senate Bill S6079A

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to a gender-neutral marker for welfare applicants

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 03, 2021 referred to social services
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 02, 2021 ordered to third reading cal.1455
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 12, 2021 print number 6079a
May 12, 2021 amend (t) and recommit to social services
Apr 06, 2021 referred to social services

S6079 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7877
Current Committee:
Assembly Social Services
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §21, Soc Serv L

S6079 - Summary

Requires the welfare management system to offer a gender-neutral marker on forms and materials for applications for social services benefits; requires the office of court administration to provide a nonbinary option for demographic information on forms for securing orders.

S6079 - Sponsor Memo

S6079 - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   6079
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                               April 6, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced by Sen. GOUNARDES -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services
 
 AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to a gender-neutral
   marker  for  the welfare management system; and to amend the judiciary
   law, in relation to a gender X option on securing orders  in  criminal
   proceedings
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Section 21 of the social services law is amended by  adding
 a new subdivision 2-a to read as follows:
   2-A.  THE  WELFARE  MANAGEMENT  SYSTEM  AND  ANY RELATED STATE SYSTEMS
 REQUIRED TO PROCESS APPLICATIONS FOR BENEFITS  AND  TO  DISTRIBUTE  SUCH
 BENEFITS  SHALL RECOGNIZE "X" AS A VALID OPTION WHEN PLACED IN ANY FIELD
 OR AS A RESPONSE TO A REQUEST FOR AN APPLICANT TO SPECIFY GENDER OR SEX.
 ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS, INSTRUCTIONS, PUBLIC  GUIDANCE,  AND  RELATED
 MATERIALS  ASSOCIATED  WITH  THE BENEFITS APPLICATION PROCESS, INCLUDING
 ELECTRONIC AND ONLINE MATERIALS AND APPLICATIONS SHALL  BE  AMENDED  AND
 UPDATED TO CLARIFY THAT NONBINARY PEOPLE CAN SELECT OR INDICATE A GENDER
 DESIGNATION  OF  "X".  THE  CONTENT OF THE SEX OR GENDER FIELD SHALL NOT
 DELAY OR OTHERWISE HINDER ACCESS TO SERVICES FOR NONBINARY AND TRANSGEN-
 DER APPLICANTS. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION THE TERM "X"  MEANS
 A SEX DESIGNATION THAT IS NOT EXCLUSIVELY MALE OR FEMALE.
   §  2.  Subdivision 2 of section 212 of the judiciary law is amended by
 adding a new paragraph (cc) to read as follows:
   (CC) PRESCRIBE FORMS FOR THE COLLECTION OF BASIC DEMOGRAPHIC  INFORMA-
 TION  FOR  SECURING  ORDERS  WHICH  SHALL  INCLUDE  OPTIONS FOR CRIMINAL
 DEFENDANTS TO IDENTIFY AS FEMALE, MALE, OR GENDER X.
   § 3. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day  after  it  shall
 have  become  a  law;  provided,  however, that the department of social
 services shall amend, distribute and make available any printed  materi-
 als  relating to benefits under any program for which the department has
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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S6079A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7877
Current Committee:
Assembly Social Services
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §21, Soc Serv L

S6079A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires the welfare management system to offer a gender-neutral marker on forms and materials for applications for social services benefits; requires the office of court administration to provide a nonbinary option for demographic information on forms for securing orders.

S6079A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6079A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  6079--A
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                               April 6, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced by Sen. GOUNARDES -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services -- commit-
   tee  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recom-
   mitted to said committee
 
 AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to a gender-neutral
   marker for the welfare management system
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1. Section 21 of the social services law is amended by adding
 a new subdivision 2-a to read as follows:
   2-A. THE WELFARE MANAGEMENT  SYSTEM  AND  ANY  RELATED  STATE  SYSTEMS
 REQUIRED  TO  PROCESS  APPLICATIONS  FOR BENEFITS AND TO DISTRIBUTE SUCH
 BENEFITS SHALL RECOGNIZE "X" AS A VALID OPTION WHEN PLACED IN ANY  FIELD
 THAT REQUESTS INFORMATION ABOUT AN APPLICANT'S GENDER OR SEX. ALL APPLI-
 CATION  MATERIALS,  INSTRUCTIONS, PUBLIC GUIDANCE, AND RELATED MATERIALS
 ASSOCIATED WITH THE BENEFITS APPLICATION PROCESS,  INCLUDING  ELECTRONIC
 AND  ONLINE  MATERIALS  AND APPLICATIONS SHALL BE AMENDED AND UPDATED TO
 CLARIFY THAT ANY PERSON CAN SELECT OR INDICATE A GENDER  OR  SEX  DESIG-
 NATION  OF  "X"  WHEN  SUCH INFORMATION IS REQUESTED. THE CONTENT OF THE
 GENDER OR SEX FIELD SHALL  NOT  DELAY  OR  OTHERWISE  HINDER  ACCESS  TO
 SERVICES  FOR  ANY  APPLICANT.  FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION THE
 TERM "X" MEANS A GENDER OR SEX DESIGNATION THAT IS NOT EXCLUSIVELY  MALE
 OR FEMALE.
   §  2.  This  act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
 have become a law; provided, however,  that  the  department  of  social
 services  shall amend, distribute and make available any printed materi-
 als relating to benefits under any program for which the department  has
 supervisory  responsibilities, including informational and instructional
 materials and applications for benefits within one hundred  twenty  days
 of the date on which this act shall have become a law.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD10804-04-1

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