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FYI: The drumbeat of conversation about a City Council bill that would force city agencies to provide more translation services will finally segue into action today, when the Committee on General Welfare is scheduled to vote on the measure. Intro 38-A would require any human services agency that gets more than 100 clients a week who need language assistance in one of six languages to provide permanent translation services. The two-year-old bill covers Arabic, Chinese, Creole, Korean, Russian and Spanish. If passed, the full Council will consider the measure during its final meeting this year, on Monday. In a surprise turnabout, the Bloomberg administration will announce support for the bill today, all but assuring its passage. A month of negotiations brought about changes, such as a five-year phase in, that the administration says have made the bill much more feasible. [12/12/03]

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