senate Bill S1549C

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Requires commissioner of education to promulgate rules and regulations to ensure that no public school uses a native name, logo, or mascot

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Education Committee


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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 04, 2021 print number 1549c
Jun 04, 2021 amend and recommit to education
Apr 22, 2021 print number 1549b
Apr 22, 2021 amend (t) and recommit to education
Mar 09, 2021 print number 1549a
Mar 09, 2021 amend and recommit to education
Jan 13, 2021 referred to education

S1549 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5443
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §319, Ed L

S1549 - Summary

Requires the commissioner of education to promulgate rules and regulations to ensure that no public school uses a native name, logo, or mascot; defines terms; permits the use of current materials and uniforms until September 1, 2024; provides an exemption for Native American tribes (view more) makes related provisions.

S1549 - Sponsor Memo

S1549 - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   1549
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             January 13, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  BIAGGI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Education
 
 AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation  to  race-based  mascots,
   names or logos
 
   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 319 to
 read as follows:
   § 319. RACE-BASED MASCOTS, NAMES OR LOGOS. 1. AS USED IN THIS SECTION,
 "RACE-BASED MASCOT OR LOGO" SHALL MEAN ANY PERSON, ANIMAL OR OBJECT USED
 TO REPRESENT A SCHOOL DISTRICT WHICH IS DERIVED FROM A SPECIFIC RACE  OR
 ETHNICITY  OR  IS BASED ON CERTAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF A SPECIFIC RACE OR
 ETHNICITY. A "RACE-BASED NAME" SHALL BE A NAME DERIVED FROM  A  SPECIFIC
 RACE  OR  ETHNICITY OR IS BASED ON CERTAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF A SPECIFIC
 RACE OR ETHNICITY.
   2. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS  TO  ENSURE
 THAT NO PUBLIC SCHOOL USES A RACE-BASED MASCOT, NAME, OR LOGO.
   3.  NOTWITHSTANDING  THIS SECTION, A PUBLIC SCHOOL MAY CONTINUE TO USE
 UNIFORMS OR OTHER MATERIALS BEARING THEIR PROHIBITED ATHLETIC TEAM NAME,
 LOGO, OR MASCOT THAT WERE PURCHASED BEFORE  A  DATE  PRESCRIBED  BY  THE
 COMMISSIONER  UNTIL  SEPTEMBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-FOUR IF ALL OF
 THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS ARE MET:
   (A) THE SCHOOL SELECTS A NEW SCHOOL OR ATHLETIC TEAM  NAME,  LOGO,  OR
 MASCOT;
   (B)  THE SCHOOL REFRAINS FROM PURCHASING OR ACQUIRING, FOR THE PURPOSE
 OF DISTRIBUTION OR SALE TO PUPILS OR SCHOOL EMPLOYEES, ANY UNIFORM  THAT
 INCLUDES OR BEARS THEIR PROHIBITED TEAM NAME, LOGO, OR MASCOT;
   (C)  THE SCHOOL REFRAINS FROM PURCHASING OR ACQUIRING, FOR THE PURPOSE
 OF DISTRIBUTION OR SALE TO PUPILS OR  SCHOOL  EMPLOYEES,  ANY  YEARBOOK,
 NEWSPAPER, PROGRAM, OR OTHER SIMILAR MATERIAL THAT INCLUDES OR BEARS THE
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD02998-01-1

S1549A - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5443
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §319, Ed L

S1549A - Summary

Requires the commissioner of education to promulgate rules and regulations to ensure that no public school uses a native name, logo, or mascot; defines terms; permits the use of current materials and uniforms until September 1, 2024; provides an exemption for Native American tribes (view more) makes related provisions.

S1549A - Sponsor Memo

S1549A - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  1549--A
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             January 13, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  BIAGGI -- 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
 
 AN  ACT  to  amend the education law, in relation to race-based mascots,
   names or logos

   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 319 to
 read as follows:
   § 319. RACE-BASED MASCOTS, NAMES OR LOGOS. 1. AS USED IN THIS SECTION,
 "RACE-BASED MASCOT OR LOGO" SHALL MEAN ANY PERSON, ANIMAL OR OBJECT USED
 TO  REPRESENT A SCHOOL DISTRICT WHICH IS DERIVED FROM A SPECIFIC RACE OR
 ETHNICITY OR IS BASED ON CERTAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF A SPECIFIC  RACE  OR
 ETHNICITY.  A  "RACE-BASED NAME" SHALL BE A NAME DERIVED FROM A SPECIFIC
 RACE OR ETHNICITY OR IS BASED ON CERTAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF  A  SPECIFIC
 RACE OR ETHNICITY.
   2.  THE  COMMISSIONER SHALL, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE AMERICAN PSYCHO-
 LOGICAL ASSOCIATION, THE AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, THE NATIONAL
 COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, THE NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AMERICAN INDI-
 ANS, AND THE ONEIDA NATION, PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS  TO  ENSURE
 THAT NO PUBLIC SCHOOL USES A RACE-BASED MASCOT, NAME, OR LOGO.
   3.  NOTWITHSTANDING  THIS SECTION, A PUBLIC SCHOOL MAY CONTINUE TO USE
 UNIFORMS OR OTHER MATERIALS BEARING THEIR PROHIBITED ATHLETIC TEAM NAME,
 LOGO, OR MASCOT THAT WERE PURCHASED BEFORE  A  DATE  PRESCRIBED  BY  THE
 COMMISSIONER  UNTIL  SEPTEMBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-FOUR IF ALL OF
 THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS ARE MET:
   (A) THE SCHOOL SELECTS A NEW SCHOOL OR ATHLETIC TEAM  NAME,  LOGO,  OR
 MASCOT;

  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD02998-02-1

S1549B - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5443
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §319, Ed L

S1549B - Summary

Requires the commissioner of education to promulgate rules and regulations to ensure that no public school uses a native name, logo, or mascot; defines terms; permits the use of current materials and uniforms until September 1, 2024; provides an exemption for Native American tribes (view more) makes related provisions.

