senate Bill S3957

Relates to the display of certain flags upon the capitol building

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  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
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  • 10 / Mar / 2011
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 14 / Mar / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.211
  • 15 / Mar / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 16 / Mar / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 06 / Apr / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 06 / Apr / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 06 / Apr / 2011
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS' AFFAIRS
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 06 / Jun / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1351
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS' AFFAIRS

Summary

Relates to the display of certain flags upon the capitol building.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7318
Versions:
S3957
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Military Law
Laws Affected:
Add §267, Mil L; amd §3, Pub Bldgs L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S8387, S8387

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BILL NUMBER:S3957

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend the military law and the public buildings law, in relation to
the display of certain flags upon the capitol building

PURPOSE:

This bill would provide for the display of the National Honor and
Remember Flag for fallen members of the armed forces.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section one of this bill would add a new section 267 to the executive
law, to designate the honor and remember flag for fallen members of
the armed forces.

Specifically, this bill would:

(a) Provide for a legislative intent which would find and determine
that:

(1) Since the revolutionary war, more than one million members of the
United States armed forces have paid the ultimate price by
sacrificing their lives in the line of duty.

(2) The contributions of those fallen members of the armed forces are
deserving of national recognition.

(3) Currently, there is no officially recognized symbolic flag that
acknowledges members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty.

(b) Adopt the national honor and remember flag for fallen members of
the armed forces as the official honor and remember flag for the
state of New York, stating that the honor and remember flag is the
symbol of our nation's concern and commitment to honoring and
remembering the lives of all members of the United States armed
forces who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

(c) Provide for the procurement and distribution of honor and remember
flags, by requiring that not later than thirty days after the
effective date of this section, the commissioner of general services
shall commence the procurement of honor and remember flags and
distribute them as necessary.

Section two of this bill would amend section 3 of the public buildings
law, to provide that the flag commonly designated as the national
honor and remember flag, shall be displayed upon the capitol building
during the daily sessions of the legislature and on public occasions.

Section three of this bill would provide that this act would take
effect on the 30th day after it shall have become a law.

JUSTIFICATION:

This bill would provide for the designation and display of the
National Honor and Remember Flag by the State of New York. The
National Honor and Remember Flag was established to provide for the
honoring and remembering of all the members of the American Armed
Forces who have given our nation and its people the ultimate
sacrifice, by giving their life in the defense of our nation and its
freedom. Like the Purple Heart, which is the military honor awarded
to those who have sustained combat injury or death, the Honor and
Remember Flag represents a public recognition that a grateful state
and nation can display to expressly show its gratitude to those
service personnel and their families. This bill would provide for the
adoption of the Honor and Remember Flag as the official Honor and
Remember Flag for the State of New York, and require its display over
the State Capitol Building in Albany. Similar legislation is being
enacted in other states, as well as by the federal government, as a
tribute to our fallen Armed Forces Service Members.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new bill in the Senate.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None noted (as this can be maintained within current budget
appropriations).

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act would take effect on the thirtieth day after becoming law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3957

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 10, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. BALL, LARKIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Veterans,  Homeland
  Security and Military Affairs

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  military  law  and the public buildings law, in
  relation to the display of certain flags upon the capitol building

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. The military law is amended by adding a new section 267 to
read as follows:
  S 267. DESIGNATION OF HONOR AND REMEMBER FLAG FOR  FALLEN  MEMBERS  OF
THE  ARMED FORCES.  (A) LEGISLATIVE INTENT. THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE
OF NEW YORK FINDS AND DETERMINES THAT:
  (1) SINCE THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, MORE THAN ONE MILLION MEMBERS OF  THE
UNITED  STATES  ARMED FORCES HAVE PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE BY SACRIFICING
THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY.
  (2) THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THOSE FALLEN MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES  ARE
DESERVING OF NATIONAL RECOGNITION.
  (3)  CURRENTLY,  THERE  IS NO OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED SYMBOLIC FLAG THAT
ACKNOWLEDGES MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES WHO DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY.
  (B) ADOPTION. THE NATIONAL HONOR AND REMEMBER FLAG FOR FALLEN  MEMBERS
OF  THE  ARMED  FORCES SHALL BE THE OFFICIAL HONOR AND REMEMBER FLAG FOR
THE STATE OF NEW YORK. THE HONOR AND REMEMBER FLAG IS THE SYMBOL OF  OUR
NATION'S CONCERN AND COMMITMENT TO HONORING AND REMEMBERING THE LIVES OF
ALL  MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES
IN THE LINE OF DUTY.
  (C) PROCUREMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF FLAGS. NOT LATER THAN THIRTY  DAYS
AFTER  THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE OF THIS SECTION, THE COMMISSIONER OF GENERAL
SERVICES SHALL COMMENCE THE PROCUREMENT OF HONOR AND REMEMBER FLAGS  AND
DISTRIBUTE THEM AS NECESSARY.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10156-01-1

S. 3957                             2

  S  2.  Subdivision  2  of  section  3  of the public buildings law, as
amended by chapter 118 of the laws  of  1962,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  2.  cause the flags of the United States [and], the state flag bearing
the arms of the state AND THE FLAG COMMONLY DESIGNATED AS  THE  NATIONAL
HONOR  AND  REMEMBER  FLAG,  to  be  displayed upon the capitol building
during the daily sessions of the legislature and  on  public  occasions,
and  cause  the  necessary  flagstaffs to be erected therefor. Cause the
flag of the United States to be appropriately displayed at all times  in
the  senate  chamber  and in the assembly chamber. Cause the flag of the
United States to be appropriately displayed upon the walls of  any  hall
or  other  meeting  place in a public building under his supervision and
control during any meeting or gathering of persons to which  the  public
is invited. The necessary expenses incurred thereby shall be paid out of
the treasury on the warrant of the comptroller.
  S  3.  This  act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
have become a law.

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