Requires certain municipalities to display the prisoner of war and missing in action flag on certain days, when such flags have been provided to the municipalities by a local veterans' organization.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to requiring certain municipalities to display the prisoner of war and missing in action flag
PURPOSE: To require local governments to display the POW/MIA flag on certain days when the flag is provided to the municipality by a local veterans organization.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Subdivision 1 of Section 403-a of the Executive Law is amended to require municipalities (including New York City, but not the individual counties that comprise New York City) to display the POW/MIA flag at the building housing the local legislative body on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans Day when the municipality is provided a flag by a congressionally chartered veterans organization. Additionally, upon request of the municipality, any fasteners or attachments necessary for the flag to visible to the public.
JUSTIFICATION: In 1971, the POW/MIA flag was designed to honor members of the armed forces imprisoned or missing during the Vietnam War. Today, the POW/MIA flag has become known as symbol of respect for any United States service member imprisoned or unaccounted for throughout history. This bill will require municipalities to raise this important and emblematic flag on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans Day when a congressionally chartered veterans organization donates the flag to a county, city, town, or village. If the municipality requires any fasteners or attachments to raise the flag, they must be provided by the veterans organization as well. Allowing local veterans organizations, like the American Legion or the Veterans of Foreign Wars to provide municipalities a POW/MIA flag to display, increases the level of awareness and appreciation for the individuals who fought for our country while providing no additional financial burden to communities.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal; none to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7483 IN SENATE May 15, 2014 ___________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 executive law, in relation to requiring certain municipalities to display the prisoner of war and missing in action flag THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 403-a of the executive law, as amended by chapter 411 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows: 1. Every county outside the city of New York, city, town, and village is encouraged to display the prisoner of war and missing in action flag at the building housing its local legislative body on all days on which the flag of the United States of America is displayed. EVERY COUNTY OUTSIDE THE CITY OF NEW YORK, AND EVERY CITY, TOWN, AND VILLAGE SHALL FLY AN OFFICIAL NATIONAL LEAGUE OF FAMILIES POW/MIA FLAG, AS DESIGNATED BY SECTION 2 OF PUBLIC LAW 101-355 (36 U.S.C. 189) AT THE BUILDING HOUS- ING ITS LOCAL LEGISLATIVE BODY IF A CONGRESSIONALLY CHARTERED VETERANS ORGANIZATION INCLUDING ANY POST, CHAPTER, DETACHMENT UNIT, AUXILIARY UNIT OR SOCIETY OF SUCH VETERANS ORGANIZATION HAS PROVIDED THE COUNTY, CITY, TOWN, OR VILLAGE WITH SUCH FLAG AND, UPON SUCH MUNICIPALITY'S REQUEST, ANY NECESSARY ATTACHMENTS OR FASTENERS REQUIRED TO ENABLE THE FLAG TO BE VISIBLE TO THE PUBLIC, ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS: ARMED FORCES DAY, THE THIRD SATURDAY IN MAY; MEMORIAL DAY, THE LAST MONDAY IN MAY; FLAG DAY, JUNE 14; INDEPENDENCE DAY, JULY 4; NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNI- TION DAY, THE THIRD FRIDAY IN SEPTEMBER EXCEPT IF SUCH DATE OF COMMEM- ORATION CANNOT BE OBSERVED DUE TO A RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY, SUCH OBSERVANCES SHALL THEN BE CONDUCTED ON THE SECOND FRIDAY IN SEPTEMBER AND VETERANS DAY, NOVEMBER 11. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13067-06-4