senate Bill S7851

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Requires real estate brokers to receive training in cultural competency

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 26, 2020 referred to judiciary

S7851 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
Real Property Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §441, RP L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
S979, A844

S7851 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires real estate brokers to receive training in cultural competency; increases the renewal of real estate broker licenses to twenty-four and one-half hours from twenty-two and one-half hours to include two hours of cultural competency training.

S7851 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7851 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 26, 2020

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

AN ACT to amend the real property law, in  relation  to  requiring  real
  estate brokers to receiving training in cultural competency


  Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 441 of  the  real
property  law, as amended by chapter 183 of the laws of 2006, is amended
to read as follows:
  (b) Such further information as the department may reasonably  require
shall be furnished by the applicant including sufficient proof of having
taken  and  passed  a written examination and answered such questions as
may be prepared by the department to enable it to determine  the  trust-
worthiness  of  the  applicant  if an individual, or of each member of a
co-partnership or each member of a limited  liability  company  or  each
officer  of  a  corporation for whom a license as a broker is asked, and
his, HER or their competency to transact the  business  of  real  estate
broker  in such a manner as to safeguard the interests of the public. In
determining competency, the department  shall  require  proof  that  the
person  being  tested  to  qualify to apply for a broker's license has a
fair knowledge of the English language,  a  fair  understanding  of  the
general  purposes  and  general  legal  effect of deeds, mortgages, land
contracts of sale, and leases, a general and fair understanding  of  the
obligations  between  principal and agent, HAS TAKEN A CLASS ON CULTURAL
COMPETENCY TRAINING, as well as of the provisions of this  section.  The
applicant  must  also  furnish  proof that he OR SHE has attended for at
least one hundred twenty hours and has  successfully  completed  a  real
estate course or courses approved by the secretary of state as to method
and  content  and  supervision which approval may be withdrawn if in the
opinion of the secretary of state said course or courses are  not  being
conducted  properly  as  to  method,  content  and supervision, and that
either the applicant has  actively  participated  in  the  general  real
estate  brokerage  business as a licensed real estate salesman under the
supervision of a licensed real estate broker for a period  of  not  less

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


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