Relates to the display of certain flags upon the capitol building.
Ayes (61): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): Griffo, Peralta
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.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2657 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE 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.