STATE OF NEW YORK
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
February 4, 2011
Introduced by M. of A. RAIA, McKEVITT -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.
BURLING -- read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental
AN ACT to amend the state law, in relation to designating the official
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The state law is amended by adding a new section 89 to read
2 as follows:
3 § 89. State book. Each year prior to May first, every school district
4 in the state shall submit to the commissioner of education its choice
5 for the state book for a period of one year, such selection being made
6 according to standards determined by the commissioner. From such
7 submissions the commissioner shall select one book to be designated the
8 New York state book for a period of one year commencing June first. The
9 school district submitting the book so designated as the state book
10 shall receive such salutations and commendations as the commissioner
11 shall determine.
12 On or before June first of each year the commissioner of education is
13 directed to forward his or her selection of the state book for the ensu-
14 ing year to the governor, temporary president and minority leader of the
15 senate, speaker and minority leader of the assembly and the members of
16 the delegation to the legislature comprising the districts of which the
17 prevailing school district is a part. Notwithstanding any other
18 provision of this section, during the first year following the effective
19 date of this section, the book "Robert's Tall Friend" authored by Virgi-
20 nia Harris shall be designated the state book.
21 § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed-
22 ing the date on which it shall have become a law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.