**UPDATE 3/20/23** Thanks to your advocacy, S2459 PASSED the NJ State Senate in a 23-12 vote.
We need you to raise your voice again and push this bill through the Assembly! **
There are over 150 languages spoken in New Jersey. But we need just one voice -- YOURS! -- to speak up for Language Access.
Bill S2459/A3837 would require that all state government agencies in the Executive Branch that provide direct services provide written translation and oral interpretation in the top spoken languages by Limited English Proficient New Jerseyans.
Lack of Language Access is hurting New Jersey. Lack of access to timely, accurate information causes costly emergencies that cost the State money and cost residents their lives.
Your representatives need to hear from you. Join us in sending a clear message: We deserve a NJ that speaks for all of us.
New Jersey is more diverse than we've ever been. The diverse growth of our population is not a "trend" -- our communities are here to stay and we need services that speak to who we are.
New Jersey has led on expansive, inclusive policies before. If we want those programs to have their intended impact, we must make sure they are accessible and people have confidence accessing them in their preferred language.
We can't wait any longer. Other states with similar populations already have language access plans in place. Those states recognize that when timely information doesn't reach communities, it costs the state money, time, and most importantly, lives.
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