File #: Int 0697-2022    Version: * Name: Requiring translations into languages that are not included in the language access law.
Type: Introduction Status: Laid Over in Committee
Committee: Committee on Governmental Operations
On agenda: 9/14/2022
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring translations into languages that are not included in the language access law
Sponsors: Sandra Ung, Shahana K. Hanif, Crystal Hudson, Pierina Ana Sanchez, Farah N. Louis, Julie Won, Jennifer Gutiérrez, Marjorie Velázquez
Council Member Sponsors: 8
Summary: This bill would amend the City’s Language Access Law to require that agency language access plans include language services for groups that have specific priority processing levels according to the U.S. State Department. It would also apply to languages spoken by people in countries that were designated for temporary protected status by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and languages spoken by people from a region for which the U.N High Commissioner on Human Rights has declared a level 3 emergency. This law would also apply to areas in the City that are subject to emergency or disaster declarations and also have a concentration of people that do not speak any of the designated citywide languages.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 697, 2. Int. No. 697, 3. September 14, 2022 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 9-14-22, 5. Committee Report 11/2/22, 6. Hearing Testimony 11/2/22, 7. Hearing Transcript 11/2/22, 8. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - September 14, 2022

Int. No. 697

 

By Council Members Ung, Hanif, Hudson, Sanchez, Louis, Won, Gutiérrez and Velázquez

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring translations into languages that are not included in the language access law

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Subdivision a of section 23-1101 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new definition in alphabetical order to read as follows:

Specialty languages. The term “specialty languages” means languages commonly spoken, as determined by the office of the language services coordinator, by New York city residents who:

(1) Have processing priority levels 1, 2 or 3 according to the federal department of state; or

(2) Are from a country designated for temporary protected status by the federal department of homeland security; or

(3) Are from a region for which the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees declared a level 3 emergency; or

(4) Are geographically concentrated in an area of the city that is subject to an emergency or disaster declaration and do not speak any of the designated citywide languages.

§ 2. The opening paragraph of subdivision a of section 23-1102 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to read as follows:

a. Every covered agency shall provide language access services for all designated city languages and all specialty languages. Such language access services shall include, but not be limited to:

§ 3. Paragraph 4 of subdivision b of section 23-1102 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to read as follows:

4. incorporate an evaluation of the language access needs of the service population, or likely service population, of such agency, and consider under what circumstances some or all of the direct public services of such agency should be provided in a language or languages supplemental to the designated citywide languages and specialty languages. Such evaluation should consider any available data on the service population of such agency, including but not limited to (i) relevant survey data collected pursuant to paragraph 1 of subdivision i of section 15 of the charter, (ii) language data collected by such agency through intake processes or other processes for collecting client, applicant or participant information, and (iii) the data collected by such agency on language access services rendered or requested. Such evaluation should also consider any information collected pursuant to paragraph 3 of subdivision c of section 15 of the charter.

§ 4. This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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