assembly Bill A2237

2019-2020 Legislative Session

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

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to governmental operations
Jan 22, 2019 referred to governmental operations

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A2237 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S4852
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
2017-2018: A1788, S3281
2021-2022: A3117, S5224

A2237 (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.

A2237 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  2237

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 22, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  KIM, D'URSO -- 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.
                                                           LBD03640-01-9