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File #: 49714    Version: 1 Name: Approving the City of Madison comprehensive language access plan
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 11/29/2017 In control: COMMON COUNCIL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
On agenda: 2/27/2018 Final action: 2/27/2018
Enactment date: 3/2/2018 Enactment #: RES-18-00164
Title: Approving the City of Madison comprehensive language access plan.
Sponsors: Shiva Bidar, Amanda Hall
Attachments: 1. City of Madison LAP with Appendices.pdf, 2. 2/6/18 Language Access Plan PowerPoint - CCEC presentation.pdf
Related files: 48568, 47692, 34666
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution approves the comprehensive language access plan. The adopted 2018 operating budget for the Department of Civil Rights includes $122,000 for the implementation of the plan.
Title
Approving the City of Madison comprehensive language access plan.
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WHEREAS, 15.8% of residents over five years of age in the City of Madison speak a language other than English at home, many of who are limited English proficient (LEP); and,

WHEREAS, the City of Madison is committed to being a welcoming and inclusive city for all residents and ensuring meaningful, accurate, and equal access to City programs, benefits, activities, and services; and,

WHEREAS, on September 20, 2016, the Common Council resolved that the City of Madison shall use professional, qualified, human translation for official communication and its websites, and shall not use automated machine translation for the same, and further resolved that the Department of Civil Rights review its language access plan and submit a comprehensive language access plan to the Common Council by June 2017; and,

WHEREAS, a Steering Committee was created for the development of the comprehensive language access plan, which consisted of City of Madison staff, including bilingual staff, an Alderperson who is also a language access expert, and linguistics professionals; and,

WHEREAS, on September 19, 2017, the Common Council resolved to extend the date by which the Department of Civil Rights was to submit a final comprehensive language access plan; and,

WHEREAS, the Department of Civil Rights presented an interim report on September 19, 2017; and,

WHEREAS, the Department of Civil Rights sent a survey to all City of Madison employees to gather data on the following: how staff provide language assistance to the community, familiarity with existing services, how bilingual employees are used within the City, and how first responders handled language assistance needs in the field; and,

WHEREAS, in...

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