senate Bill S1374

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to acknowledging that the institution of slavery was an appalling tragedy in the history of this state

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to investigations and government operations
Jan 07, 2011 referred to investigations and government operations

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S1374 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2975
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Legislature
Laws Affected:
Add ยง32-a, Chap 137 of 1817
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S5646, A1300

S1374 - Summary

Relates to acknowledging that the institution of slavery was an appalling tragedy in the history of this state.

S1374 - Sponsor Memo

S1374 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  1374

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 7, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. PERKINS, PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the  Committee  on  Investigations
  and Government Operations

AN  ACT  to amend chapter 137 of the laws of 1817 relating to slaves and
  servants, in relation to acknowledging the tragedy of slavery  in  New
  York state

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

  Section 1. Chapter 137 of the laws of  1817  relating  to  slaves  and
servants is amended by adding a new section XXXII-a to read as follows:
  S  XXXII-A.    ACKNOWLEDGES  THAT  SLAVERY,  THE TRANSATLANTIC AND THE
DOMESTIC SLAVE TRADE WERE APPALLING TRAGEDIES IN THE HISTORY OF NEW YORK
STATE NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF THEIR ABHORRENT BARBARISM BUT ALSO IN TERMS OF
THEIR MAGNITUDE, ORGANIZED NATURE AND ESPECIALLY THEIR NEGATION  OF  THE
HUMANITY OF THE ENSLAVED PERSON. THE GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
FURTHER  ACKNOWLEDGES  THAT  THE  INSTITUTIONS  OF SLAVERY AND THE SLAVE
TRADE IN ENSLAVED PERSONS ARE NOW AND SHOULD  ALWAYS  HAVE  BEEN  CRIMES
AGAINST THIS STATE AS WELL AS CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY. THE GOVERNMENT OF
THE  STATE  OF NEW YORK FORMALLY APOLOGIZES FOR ITS ROLE IN SANCTIONING,
EXPLOITING AND PERPETUATING SLAVERY  AND  ITS  VESTIGES,  INCLUDING  THE
ENACTMENT  OF  SLAVE  CODES  THAT  CREATED THE EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE OF
CHILDREN, AND THE DISSOLUTION OF THEIR FAMILIES AS  PERSONIFIED  BY  THE
LIFE AND LEGACY OF SOJOURNER TRUTH.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02763-01-1

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