BILL NO A08604
SAME AS S03654
Add Art 42 SS42.01 - 42.05, Pks & Rec L
Relates to establishing the Women's rights history trail; includes in such
trail a series of properties and sites linked by geographic proximity and
association with women's rights for the purpose of promoting education and
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A8604
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the parks, recreation and historic
preservation law, in relation to creating the "Women's rights history
To promote education and awareness of the struggle for women's rights
throughout history by creating a "Women's Rights History Trail" and to
promote travel and tourism throughout the state.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one amends the economic development law by adding a new article
42 which creates a "Women's Rights History Trail Program." The legisla-
tive intent is provided. The terms "Women's Rights History Trail" and
'Women's Rights History Passport" are both defined. The general func-
tions, powers and duties of the commissioner of economic development are
outlined. Duties include: the creation and implementation of the trail;
dissemination of educational material; development of vacation itiner-
aries based on the trail; and the development of discount packages. The
commissioner shall work in conjunction with the commissioner of parks,
recreation and historical preservation, as well as any local government
official or entity to identify properties and sites to be included along
the trail. The commissioner of the department of transportation shall
cooperate with the creation of the trail and is authorized to permit the
installation and maintenance of sign age relating to the trail on the
state highways. Official names of such highways, however, shall not be
Section two provides the effective date.
The women's rights movement is one of the three great protest traditions
in the history of the United States. New York women were instrumental in
the creation of the women's rights movement which led to securing the
passage of the nineteenth amendment to the Constitution which gave women
the right to vote. The women's movement expanded and played a critical
role in both shaping policies and creating legal reform in areas of
education and economic and social welfare. Several rights that we now
take for granted such as the right of women to attend college, own prop-
erty, keep their own earnings, and have custody of their children were
gained through the women's movement. In recognition of the contribution
of the great women and men who fought for equality, this legislation
creates a "Women's Rights History Trail" to educate people about this
chapter in our nation's history. All throughout our state, there are
historical landmarks such as the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester,
Elizabeth Stanton House in Seneca Falls, Carrie Chapman Catt's home in
New Rochelle, Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged in Auburn, and the
gravesites of both Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Carrie Chapman Catt in the
Bronx. The "Women's Rights History Trail" will promote tourism through-
out the state and create revenue as people travel to the various sites
along the trail.
2013-14: S.3506 - Referred to Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and
2011-12: S.5035/A.331 - Referred to Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and
2009-10: A.1146 - Referred to Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and
2007-08: S.7034/A.9952A - Vetoed by Governor
To be determined. However, the "Women's Rights History Trail" will
create revenue for the state by attracting tourists to the sites along
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
December 2, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. RICHARDSON -- read once and referred to the
Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development
AN ACT to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, in
relation to creating the "Women's rights history trail" program
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The parks, recreation and historic preservation law is
2 amended by adding a new article 42 to read as follows:
3 ARTICLE 42
4 WOMEN'S RIGHTS HISTORY TRAIL PROGRAM
5 Section 42.01 Legislative intent.
6 42.03 Definitions.
7 42.05 General functions, powers and duties of the commissioner.
8 § 42.01 Legislative intent. The legislature recognizes that the
9 women's rights movement is one of the three great protest traditions in
10 United States history, sharing that status with the struggle for racial
11 equality and the labor movements.
12 The legislature further recognizes that the women's rights movement
13 has a strong tradition in the state. In the nineteenth century the
14 state was at the cutting edge of the women's rights movement. On July
15 19, 1848, a group of activists including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucre-
16 tia Mott and Mary Ann M'Clintock, convened the first Women's Rights
17 Convention at Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls. During the convention, 68
18 women and 32 men signed the Declaration of Sentiments calling for a
19 broad array of rights for women, including suffrage. In 1868, Susan B.
