A08604 Summary:

BILL NOA08604
 
SAME ASSAME AS S03654
 
SPONSORRichardson
 
COSPNSROrtiz, Hooper, Lupinacci, Hyndman, Giglio, Otis, Galef, Barrett, Blake, Walker
 
MLTSPNSRAbbate, Cook
 
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 awareness.
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A08604 Actions:

BILL NOA08604
 
12/02/2015referred to tourism, parks, arts and sports development
01/06/2016referred to tourism, parks, arts and sports development
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A08604 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A8604
 
SPONSOR: Richardson
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, in relation to creating the "Women's rights history trail" program   PURPOSE: 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 changed. Section two provides the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: 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.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013-14: S.3506 - Referred to Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation 2011-12: S.5035/A.331 - Referred to Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation 2009-10: A.1146 - Referred to Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation 2007-08: S.7034/A.9952A - Vetoed by Governor   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined. However, the "Women's Rights History Trail" will create revenue for the state by attracting tourists to the sites along the trail.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A08604 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          8604
 
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    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.
                                                                   LBD08524-01-5

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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
     9  trail.
    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.
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