assembly Bill A7274A

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Establishes the Commission to Study Reparations for African-Americans and to Recommend Remedies; makes an appropriation of $250,000

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 03, 2018 referred to ways and means
Jun 16, 2017 print number 7274a
Jun 16, 2017 amend and recommit to ways and means
Jun 15, 2017 reported referred to ways and means
Apr 17, 2017 referred to governmental operations

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A7274 - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S5624
Law Section:
Civil Rights
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
A3080, S2904

A7274 - Summary

Relates to acknowledging the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the city of New York and the state of New York; establishing the commission to study reparations for African-Americans and to recommend remedies to examine the institution of slavery, subsequently de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, the impact of these forces on living African-Americans and to make recommendations on appropriate remedies; makes an appropriation therefor; and provides for the repeal of such provisions.

A7274 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  7274

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                             April 17, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. BARRON -- read once and referred to the Committee
  on Governmental Operations

AN  ACT to acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality and
  inhumanity of slavery in the city of New York and  the  state  of  New
  York; to establish the Commission to Study Reparations for African-Am-
  ericans and to Recommend Remedies, to examine the institution of slav-
  ery,  subsequently  de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimi-
  nation against African-Americans, and the impact of  these  forces  on
  living  African-Americans  and  to make recommendations on appropriate
  remedies; making an appropriation  therefor;  and  providing  for  the
  repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited  as  the  "Repara-
tions  commission  on  slavery  in  New York state; a study and call for
remedies act".
  § 2. Legislative intent.  Contrary to what many people believe,  slav-
ery  was  not  just  a southern institution. Prior to the American Revo-
lution, there were more enslaved Africans in New York City than  in  any
other city except Charleston, South Carolina. During this period, slaves
accounted for 20% of the population of New York and approximately 40% of
colonial  New York's households owned slaves. These slaves were an inte-
gral part of the population which settled and developed what we now know
as the state of New York.
  The first slaves arrived in New Amsterdam, a Dutch  settlement  estab-
lished  at  the  southern  tip  of  Manhattan Island, around 1627. These
enslaved Africans did not belong to  individuals,  but  worked  for  the
Dutch  West  India Company. The Dutch East India Company had established
Fort Amsterdam, a fortification located  on  the  southern  tip  of  the
island  of  Manhattan,  for  the  purpose of defending the company's fur
trade operations in the North River, now known as the Hudson  River.  In
1624,  New Amsterdam became a provincial extension of the Dutch Republic
and it was designated the capital of the province in 1625.

Co-Sponsors

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A7274A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S5624
Law Section:
Civil Rights
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
A3080, S2904

A7274A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to acknowledging the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the city of New York and the state of New York; establishing the commission to study reparations for African-Americans and to recommend remedies to examine the institution of slavery, subsequently de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, the impact of these forces on living African-Americans and to make recommendations on appropriate remedies; makes an appropriation therefor; and provides for the repeal of such provisions.

A7274A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 7274--A

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                             April 17, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. BARRON, HARRIS, PRETLOW, WRIGHT, SEPULVEDA, DICK-
  ENS,  AUBRY,  WALKER,  BLAKE,  WILLIAMS,  RICHARDSON, CRESPO, SOLAGES,
  PICHARDO, ARROYO, RODRIGUEZ,  MOSLEY,  PEOPLES-STOKES,  COOK,  RIVERA,
  DE LA ROSA,  PERRY,  VANEL,  TITUS,  HYNDMAN,  HOOPER,  CAHILL, GANTT,
  JEAN-PIERRE -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. FARRELL -- read once and
  referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations --  reported  and
  referred  to  the Committee on Ways and Means -- committee discharged,
  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended  and  recommitted  to  said
  committee

AN  ACT to acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality and
  inhumanity of slavery in the city of New York and  the  state  of  New
  York; to establish the Commission to Study Reparations for African-Am-
  ericans and to Recommend Remedies, to examine the institution of slav-
  ery,  subsequently  de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimi-
  nation against African-Americans, and the impact of  these  forces  on
  living  African-Americans  and  to make recommendations on appropriate
  remedies; making an appropriation  therefor;  and  providing  for  the
  repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited  as  the  "Repara-
tions  commission  on  slavery  in  New York state; a study and call for
remedies act".
  § 2. Legislative intent.  Contrary to what many people believe,  slav-
ery  was  not  just  a southern institution. Prior to the American Revo-
lution, there were more enslaved Africans in New York City than  in  any
other city except Charleston, South Carolina. During this period, slaves
accounted for 20% of the population of New York and approximately 40% of
colonial  New York's households owned slaves. These slaves were an inte-
gral part of the population which settled and developed what we now know
as the state of New York.

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

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