20 Anthony helped to found the American Equal Rights Association. In 1890,
21 under her leadership and the leadership of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the
22 National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) was formed. NAWSA
23 was instrumental in securing passage of the 19th amendment, which
24 amended the Constitution to give women the right to vote. The 19th
25 amendment was passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, and was ratified on
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 August 18, 1920. Susan B. Anthony also campaigned for the rights of
2 women to own property, to keep their own earnings, and to have custody
3 of their children. In 1900, she persuaded the University of Rochester to
4 admit women. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the women's
5 movement expanded to play a critical role in shaping policies on educa-
6 tion, legal reform, and economic and social welfare. The legislature
7 recognizes that there are many notable women in the state who fought for
8 women's suffrage. It is therefore the intent of this legislature to have
9 created a program that will systematically identify properties and sites
10 for inclusion into a women's rights history trail. By creating a
11 women's rights history trail, the state will encourage the education
12 about and awareness of the important role of women in the state in the
13 women's rights movement and their contribution to history as well as
14 attract visitors to the state and enhance the state's tourism trade.
15 Further it is the intent of the legislature to ensure that the women's
16 rights history trail is adequately signed so that travelers may follow
17 the trail independently and with ease.
18 § 42.03 Definitions. As used in this article the following definitions
19 shall apply:
20 1. "Women's rights history trail" shall mean a series of properties
21 and sites identified by the commissioner, which may be linked by
22 geographic proximity and alignment and thematic and historical associ-
23 ation with women's rights.
24 2. "Women's rights history passport" shall mean a booklet or other
25 publication that names and describes the properties and sites identified
26 by the commissioner and included on the women's rights history trail,
27 and may include discounts and other incentives related to visiting the
28 properties and sites on the women's rights history trail.
29 § 42.05 General functions, powers and duties of the commissioner. 1.
30 The commissioner shall develop and implement the "women's rights history
31 trail" program. Such program shall promote education and awareness of
32 the struggle for women's rights throughout history. The commissioner, in
33 conjunction with the commissioner of transportation, and any other prop-
34 erties or sites as identified by the commissioner and any local govern-
35 ment official or entity, shall identify properties and sites that are
36 historically and thematically associated with the struggle for women's
37 rights and women's suffrage to be part of the trail.
38 2. The women's rights history trail shall include, but shall not be
39 limited to, properties and sites which tell the story of the seventy-
40 two-year fight for women's suffrage. These properties and sites shall
41 include the Women's National Historical Park, the Susan B. Anthony
42 birthplace, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Houses in Washington county and
43 Seneca Falls, sites associated with Elizabeth Cady Stanton in Johnstown,
44 Woodlawn Cemetery, sites associated with Carrie Chapman Catt, the Gerrit
45 and Ann Smith House, the Matilda Joslyn Gage House, the Harriet May
46 Mills House, the Harriet Tubman Home, the Stone Store Museum, the Seward
47 House, sites associated with the Seneca Falls women's rights convention,
48 the First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls, the Ontario County Court-
49 house, the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse, the Susan B. Anthony
50 House in Rochester, the Susan B. Anthony childhood home in Washington
51 county, the Alice Austen Home in the borough of Staten Island, Barnard
52 College in the borough of Manhattan, the Michigan Street Baptist Church
53 in Buffalo, sites associated with Grandma Moses in Easton, and any other
54 properties or sites as identified by the commissioner. The commissioner
55 shall develop the women's rights history trail so that it is relatively
56 simple and easy to follow for patrons.
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1 3. The commissioner shall cause to produce and disseminate appropriate
2 educational materials regarding the trail route, such as handbooks,
3 maps, exhibits, signs, interpretive guides and electronic information.
4 4. The commissioner shall cause to be developed vacation itineraries
5 based on the women's rights history trail, which shall identify for
6 visitors surrounding attractions, restaurants, farms, lodging and other
7 exhibits or places of entertainment as may be a part of the historical
8 theme linking the properties and sites on the women's rights history
10 5. The commissioner shall work to develop discount packages for such
11 women's rights history trail, which may include the development of a
12 women's rights history trail passport. Nothing shall preclude the
13 commissioner from contracting with an independent vacation or travel
14 package company to help develop vacation packages along the women's
15 rights history trail.
16 6. The commissioner of transportation shall cooperate with the office
17 in carrying out the provisions of this section. The commissioner of
18 transportation is authorized to permit the installation and maintenance
19 of signs on the state highway system for trails designated pursuant to
20 this section. However, to avoid confusion and to limit any possible
21 disruption of commerce, the trail designation called for pursuant to
22 this section shall be of a ceremonial nature and the official names of
23 such highways shall not be changed as a result of such designations.
24 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.