Relates to display of Missing In Attack On Our Nation flag commonly known as MIA-OON flag.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to display of the Missing In Attack On Our Nation flag on public buildings
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would encourage every county, city, town and village to display the Missing In Attack On Our Nation (MIA-00N) flag at the building housing its local legislative body and state police facility.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends the executive law by adding a new section 403-C to encourage every county, city, town, and village to display the MIA-00N flag at the building housing its local legislative body and state police facility for a period of thirty (30) days every year commencing each September 11.
The MIA-00N flag shall display a black silhouette of a mother holding her child's hand upon a field of yellow. Underneath the image shall be the phrase "You Will Always Be Remembered" in black lettering. The image of mother and child shall symbolize the vulnerability of innocents to terrorist attack, while the yellow shall symbolize that those taken by terrorist attacks will be returned to their loved ones.
Section 2 marks the effective date.
The purpose of the MIA-00N flag is to see that those victims of terror who died on September 11, 2001, are never forgotten. The flag is the inspiration of Ronald James Sorenson, who designed and is promoting this flag. The flag was presented to a number of other states, including Rhode Island and New Jersey. It is more than appropriate that the State of New York adopt a law to promote the use of this MIA-00N flag. New Yorkers were, after all, the principal victims of the September 11th attack and should be the first to remember them. A gesture like this can, of course, do nothing to bring back those victims to their grieving friends and families, but at the least it may help to ensure that they remain in our memories.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2012 - S.584 Referred to Rules - A.6210 Referred to Government Operations 2010 - S.3186 Referred to Finance - A.4041 Referred to Government Operations 2008: S.7139A Passed Senate - A.10174A Referred to Government Operations
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5963 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE October 23, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. LATIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to display of the Missing In Attack On Our Nation flag on public buildings THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 403-c to read as follows: S 403-C. DISPLAY OF MISSING IN ATTACK ON OUR NATION FLAG TO BE COMMON- LY KNOWN AS THE MIA-OON FLAG. 1. EVERY COUNTY, CITY, TOWN AND VILLAGE IS ENCOURAGED TO DISPLAY THE MIA-OON FLAG AT THE BUILDING HOUSING ITS LOCAL LEGISLATIVE BODY FOR A PERIOD OF THIRTY DAYS OR SUCH LONGER PERIOD AS THAT BODY DEEMS APPROPRIATE EVERY YEAR COMMENCING EACH SEPTEMBER ELEV- ENTH. 2. EVERY STATE POLICE FACILITY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE HEAD- QUARTERS, SUBSTATIONS AND TRAINING ACADEMY, IS ENCOURAGED TO DISPLAY THE MIA-OON FLAG FOR A PERIOD OF THIRTY DAYS OR SUCH LONGER PERIOD AS THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE STATE POLICE DEEMS APPROPRIATE EVERY YEAR COMMENC- ING EACH SEPTEMBER ELEVENTH. 3. THE MIA-OON FLAG SHALL DISPLAY A BLACK SILHOUETTE OF A MOTHER HOLD- ING HER CHILD'S HAND UPON A FIELD OF YELLOW. UNDERNEATH THE IMAGE SHALL BE THE PHRASE "YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED" IN BLACK LETTERING. THE IMAGE OF MOTHER AND CHILD SHALL SYMBOLIZE THE VULNERABILITY OF INNOCENTS TO TERRORIST ATTACK, WHILE THE YELLOW SHALL SYMBOLIZE THAT THOSE TAKEN BY TERRORIST ATTACKS WILL BE RETURNED TO THEIR LOVED ONES. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11360-01-3