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