Directs the comptroller to prohibit payment of any travel claim for travel to, from or within a state which allows businesses to assert a right of the free exercise of religion as a defense to a cause of action commenced by an individual, group of individuals or non-governmental entity for wrongful discrimination.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
January 8, 2021
Introduced by Sens. GIANARIS, HOYLMAN, PARKER, SALAZAR, SERRANO -- read
twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the
Committee on Finance
AN ACT to amend the state finance law, in relation to prohibiting the
payment of any claim for travel to, from and/or within certain states
that allow for profit businesses to assert a right of free exercise of
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Section 109 of the state finance law is amended by adding a
2 new subdivision 2-a to read as follows:
3 2-a. The comptroller shall not draw his or her warrant for the payment
4 of any claim or voucher submitted for any expense, including the payment
5 of any per diem allowance, incurred for any travel to, from and/or with-
6 in any state which, by law, authorizes for profit businesses to invoke
7 the free exercise of religion as a defense to a cause of action
8 commenced by an individual, group of individuals or non-governmental
9 entity for wrongful discrimination. The prohibition established in this
10 subdivision shall not apply to any travel which is necessary to enforce
11 any provisions of law of this state, to comply with any contractual
12 obligation of the state or to protect public safety.
13 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.