senate Bill S1957

Designates the month of September as firefighter, police officer and emergency medical technician appreciation month

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.994
  • 05 / Jun / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 10 / Jun / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 29 / Apr / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.415
  • 30 / Apr / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 05 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 07 / May / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 07 / May / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 07 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS

Summary

Designates the month of September as firefighter, police officer and emergency medical technician appreciation month.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9327
Versions:
S1957
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง168-b, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S2173, S2173
2009-2010: S1595, S1595

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BILL NUMBER:S1957 REVISED 1/24/13

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to desig-
nating the month of September as firefighter, police officer and emer-
gency medical technician appreciation month

PURPOSE: Designates the month of September as Firefighter, Police Offi-
cer, and Emergency Medical Technician Appreciation Month in celebration
of their efforts and sacrifices to vigilantly serve their communities

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends the Executive Law by adding new section 168-b.
Subsection 1 defines the term "month of commemoration" as a calendar
month designated by this section, a gubernatorial proclamation, or a
joint house resolution.

Subdivision 2 clarifies that the "month of commemoration" is a desig-
nation for recognition and special honor and not a holiday.

Subdivision 3 declares that the month September of each year shall be
known as "Firefighter, Police Officer, and Emergency Medical Technician
Appreciation month."

Section 2 provides that this act shall take effect on the first of Janu-
ary next succeeding the date on which it shall become a law

EXISTING LAW: Currently, there is no statutory mechanism for designat-
ing a month of commemoration and there is no month designated as "Fire-
fighter, Police Officer, and Emergency Medical Technician Appreciation
Month."

JUSTIFICATION: On September 11, 2001 America experienced the most
devastating attack on its homeland since Japanese suicide bombers struck
our Naval facilities at Pearl Harbor. This despicable attack by cowardly
terrorists resulted in the death of nearly 3,000 innocent civilians and
public servants of this state and nation. Among them were 75 police
officers, 343 fire-fighters, and emergency medical technicians who paid
the ultimate price while doing a job to which they were extraordinarily
dedicated. Their heroic service and sacrifice is indelible in our histo-
ry of great public service as Americans.

Since that tragic event, New Yorkers and good people from around the
world have paid tribute to their heroism and established symbols in
cherished memory of their lives and sacrifices. The acts of bravery and
service of those who died on September 11, 2001 will never be forgotten
but we all know that those who have taken their places as police offi-
cers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians may one day be
called upon to make similar sacrifices.

Our brave and devoted police officers, firefighters and emergency
medical technicians should not receive our appreciation only as a result
of tragic occurrences. Their unwavering commitment to duty, to our state
and to our nation should always be recognized and honored. It is not
only appropriate, but also good public policy to designate a reasonable
period dedicated to showing our appreciation. In tribute and cherished
memory of our heroes who gave their all on September 11, 2001, this bill
will designate the month of September as a time to show appreciation and
also provides an annual period where we can recognize and celebrate the
service of those who now and in the future will fill the places of our
heroes who have served.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.2173 - Passed Senate 2011: S.2173 -
Referred to Finance 2010: S.1595 - 3rd Reading 2009: S.1595 - Referred
to Finance 2007-8: S.456 - Passed Senate both years 2005-6: S.1930 -
Referred to Finance 2004: S.7646 - 3rd Reading

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take on the first of January next
succeeding the date on which it shall become a law.

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

                                  1957

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to designating the  month
  of  September  as  firefighter,  police  officer and emergency medical
  technician appreciation month

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

  Section  1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 168-b
to read as follows:
  S 168-B. DESIGNATION OF MONTHS OF COMMEMORATION. 1. A MONTH OF COMMEM-
ORATION IS A CALENDAR MONTH SO DESIGNATED BY THIS SECTION OR A  CALENDAR
MONTH IN ANY ONE YEAR SO DESIGNATED BY A PROCLAMATION OF THE GOVERNOR OR
RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY JOINTLY ADOPTED.
  2. A MONTH OF COMMEMORATION SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE A HOLIDAY OR HALF-HO-
LIDAY BUT SHALL BE A MONTH SET ASIDE IN RECOGNITION AND SPECIAL HONOR OF
A PERSON, PERSONS, GROUP IDEAL OR GOAL.
  3. THE FOLLOWING MONTH SHALL BE A MONTH OF COMMEMORATION IN EACH YEAR:
SEPTEMBER,  TO  BE  KNOWN  AS "FIREFIGHTER, POLICE OFFICER AND EMERGENCY
MEDICAL TECHNICIAN APPRECIATION MONTH".
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next  succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03865-01-3

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