senate Bill S6599C

Amended

Requires certain text-books to reference the Sea of Japan as also the East Sea

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 11 / Feb / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 21 / Feb / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 21 / Feb / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 6599A
  • 11 / Mar / 2014
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 11 / Mar / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.278
  • 18 / Mar / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 6599B
  • 31 / Mar / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 6599C
  • 28 / Apr / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 6599D
  • 06 / May / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 06 / May / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 07 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Requires all text-books approved by this article to reference the Sea of Japan as also the East Sea.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S6599
S6599A
S6599B
S6599C
S6599D
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง706, Ed L

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BILL NUMBER:S6599C

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
requiring certain text-books to reference the Sea of Japan as also the
East Sea

PURPOSE OF THE BILL:

To require that the Sea of Japan be referenced as the East Sea in
textbooks used in New York.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends the education law by adding a section 706
which will require that any text-book approved and issued pursuant to
section seven hundred one of this article which refers to the Sea of
Japan shall change the name from Sea of Japan to the East Sea, or in
the alternative shall note that it is also referred to as the East
Sea.

Section 2 of the bill sets an effective date of the July 1, 2016 and
the provisions shall apply to books approved and issued after that
date.

JUSTIFICATION:

This bill will facilitate an understanding that the body of water that
separates the Korean Peninsula and Japan should be known as the "East
Sea" or in the alternative that the "Sea of Japan" is also known as
the "East Sea". While the name "Sea of Japan" was introduced sometime
during the late 1920's during a time when Japan occupied Korea, both
Korea and China have referred to this same body of water as the "East
Sea" for well over 2000 years. In addition, there are dozens of world
maps predating the 19th century that refer to this body of water as
the "East Sea".

Moreover, two separate international resolutions have established the
standards of naming a sea area that is shared by multiple countries.
The International Hydrographic Organization Technical Resolution
A.4.2.6 (adopted on March 13, 1974) provided that when countries
sharing a given geographical feature do not agree on a common name,
the names used by each of the countries should be used concurrently.
This standard is confirmed by the United Nations Resolution on
Geographical Names 111/20 (adopted in 1977), which further stated that
accepting only one or some of such names while excluding the rest
would be inconsistent in principle as well as inexpedient in practice.
Furthermore, the internationally established custom indicates that
seas bordering different countries should not be named after one
particular nation. Therefore, permanently changing the name to the
"East Sea" or in the alternative acknowledging a dual reference of the
"Sea of Japan" and the "East Sea" would be in full compliance with
this international principle.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on July 1, 2016 and shall apply to
text-books approved and issued on or after such date.

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

                                 6599--C
    Cal. No. 278

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 11, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Education  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to  said  committee -- committee discharged and said bill committed to
  the Committee on Rules -- ordered to  a  third  reading,  amended  and
  ordered  reprinted,  retaining its place in the order of third reading
  -- again amended and ordered reprinted, retaining  its  place  in  the
  order of third reading

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  education law, in relation to requiring certain
  text-books to reference the Sea of Japan as also the East Sea

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

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 706 to
read as follows:
  S  706.  REFERENCE  TO SEA OF JAPAN. ANY TEXT-BOOK APPROVED AND ISSUED
PURSUANT TO SECTION SEVEN HUNDRED ONE OF THIS ARTICLE  WHICH  REFERS  TO
THE  SEA  OF  JAPAN  SHALL CHANGE THE NAME FROM SEA OF JAPAN TO THE EAST
SEA, OR IN THE ALTERNATIVE SHALL NOTE THAT IT IS ALSO REFERRED TO AS THE
EAST SEA.
  S 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016 and shall apply to  text-
books approved and issued on or after such date.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13988-05-4

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