senate Bill S5224

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Enacts the "access to public services for non-English speakers act"

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Finance Committee


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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 05, 2022 referred to finance
Feb 26, 2021 referred to finance

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S5224 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3117
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 14-A §§280 - 282, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S2274
2011-2012: S1733
2013-2014: S3213, A6681
2015-2016: S1065, A2528
2017-2018: S3281, A1788
2019-2020: S4852, A2237

S5224 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the "Access to Public Services for Non-English Speakers Act"; requires state agencies to take reasonable steps to provide equal access to services through oral language services or translating documents for persons with limited English proficiency.

S5224 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5224 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   5224
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             February 26, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sens.  PARKER,  COMRIE, RIVERA -- read twice and ordered
   printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance
 
 AN ACT to amend the executive  law,  in  relation  to  establishing  the
   access to public services for non-English speakers act
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Short title. This act shall be  known  as  the  "Access  to
 Public Services for Non-English Speakers Act".
   §  2.  Legislative  findings and purpose. The legislature hereby finds
 and declares that:
   1. thousands of residents cannot access the public  services  provided
 by  state  departments, agencies and programs because of their inability
 or limited ability to speak, understand or read  the  English  language;
 and
   2.  non-English  speakers  must  have  access to these important state
 programs.
   The purpose of this act is to provide individuals with limited English
 proficiency equal access to state departments, agencies and programs.
   § 3. The executive law is amended by adding a new article 14-A to read
 as follows:
                               ARTICLE 14-A
          ACCESS TO PUBLIC SERVICES FOR NON-ENGLISH SPEAKERS ACT
 SECTION 280. DEFINITIONS.
         281. LANGUAGE ACCESS REQUIRED.
         282. SCHEDULE IMPLEMENTATION.
   § 280. DEFINITIONS. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE, THE FOLLOWING  WORDS
 SHALL MEAN THE FOLLOWING:
   1. "EQUAL ACCESS" MEANS TO BE INFORMED OF, PARTICIPATE IN, AND BENEFIT
 FROM  PUBLIC SERVICES OFFERED BY A STATE DEPARTMENT, AGENCY, OR PROGRAM,
 AT A LEVEL EQUAL TO ENGLISH PROFICIENT INDIVIDUALS.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD06023-01-1

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