senate Bill S1950

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Requires the office of court administration to collect and maintain data on limited English proficient litigants in the state

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Current Bill Status Via A754 - Delivered to Governor


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    • Passed Assembly
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Dec 06, 2019 delivered to governor
Jun 13, 2019 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.467
substituted for s1950a
Jun 13, 2019 substituted by a754a
May 29, 2019 amended on third reading 1950a
May 06, 2019 advanced to third reading
May 01, 2019 2nd report cal.
Apr 30, 2019 1st report cal.467
Jan 18, 2019 referred to judiciary

Co-Sponsors

S1950 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A754
Law Section:
Judiciary Law
Laws Affected:
Add §391, Judy L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: A10245
2017-2018: A1936

S1950 - Summary

Requires the office of court administration to collect and maintain data on limited English proficient litigants in the state; requires such information be publicly available.

S1950 - Sponsor Memo

S1950 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  1950

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 18, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BAILEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary

AN ACT to amend the judiciary law, in relation to requiring  the  office
  of  court  administration  to  collect  and  maintain  data on limited
  English proficient litigants in the state

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The judiciary law is amended by adding a new section 391 to
read as follows:
  § 391. LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT LITIGANTS' DATA. 1. FOR THE PURPOSES
OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  (A)  "PRIMARY  LANGUAGE"  MEANS  THE  DOMINANT  LANGUAGE AN INDIVIDUAL
SPEAKS IN EVERYDAY SITUATIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THEIR  HOME,
WORK, SCHOOL, AND COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTS;
  (B)  "LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT (LEP) INDIVIDUAL" MEANS A PARTICIPANT
IN A LEGAL PROCEEDING, WHOSE LIMITED ABILITY TO SPEAK OR UNDERSTAND  THE
ENGLISH  LANGUAGE, HAS CREATED A COMMUNICATIONS BARRIER TO UNDERSTANDING
HIS OR HER LEGAL RIGHTS OR IMPAIRS HIS OR  HER  ABILITY  TO  PARTICIPATE
FULLY IN COURT PROGRAMS OR SERVICES;
  (C)  "LANGUAGE  ASSISTANCE  SERVICES"  MEANS ORAL AND WRITTEN SERVICES
NEEDED TO ASSIST LEP INDIVIDUALS TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY  WITH  COURT
PERSONNEL  AND TO PROVIDE LEP INDIVIDUALS WITH MEANINGFUL ACCESS TO, AND
AN  EQUAL  OPPORTUNITY  TO  PARTICIPATE  FULLY  IN,  COURT  PROGRAMS  OR
SERVICES,  SO  THAT  LEP  INDIVIDUALS ARE PLACED IN THE SAME POSITION AS
SIMILARLY SITUATED PERSONS FOR WHOM THERE IS NO SUCH BARRIER; AND
  (D) "TRANSLATION SERVICES" MEANS INTERPRETING THE WORDS  USED  BY  THE
JUDGE,  PARTIES  AND  RELEVANT  PARTICIPANTS  IN A LEGAL PROCEEDING FROM
ENGLISH INTO AN LEP INDIVIDUAL'S PRIMARY LANGUAGE AND  INTERPRETING  THE
WORDS USED BY THE LEP INDIVIDUAL BACK TO ENGLISH.
  2.  THE OFFICE OF COURT ADMINISTRATION SHALL COLLECT AND MAINTAIN DATA
ON ALL LIMITED ENGLISH  PROFICIENT  INDIVIDUALS  WHO  ARE  LITIGANTS  IN

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

Co-Sponsors

S1950A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A754
Law Section:
Judiciary Law
Laws Affected:
Add §391, Judy L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: A10245
2017-2018: A1936

S1950A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires the office of court administration to collect and maintain data on limited English proficient litigants in the state; requires such information be publicly available.

S1950A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1950A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 1950--A
    Cal. No. 467

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 18, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. BAILEY, SALAZAR -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to  the  Committee  on  Judiciary  --
  reported  favorably  from  said committee, ordered to first and second
  report, ordered to a third reading,  amended  and  ordered  reprinted,
  retaining its place in the order of third reading

AN  ACT  to amend the judiciary law, in relation to requiring the office
  of court administration  to  collect  and  maintain  data  on  limited
  English proficient litigants in the state

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The judiciary law is amended by adding a new section 391 to
read as follows:
  § 391. LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT LITIGANTS' DATA. 1. FOR THE PURPOSES
OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  (A) "PRIMARY LANGUAGE" MEANS THE DOMINANT LANGUAGE A  LITIGANT  SPEAKS
IN  EVERYDAY  SITUATIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THEIR HOME, WORK,
SCHOOL, AND COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTS;
  (B) "LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT (LEP) LITIGANT" MEANS A PARTICIPANT IN
A LEGAL PROCEEDING, WHOSE LIMITED ABILITY TO  SPEAK  OR  UNDERSTAND  THE
ENGLISH  LANGUAGE, HAS CREATED A COMMUNICATIONS BARRIER TO UNDERSTANDING
HIS OR HER LEGAL RIGHTS OR IMPAIRS HIS OR  HER  ABILITY  TO  PARTICIPATE
FULLY IN COURT PROGRAMS OR SERVICES; AND
  (C)  "LANGUAGE  ASSISTANCE  SERVICES"  MEANS ORAL AND WRITTEN SERVICES
NEEDED TO ASSIST LEP LITIGANTS TO  COMMUNICATE  EFFECTIVELY  WITH  COURT
PERSONNEL AND TO PROVIDE LEP LITIGANTS WITH MEANINGFUL ACCESS TO, AND AN
EQUAL  OPPORTUNITY  TO PARTICIPATE FULLY IN, COURT PROGRAMS OR SERVICES,
SO THAT LEP LITIGANTS ARE PLACED IN THE SAME POSITION AS SIMILARLY SITU-
ATED PERSONS FOR WHOM THERE IS NO SUCH BARRIER.
  2. THE OFFICE OF COURT ADMINISTRATION SHALL COLLECT AND MAINTAIN  DATA
ON  ALL  LIMITED  ENGLISH PROFICIENT LITIGANTS IN ALL COURTS WITHIN THIS
STATE; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT SUCH DATA SHALL  NOT  BE  COLLECTED  FROM

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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