senate Bill S4153

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Ensures language assistance services by state agencies and requires state agencies to maintain records and to submit an annual report on language services

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Civil Service And Pensions Committee


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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2020 referred to civil service and pensions
Mar 19, 2019 reported and committed to finance
Mar 01, 2019 referred to civil service and pensions

Votes

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Mar 19, 2019 - Civil Service and Pensions committee Vote

S4153
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committee
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Nay
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Absent
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Civil Service and Pensions Committee Vote: Mar 19, 2019

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S4153 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Civil Service And Pensions
Law Section:
Civil Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §55-d, Civ Serv L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1485
2013-2014: S2913
2015-2016: S1570
2017-2018: S2438

S4153 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Ensures language assistance services by state agencies; requires state agencies to maintain records of the primary language spoken by any individual seeking such assistance; and requires state agency to submit an annual report on language services.

S4153 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4153 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  4153

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 1, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions

AN ACT to amend the civil service law, in relation to  language  assist-
  ance services by state agencies

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

  Section 1. The civil service law is amended by adding  a  new  section
55-d to read as follows:
  §  55-D.  ENSURING  LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES BY STATE AGENCIES. 1.
EVERY AGENCY SHALL PROVIDE LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES TO  ALL  LIMITED
ENGLISH PROFICIENT INDIVIDUALS SO AS TO ENSURE THAT ALL SUCH INDIVIDUALS
WHO  CANNOT  SPEAK,  READ, WRITE OR UNDERSTAND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE WITH
THE PROFICIENCY NECESSARY FOR ADEQUATE COMMUNICATION WITH AGENCY PERSON-
NEL HAVE EFFECTIVE ACCESS TO THE AGENCY'S PROGRAMS AND SERVICES.   EVERY
AGENCY  SHALL  ENSURE THAT ALL INDIVIDUALS PROVIDING LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE
SERVICES TO  LIMITED  ENGLISH  PROFICIENT  INDIVIDUALS  HAVE  SUFFICIENT
FLUENCY  IN BOTH ENGLISH AND THE RELEVANT LANGUAGE TO COMMUNICATE INFOR-
MATION NECESSARY FOR SUCH  INDIVIDUAL  TO  ACCESS  SERVICES.    LANGUAGE
ASSISTANCE  SERVICES  FOR  PRIMARY  AND  NON-PRIMARY  LANGUAGES SHALL BE
AVAILABLE AT ALL AGENCY LOCATIONS OPEN FOR PUBLIC BUSINESS,  AND  SHALL,
TO  THE  EXTENT  PRACTICABLE,  BE PROVIDED IN PERSON. TRANSLATION OF ALL
FREQUENTLY USED FORMS AND OTHER WRITTEN MATERIALS THAT ARE ESSENTIAL  TO
ACCESS AGENCY SERVICES SHALL BE AVAILABLE IN ALL OF THE AGENCY'S PRIMARY
LANGUAGES.  THE  PRESIDENT  SHALL  DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A COMPREHENSIVE
LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE PLAN THAT ESTABLISHES UNIFORM  POLICIES  AND  PROCE-
DURES  FOR  PROVIDING  LANGUAGE  ASSISTANCE  SERVICES  BY  ALL AGENCIES,
INCLUDING PROCEDURES FOR DOCUMENTING THE  PROVISION  OF  OR  REFUSAL  OF
LANGUAGE  ASSISTANCE SERVICES, AND THAT REQUIRES TRAINING TO ENSURE THAT
ALL STAFF WHO HAVE CONTACT WITH LIMITED ENGLISH  PROFICIENT  INDIVIDUALS
COMPLY WITH THE PLAN. SUCH PERSON PROVIDING LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10395-01-9

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