senate Bill S2174

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to providing adequate access to information for certain individuals

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 21, 2020 advanced to third reading
Jan 15, 2020 2nd report cal.
Jan 14, 2020 1st report cal.162
Jan 08, 2020 referred to social services
returned to senate
died in assembly
Mar 20, 2019 referred to social services
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Feb 11, 2019 advanced to third reading
Feb 05, 2019 2nd report cal.
Feb 04, 2019 1st report cal.108
Jan 23, 2019 referred to social services

Votes

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Jan 14, 2020 - Social Services committee Vote

S2174
5
0
committee
5
Aye
0
Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Social Services Committee Vote: Jan 14, 2020

aye wr (2)

Feb 4, 2019 - Social Services committee Vote

S2174
5
1
committee
5
Aye
1
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Social Services Committee Vote: Feb 4, 2019

nay (1)
aye wr (1)

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S2174 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8470
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §95-a, Soc Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S7407

S2174 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Ensures adequate access to information by individuals who have limited English proficiency.

S2174 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S2174 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  2174

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 23, 2019
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend  the  social  services  law,  in  relation  to  ensuring
  adequate access to information by individuals who have limited English
  proficiency

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

  Section 1. Section 95-a of the  social  services  law  is  amended  by
adding a new subdivision 9 to read as follows:
  9.  (A)  THE  DEPARTMENT  SHALL DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PLAN TO ENSURE
ADEQUATE ACCESS TO INFORMATION BY INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE  LIMITED  ENGLISH
PROFICIENCY  OR  OTHERWISE  REQUIRE COMMUNICATION ASSISTANCE.   NOTWITH-
STANDING THE PROVISIONS OF ANY GENERAL, SPECIAL  OR  LOCAL  LAW  TO  THE
CONTRARY, AND SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATION, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL:
  (I) TRANSLATE NECESSARY DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, FORMS
AND  INSTRUCTIONS  PROVIDED TO OR COMPLETED BY THE PROGRAM BENEFICIARIES
OR PARTICIPANTS, INTO THE SIX MOST COMMON NON-ENGLISH  LANGUAGES  SPOKEN
BY BENEFICIARIES WITH LIMITED-ENGLISH PROFICIENCY;
  (II)  OFFER,  UPON REQUEST, INTERPRETATION SERVICES BETWEEN THE ENTITY
ADMINISTERING THE PROGRAM AND  AN  INDIVIDUAL  IN  HIS  OR  HER  PRIMARY
LANGUAGE WITH RESPECT TO THE PROVISION OF SERVICES OR BENEFITS; AND
  (III)  OFFER,  UPON REQUEST OR DEMONSTRATED NEED, SERVICES TO AN INDI-
VIDUAL WHO REQUIRES ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE DUE TO PARTIAL OR TOTAL  DEAF-
NESS, BLINDNESS, SPEECH IMPEDIMENT, OR COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT; AND
  (IV)  SUBJECT  TO APPROPRIATION, WORK WITH THE OFFICE FOR THE AGING TO
PROVIDE ADDITIONAL TRANSLATION SERVICES TO BOTH AGENCIES TO ASSIST  WITH
INFORMING  LOW-INCOME  AND  ELDERLY  HOUSEHOLDS  POTENTIALLY ELIGIBLE TO
RECEIVE FOOD STAMPS.
  (B) EACH COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SERVICES SHALL  RETAIN  DISCRETION  TO
OFFER ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE TRANSLATION SERVICES TO LOW-INCOME RECIPIENTS,
AS NECESSARY.
  §  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.

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