S1549B - Sponsor Memo

S1549B - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  1549--B
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             January 13, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  BIAGGI -- 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,  bill amended, ordered
   reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

 AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to native  names,  logos,
   or mascots
 
   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 319 to
 read as follows:
   § 319. NATIVE MASCOTS, NAMES OR LOGOS. 1. AS  USED  IN  THIS  SECTION,
 "NATIVE  NAME,  LOGO, OR MASCOT" SHALL MEAN ANY PERSON, ANIMAL OR OBJECT
 USED TO REPRESENT A SCHOOL DISTRICT WHICH NAMES, REFERS TO,  REPRESENTS,
 OR  IS  ASSOCIATED  WITH  NATIVE  AMERICANS, INCLUDING ASPECTS OF NATIVE
 AMERICAN CULTURES AND SPECIFIC NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES.
   2. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE  AMERICAN  PSYCHO-
 LOGICAL ASSOCIATION, THE AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, THE NATIONAL
 COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, THE NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AMERICAN INDI-
 ANS,  AND  THE ONEIDA NATION, PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS TO ENSURE
 THAT NO PUBLIC SCHOOL USES A NATIVE NAME, LOGO, OR MASCOT.
   3. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS SECTION, A PUBLIC SCHOOL MAY CONTINUE  TO  USE
 UNIFORMS OR OTHER MATERIALS BEARING THEIR PROHIBITED ATHLETIC TEAM NAME,
 LOGO,  OR  MASCOT  THAT  WERE  PURCHASED BEFORE A DATE PRESCRIBED BY THE
 COMMISSIONER UNTIL SEPTEMBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-FOUR IF  ALL  OF
 THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS ARE MET:
   (A)  THE  SCHOOL  SELECTS A NEW SCHOOL OR ATHLETIC TEAM NAME, LOGO, OR
 MASCOT;
   (B) THE SCHOOL REFRAINS FROM PURCHASING OR ACQUIRING, FOR THE  PURPOSE
 OF  DISTRIBUTION OR SALE TO PUPILS OR SCHOOL EMPLOYEES, ANY UNIFORM THAT
 INCLUDES OR BEARS THEIR PROHIBITED TEAM NAME, LOGO, OR MASCOT;
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

S1549C (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5443
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §319, Ed L

S1549C (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires the commissioner of education to promulgate rules and regulations to ensure that no public school uses a native name, logo, or mascot; defines terms; permits the use of current materials and uniforms until September 1, 2024; provides an exemption for Native American tribes (view more) makes related provisions.

S1549C (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1549C (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  1549--C
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             January 13, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  BIAGGI -- 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,  bill amended, ordered
   reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  committee  --  committee
   discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
   to said committee
 
 AN  ACT  to amend the education law, in relation to native names, logos,
   or mascots
 
   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 319 to
 read as follows:
   §  319.  NATIVE  MASCOTS,  NAMES OR LOGOS. 1. AS USED IN THIS SECTION,
 "NATIVE NAME, LOGO, OR MASCOT" SHALL MEAN ANY PERSON, ANIMAL  OR  OBJECT
 USED  TO REPRESENT A SCHOOL DISTRICT WHICH NAMES, REFERS TO, REPRESENTS,
 OR IS ASSOCIATED WITH NATIVE  AMERICANS,  INCLUDING  ASPECTS  OF  NATIVE
 AMERICAN CULTURES AND SPECIFIC NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES.
   2.  THE  COMMISSIONER SHALL, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE AMERICAN PSYCHO-
 LOGICAL ASSOCIATION, THE AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, THE NATIONAL
 COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, THE NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AMERICAN INDI-
 ANS, AND FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES,  PROMULGATE  RULES
 AND  REGULATIONS  TO  ENSURE  THAT  NO PUBLIC SCHOOL USES A NATIVE NAME,
 LOGO, OR MASCOT.
   3. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS SECTION, A PUBLIC SCHOOL MAY CONTINUE  TO  USE
 UNIFORMS OR OTHER MATERIALS BEARING THEIR PROHIBITED ATHLETIC TEAM NAME,
 LOGO,  OR  MASCOT  THAT  WERE  PURCHASED BEFORE A DATE PRESCRIBED BY THE
 COMMISSIONER UNTIL SEPTEMBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-FOUR IF  ALL  OF
 THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS ARE MET:
   (A)  THE  SCHOOL  SELECTS A NEW SCHOOL OR ATHLETIC TEAM NAME, LOGO, OR
 MASCOT;
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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