assembly Bill A7428A

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Requires certain documents and forms to be provided in multiple languages

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 03, 2022 print number 7428b
Mar 03, 2022 amend and recommit to governmental operations
Jan 05, 2022 referred to governmental operations
Nov 17, 2021 print number 7428a
Nov 17, 2021 amend and recommit to governmental operations
May 07, 2021 referred to governmental operations

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A7428 - Details

Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 49-C §996, Exec L; add Art 9 Title 13 §2988, Pub Auth L; add Art 24-A §950, County L

A7428 - Summary

Requires certain documents and forms to be provided in the twelve most common non-English languages spoken by limited English proficient immigrants of five years or less according to the American community survey, as published by the United States census bureau.

A7428 - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   7428
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                                May 7, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced by M. of A. JOYNER -- read once and referred to the Committee
   on Governmental Operations
 
 AN  ACT  to  amend the executive law, the public authorities law and the
   county law, in relation to requiring certain documents and forms to be
   provided in multiple languages

   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1.  Legislative  findings  and intent. The legislature hereby
 finds that as New York's immigrant population continues to grow, inabil-
 ity to access documents translated into languages that community members
 read and lack of interpretation of  government  services  and  resources
 into  languages  that  community members speak are major barriers to the
 advancement of the state's immigrant population. However, currently  New
 York  only requires translation services into six languages, based on an
 Executive Order signed in 2011, leaving many New Yorkers without  access
 to  translation  in  languages  they  speak, and none of the current six
 languages are widely spoken among immigrants from the African  continent
 or  the  Middle East. Translation is also only mandatory in a handful of
 executive specific agencies, instead of across all subdivisions of state
 and county government. The legislature believes language access improves
 the lives of immigrants  by  increasing  opportunities  for  employment,
 business ownership, and other vital services, while making staff time at
 state  agencies  and  authorities  more efficient, benefiting all of New
 York.
   § 2. The executive law is amended by adding a new article 49-C to read
 as follows:
                               ARTICLE 49-C
                              LANGUAGE ACCESS
 SECTION 996. LANGUAGE ACCESS.
   § 996. LANGUAGE ACCESS. 1. EACH  STATE  AGENCY  THAT  PROVIDES  DIRECT
 PUBLIC  SERVICES  SHALL  TRANSLATE  VITAL DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING ESSENTIAL

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

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A7428A - Details

Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 49-C §996, Exec L; add Art 9 Title 13 §2988, Pub Auth L; add Art 24-A §950, County L

A7428A - Summary

Requires certain documents and forms to be provided in the twelve most common non-English languages spoken by limited English proficient immigrants of five years or less according to the American community survey, as published by the United States census bureau.

A7428A - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  7428--A
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                                May 7, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  M.  of A. JOYNER, FRONTUS, J. D. RIVERA, CLARK, SIMON --
   read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations  --
   committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
   recommitted to said committee
 
 AN ACT to amend the executive law, the public authorities  law  and  the
   county law, in relation to requiring certain documents and forms to be
   provided in multiple languages
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Legislative findings and  intent.  The  legislature  hereby
 finds that as New York's immigrant population continues to grow, inabil-
 ity to access documents translated into languages that community members
 read  and  lack  of  interpretation of government services and resources
 into languages that community members speak are major  barriers  to  the
 advancement  of the state's immigrant population. However, currently New
 York only requires translation services into six languages, based on  an
 Executive  Order signed in 2011, leaving many New Yorkers without access
 to translation in languages they speak, and  none  of  the  current  six
 languages  are widely spoken among immigrants from the African continent
 or the Middle East. Translation is also only mandatory in a  handful  of
 executive specific agencies, instead of across all subdivisions of state
 and county government. The legislature believes language access improves
 the  lives  of  immigrants  by  increasing opportunities for employment,
 business ownership, and other vital services, while making staff time at
 state agencies and authorities more efficient,  benefiting  all  of  New
 York.
   § 2. The executive law is amended by adding a new article 49-C to read
 as follows:
                               ARTICLE 49-C
                              LANGUAGE ACCESS
 SECTION 996. LANGUAGE ACCESS.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD09702-02-1

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A7428B (ACTIVE) - Details

Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 49-C §996, Exec L; add Art 9 Title 13 §2988, Pub Auth L; add Art 24-A §950, County L

A7428B (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires certain documents and forms to be provided in the twelve most common non-English languages spoken by limited English proficient immigrants of five years or less according to the American community survey, as published by the United States census bureau.

A7428B (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  7428--B
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                                May 7, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  JOYNER, FRONTUS, J. D. RIVERA, CLARK, SIMON,
   FERNANDEZ, CRUZ, RAMOS, NIOU, OTIS -- read once and  referred  to  the
   Committee  on  Governmental  Operations  -- committee discharged, bill
   amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  commit-
   tee  --  recommitted  to  the  Committee on Governmental Operations in
   accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged,  bill
   amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
   tee
 
 AN ACT to amend the executive law, the public authorities  law  and  the
   county law, in relation to requiring certain documents and forms to be
   provided in multiple languages
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Legislative findings and  intent.  The  legislature  hereby
 finds that as New York's immigrant population continues to grow, inabil-
 ity to access documents translated into languages that community members
 read  and  lack  of  interpretation of government services and resources
 into languages that community members speak are major  barriers  to  the
 advancement  of  the  state's  immigrant  population. However, currently
 language access in New  York  is  based  on  an  Executive  Order  which
 mandates  translation  into  the  same  ten  languages across the entire
 state, failing to account for significant differences in immigrant popu-
 lations across New York's regions. Translation is also only mandatory in
 a handful of executive specific agencies, instead of across all subdivi-
 sions of state and county government. The legislature believes  language
 access  improves the lives of immigrants by increasing opportunities for
 employment, business ownership, and other vital services,  while  making
 staff  time at state agencies and authorities more efficient, benefiting
 all of New York.
   § 2. The executive law is amended by adding a new article 49-C to read
 as follows:

  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD09702-07-2