senate Bill S2657

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the display of certain flags upon the capitol building

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs
returned to senate
died in assembly
Apr 24, 2013 referred to veterans' affairs
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Apr 22, 2013 advanced to third reading
Apr 17, 2013 2nd report cal.
Apr 16, 2013 1st report cal.351
Jan 23, 2013 referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs

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Apr 16, 2013 - Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs committee Vote

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S2657 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5896
Current Committee:
Senate Veterans, Homeland Security And Military Affairs
Law Section:
Military Law
Laws Affected:
Add §267, Mil L; amd §3, Pub Bldgs L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3957, A7318
2009-2010: S8387

S2657 - Bill Texts

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

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BILL NUMBER:S2657

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:
4/6/11 Passed Senate
6/18/12 Passed 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2657

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 23, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BALL  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty 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  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; AND
  (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.
                                                           LBD07159-01-3

S. 2657                             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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