senate Bill S4563

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to protections against anti-Semitism in the human rights law and the hate crimes statute

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Investigations And Government Operations Committee

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Jan 05, 2022 referred to investigations and government operations
Feb 05, 2021 referred to investigations and government operations


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S4563 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Investigations And Government Operations
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§292 & 297, Exec L; amd §485.05, Pen L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:

S4563 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides protections against anti-Semitism in the human rights law and the hate crimes statute.

S4563 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4563 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                             February 5, 2021
 Introduced  by  Sens.  GRIFFO, AKSHAR, HELMING, JORDAN -- read twice and
   ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
   Investigations and Government Operations
 AN  ACT  to  amend  the  executive law and the penal law, in relation to
   protections against anti-Semitism in the human rights law

   Section  1.  Legislative  findings and determinations. The legislature
 finds and determines that discrimination and attacks have been  unfairly
 and  wrongfully  levied and directed against the Jewish people and their
 faith for generations, from ancient times to the present. Such discrimi-
 nation and attacks, manifesting themselves through  acts  of  anti-Semi-
 tism, have proven to be among the most despicable acts of mankind, call-
 ing  witness  to  countless  acts  of  death, deprivation, injustice and
   The legislature further finds and determines that anti-Semitism  sadly
 remains  today,  still  a  persistent,  disturbing  problem  in  certain
 segments of society, political movements, on college  campuses,  and  by
 select disturbed and/or seriously misguided or hateful individuals.
   The  legislature  also finds and determines that acts of anti-Semitism
 have even very recently resulted in  homicidal  attacks  against  Jewish
 places  of worship in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and in the defacement and
 mutilation of publicly displayed photographs in New York City of a prom-
 inent and respected Jewish member of the United States Supreme Court.
   The legislature additionally finds and determines that both the feder-
 al Department of Justice, and the federal Department of Education,  have
 properly  concluded  that both state and federal law prohibits discrimi-
 nation against persons of the Jewish faith, as well as members of  other
 religious  groups,  when  such  discrimination is based on the actual or
 perceived religious faith, shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics, or
 when the discrimination is based on actual or perceived  citizenship  or
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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