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A08742 Summary:

BILL NOA08742
 
SAME ASSAME AS S07787
 
SPONSORNiou
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 103, St Tech L (as proposed in S.4716-A & A.6215-A)
 
Requires the office of information technology services to advise all state agencies in the implementation of language translation technology.
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A08742 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A8742
 
SPONSOR: Niou
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state technology law, in relation to requiring the office of information technology services to cooperate with all state agencies in the implementation of language translation technology   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to make amendments to Chapter 785 of the Laws of 2021.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This chapter amendment would make changes to the implementation time required for agencies to provide translation services on their websites.   JUSTIFICATION: In 2011, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 26, an important measure to ensure that New York State agencies establish language access plans, translate vital documents, and provide interpretation services for at least the six most common non-English languages spoken by individuals with limited English proficiency in the State of New York, based on United States Census data. In spite of Executive Order 26, the vast majority of State agency websites do not offer users an easy to use on-page translation option. The lack of such an option makes navigating important agency information difficult for New Yorkers with limited English proficiency. This is especially a problem during the COVID19 pandemic, when New Yorkers rely on State agencies for vital public health information about the virus, safety protocols, testing, and the vaccine. As of April 15, 2021, the New York State Department of Health's COVID-19 vaccine eligibility site (am-i-eligible.covid 19vaccine.healthy.ny.gov)does feature an option to easily translate the page into one of the six most common non-English languages. Unfortu- nately, a similar option does not exist for DOH's main COVID19 website (covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov) or virtually any other COVID-related state agency website. Recognizing the immediacy of the COVID-19 public health crisis, this legislation would require New York State agency websites to incorporate language translation technology for at least the 12 most-spoken non- English languages on all COVID19-related websites within 30 days of the bill's signing. All other state agency websites would be required to follow suit in no more than 90 days.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the same date and in the same manner as a chapter of the laws of 2021 amending the state technology law relating to requiring the office of information technology services to cooperate with all state agencies in the implementation of language translation technology, as proposed in legislative bills numbers 5.4716-A and A. 6215-A, takes effect.
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A08742 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          8742
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 11, 2022
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M. of A. NIOU -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Governmental Operations
 
        AN ACT to amend the state technology law, in relation to  requiring  the
          office  of information technology services to cooperate with all state
          agencies in the implementation of language translation technology
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Subdivision 8-a of section 103 of the state technology law,
     2  as amended by a chapter of the laws of 2021 amending the state technolo-
     3  gy  law  relating  to  requiring  the  office  of information technology
     4  services to cooperate with all state agencies in the  implementation  of
     5  language  translation  technology,  as  proposed  in  legislative  bills
     6  numbers S. 4716-A and A. 6215-A, is amended to read as follows:
     7    8-a. (a) To advise and assist state agencies in the implementation  of
     8  language  translation  technology  on  state  agency websites containing
     9  information about the novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") or programs,  bene-
    10  fits  or  services related to COVID-19 within [thirty] sixty days of the
    11  effective date of this subdivision; and on  all  state  agency  websites
    12  within  [ninety  days] six months of the effective date of this subdivi-
    13  sion.
    14    (b) Such language translation technology shall, at  a  minimum,  allow
    15  users  to  translate the text of state agency websites into at least the
    16  twelve most common non-English  languages  spoken  by  individuals  with
    17  limited-English  proficiency  in  the state of New York, based on United
    18  States census data.
    19    (c) As used in this subdivision, the term "state agency website" shall
    20  mean an internet website operated by or for a state  agency.  Such  term
    21  shall  include  those  websites  operated on behalf of state agencies by
    22  other public or private entities, but shall not include any portions  of
    23  the internet outside the control of the state agency.
    24    §  2.  This  act  shall  take  effect on the same date and in the same
    25  manner as a chapter of the laws of 2021 amending  the  state  technology
    26  law  relating to requiring the office of information technology services
    27  to cooperate with all state agencies in the implementation  of  language
    28  translation  technology,  as  proposed  in  legislative bills numbers S.
    29  4716-A and A. 6215-A, takes effect.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09265-05-2
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