Requires all text-books to reference the Sea of Japan as also the East Sea.
BILL NUMBER:S6570 REVISED 2/12/14
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring all text-books to reference the Sea of Japan as also the East Sea
PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to recognize the growing international use of multiple names for the body of water between Japan and Korea, by using two accepted names in school textbooks.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 adds new section 706 to the Education Law. It requires that all new textbooks approved for use in the state that refer to the Sea of Japan indicate that it is also known as the "East Sea."
JUSTIFICATION: The names "East Sea" and "Sea of Japan" have disputed origins. The National Geographic Society has included both names on its maps since 1999. This bill would align New York's textbooks with a growing, international movement to recognize both names as acceptable.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE:This act shall take effect immediately and apply to any textbooks issued on and after July 1, 2014
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6570 IN SENATE February 7, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. STAVISKY -- 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 requiring all text- books to reference the Sea of Japan as also the East Sea 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 706 to read as follows: S 706. REFERENCE TO SEA OF JAPAN. ANY TEXT-BOOK APPROVED AND ISSUED PURSUANT TO SECTION SEVEN HUNDRED ONE OF THIS ARTICLE WHICH REFERS TO THE SEA OF JAPAN SHALL NOTE THAT IT IS ALSO REFERRED TO AS THE EAST SEA. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to any text-books issued on and after July 1, 2014.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13989-02-4