BILL NO A04856
SAME AS S00288
COSPNSR Butler, Finch, Hawley, Raia, DiPietro, Palumbo, Palmesano
Amd S165, St Fin L; amd S403, Exec L
Enacts the "American made flag act of 2015" to require that American flags
purchased for use by the state government be made in the United States.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A4856
SPONSOR: Curran (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state finance law and the execu-
tive law, in relation to enacting the "American made flag act of 2015"
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To ensure that all American flags purchased for use by the State of New
York are manufactured in the United States of America.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one titles the bill the "American made flag act of 2014."
Section two amends section 165 of the state finance law to require that
all American flags purchased for display in State buildings are 100%
made in the United States of America.
Section three amends section 403 of the executive law to require that
all flags displayed at public buildings conform to the requirements of
section 165 of the state finance law.
Section four sets the enacting date.
The American Flag is one of the most universally recognized symbols
representing the United States and the principles and freedoms upon
which it was founded. It is estimated. that New York spends nearly $3.6
million dollars every year on United States flags produced in other
countries. This bill would ensure that all United States flags for sale
in New York State are made in the United States and that all United
States flags purchased by New York State are, likewise, made in the
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2014: Referred, amend (t), and recommit to governmental operations;
print number 9091b
To be determined.
This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it
shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
February 9, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. CURRAN, BUTLER, FINCH, HAWLEY, RAIA -- read once
and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations
AN ACT to amend the state finance law and the executive law, in relation
to enacting the "American made flag act of 2015"
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "American
2 made flag act of 2015".
3 § 2. Section 165 of the state finance law is amended by adding a new
4 subdivision 9 to read as follows:
5 9. Flags. Only flags, regardless of size, that are one hundred percent
6 manufactured in the United States, from articles, materials, or
7 supplies, one hundred percent of which are grown, produced or manufac-
8 tured in the United States, may be purchased for use by the state
9 government. For the purposes of this subdivision, the term "flag" shall
10 have the same meaning as provided in subdivision one of section four
11 hundred one of the executive law.
12 § 3. Section 403 of the executive law is amended by adding a new
13 subdivision 22 to read as follows:
14 22. All flags purchased and displayed at any public building shall be
15 made in the United States from American materials, as provided in subdi-
16 vision nine of section one hundred sixty-five of the state finance law.
17 § 4. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
18 it shall have become a law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.