency, by providing in-house oral language services for residents with limited English proficiency; translating vital documents ordinarily provided to the public into any language spoken by any limited English proficient population constituting at least three percent of the overall population served by the state agency; and any additional Methods or means necessary to achieve equal access to public services. Each state agency is also required to adopt regulations at least six months in advance of adoption in order to effectuate the intent and purpose of the legislation, and consult with the Attorney General on
2017-S3281 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 3281 2017-2018 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 20, 2017 ___________ Introduced by Sens. PARKER, SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance 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
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