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A00642 Summary:

BILL NOA00642
 
SAME ASSAME AS S01215
 
SPONSORWeprin
 
COSPNSRKim, Rozic, Colton, Miller, Rivera
 
MLTSPNSRBraunstein
 
Add §3-507, El L
 
Directs the Queens county board of elections to provide language assistance in Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi.
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A00642 Actions:

BILL NOA00642
 
01/11/2023referred to election law
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A00642 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A642
 
SPONSOR: Weprin
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to directing the Queens county board of elections to provide language assistance in Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill directs the Queens county board of elections to provide writ- ten language assistance' in Bengali, Punjabi, and Hindi in order to comply with the Language Assistance Provisions of Section 203 of the federal voting rights act of 1965 (42(U.S.0 1973aa-la).   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The election law is amended by adding a new section 3-508 which directs the Queens county board of elections to provide written language assist- ance in Bengali, Punjabi, and Hindi. Since Asian-Indians in Queens Coun- ty are newly covered under the Language Assistance Provisions of See. 203 of the Federal Voting Rights Act and the three most spoken languages among individuals of Asian-Indian origin are Segall, Hindi; and Punjabi, the Board of Elections should provide written material in those languages. This shall include but not be limited to ballots, signs, voter mailings, employee and volunteer training materiel and information on such board's website. The board is also require to produce and distribute throughout the district a booklet which includes a voter registration form in English along with, in Bengali, Punjabi, and Hindi, instructions for registering to vote, instructions for obtaining an absentee ballot, and a section with general voter information including frequently asked questions. The board may include other languages in the booklet and website as well.. This act shall take effect on the 1201b day. Effective immediately, the addition amendment or repeal of any rules or regulations for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made on or before such date.   JUSTIFICATION: Since Asian-Indians in Queens County are newly covered under the Language Assistance Provisions of Sec. 203 of the federal Voting Rights 'Act, this act will add the three most spoken Asian- Indian languages to the Queens County ballot. The data for Queens County indicates Bengali (also known as Bangle), Punjabi and Hindi speakers, in that order, as the prevalence of those with limited English proficiency (LEP) in Queens County(1).   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 02/09/17 referred to election law 01/03/18 referred to election law 06/06/18 held for consideration in election law   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal to state   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the 120th day. Effective immediately, the addition amendment or repeal of any rules or regulations for the imple- mentation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made on or before such date.
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A00642 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                           642
 
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 11, 2023
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. WEPRIN, KIM, ROZIC, COLTON, MILLER, RIVERA --
          Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. BRAUNSTEIN -- read once and referred to
          the Committee on Election Law
 
        AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to  directing  the  Queens
          county  board  of elections to provide language assistance in Bengali,
          Punjabi and Hindi

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  The election law is amended by adding a new section 3-507
     2  to read as follows:
     3    § 3-507. Queens county board of elections; voting materials in  Benga-
     4  li,  Punjabi  and  Hindi.  The  Queens  county  board of elections shall
     5  provide written language assistance in the Bengali,  Punjabi  and  Hindi
     6  languages pursuant to section two hundred three of the voting rights act
     7  of  nineteen  hundred  sixty-five  (42  U.S.C. 1973aa-1a). Such language
     8  assistance shall include, but not be limited to, ballots,  signs,  voter
     9  mailings,  employee  and volunteer training materials and information on
    10  such board's website. It shall also produce and disseminate countywide a
    11  booklet that includes: (a) a voter registration  form  in  English  with
    12  instructions in Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi; (b) instructions in Bengali,
    13  Punjabi  and  Hindi  regarding  the criteria and application process for
    14  obtaining an absentee ballot; and  (c)  a  section  with  general  voter
    15  information  in  Bengali,  Punjabi  and Hindi including frequently asked
    16  questions. Such board may include other languages on its website and  in
    17  such booklet.
    18    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
    19  it  shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend-
    20  ment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations necessary for the  imple-
    21  mentation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made on
    22  or before such date.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01596-01-3
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