Prohibits the expenditure of state, local and public authority moneys relating to any civilian criminal trial of enemy combatants for acts of terrorism in any federal court in the state of New York.
Ayes (20): DeFrancisco, Bonacic, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Lanza, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Savino, Seward, Diaz
Ayes W/R (1): Kennedy
Nays (11): Krueger, Dilan, Rivera, Gianaris, Breslin, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Stavisky, Squadron, Espaillat
Absent (1): Sampson
Excused (3): Larkin, Young, Montgomery
Ayes (40): Addabbo, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Kennedy, Klein, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Savino, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (20): Adams, Avella, Breslin, Dilan, Espaillat, Gianaris, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Krueger, Montgomery, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Rivera, Sanders, Serrano, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk
Absent (1): Sampson
Excused (2): Diaz, Ritchie
TITLE OF BILL: An act to prohibit the expenditure of state and local funds relating to any trial of enemy combatants at any federal court in the state of New York
PURPOSE: This bill would prohibit the expenditure of state, local or public authority moneys relating to federal terrorism trials in the state of New York.
SUMMARY OF PROVISION:
Section one provides that the State, any political subdivisions or public authorities shall not spend any funds relating to civilian criminal trials of enemy combatants for acts of terrorism in any federal court located in New York State.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill would prohibit the New York State, including the City of New York from paying expenses incurred for the Obama Administration's decision to conduct any enemy combatant, terrorist trials in federal civilian court.
The ill-conceived plan by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to try the 9/11 terrorist suspects in New York City civil court rather than a military tribunal sends a dangerous message to our enemies that want to destroy our American way of life. The United States should be sending a message to the world that we are serious with dealing with foreign attackers by trying them in a military tribunal.
Conducting a civilian trial for terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attack in New York City will unnecessarily place New Yorkers at risk and also place a huge economic burden on the State and City taxpayers. Not only will increased security cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, it will negatively impact businesses and their employees. Mayor Bloomberg estimates that a trial in New York City will cost taxpayers almost $1 billion. Such trials will also disrupt City residents' daily lives and potentially put their lives at risk for another terrorist attack.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.3871 - Passed Senate / A.6975 - Referred to Ways and Means 2011: S.3871 - Passed Senate / A.6975 - Referred to Ways and Means
FISCAL IMPLICATION: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2142 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 11, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to prohibit the expenditure of state and local funds relating to any trial of enemy combatants at any federal court in the state of New York THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, no moneys of the state, any political subdivision thereof or public author- ity shall be expended relating to any civilian criminal trial of enemy combatants for acts of terrorism in any federal court in the state of New York, nor shall any such moneys be expended relating to the custody and safety of such enemy combatants. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00806-01-3