senate Bill S5236B

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Requires certain documents and forms to be provided in multiple languages

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 15, 2022 referred to governmental operations
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Mar 01, 2022 amended on third reading 5236b
Jan 24, 2022 advanced to third reading
Jan 20, 2022 2nd report cal.
Jan 19, 2022 1st report cal.263
Jan 06, 2022 print number 5236a
Jan 06, 2022 amend and recommit to finance
Jan 05, 2022 referred to finance
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 07, 2021 referred to governmental operations
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 03, 2021 ordered to third reading cal.1490
committee discharged and committed to rules
Feb 26, 2021 referred to finance

Votes

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Jan 19, 2022 - Finance committee Vote

S5236A
18
5
committee
18
Aye
5
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Jun 3, 2021 - Rules committee Vote

S5236
15
6
committee
15
Aye
6
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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S5236 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7428
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 49-C §§996 & 996-a, Exec L; add Art 9 Title 13 §§2988 & 2988-a, Pub Auth L; add Art 24-A §§950 & 951, County L

S5236 - 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.

S5236 - Sponsor Memo

S5236 - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   5236
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             February 26, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance
 
 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.

Co-Sponsors

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S5236A - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7428
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 49-C §§996 & 996-a, Exec L; add Art 9 Title 13 §§2988 & 2988-a, Pub Auth L; add Art 24-A §§950 & 951, County L

S5236A - 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.

S5236A - Sponsor Memo

S5236A - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  5236--A
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             February 26, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced by Sens. KENNEDY, BIAGGI, GOUNARDES, HARCKHAM, HOYLMAN, JACK-
   SON,  LIU, RIVERA, RYAN, THOMAS -- read twice and ordered printed, and
   when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance --  recommit-
   ted to the Committee on Finance in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec.
   8  -- 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:
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD09702-03-1
 S. 5236--A                          2

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S5236B (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7428
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 49-C §§996 & 996-a, Exec L; add Art 9 Title 13 §§2988 & 2988-a, Pub Auth L; add Art 24-A §§950 & 951, County L

S5236B (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.

S5236B (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5236B (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  5236--B
     Cal. No. 263
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             February 26, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sens. KENNEDY, BIAGGI, BROUK, GOUNARDES, HARCKHAM, HOYL-
   MAN, JACKSON, KAPLAN, LIU, MAY, RAMOS, RIVERA, RYAN,  THOMAS  --  read
   twice  and  ordered  printed,  and when printed to be committed to the
   Committee on Finance -- recommitted to the  Committee  on  Finance  in
   accordance  with  Senate  Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill
   amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  commit-
   tee  --  reported  favorably from said committee, ordered to first and
   second report,  ordered  to  a  third  reading,  amended  and  ordered
   reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading
 
 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.

  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD09702-06-2

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