NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A5901
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general business law, in relation
to billboards advertising alcoholic beverages
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Prohibits the erection or maintenance of billboards advertising alcohol-
ic beverages within 1,000 feet of schools or playgrounds.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1: amends the general business law by adding a new section 397-b
to restrict billboard advertisements of alcoholic beverages from being
within 1,000 feet of any school or any playground adjacent to a school.
Increasingly our school's curriculum is focusing our children's atten-
tion on the effects of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. We must be support-
ive of our school's efforts in teaching our children to abstain from
controlled or illegal substances. The Drug Free School Zone must be
expanded to restrict billboard advertisements of controlled substances
to a minimum of 1,000 feet within a school or an adjacent playground. If
we allow these billboard advertisements to be in such close proximity to
our school, we are being inconsistent in our message.
As a result, of the tobacco settlement, advertisement of tobacco
products is prohibited near schools. However, there is still a need to
restrict the advertisement of alcoholic beverages near a school.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.6269 (2014) - Referred to Consumer Protection
S.2727 (2013) - Referred to Consumer Protection
S.3637 (2012) - Referred to Consumer Protection
S.2958 (2009) - Reported and Committed to Finance
This act shall take effect 1 year after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
March 6, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. BARRON -- read once and referred to the Committee
on Consumer Affairs and Protection
AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to billboards
advertising alcoholic beverages
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new
2 section 397-b to read as follows:
3 § 397-b. Billboards advertising alcoholic beverages. No billboard
4 advertising any alcoholic beverage shall be erected or maintained within
5 one thousand feet of (1) any public or private elementary or secondary
6 school or (2) any playground adjacent to or within one thousand feet of
7 any private or public elementary or secondary school. For purposes of
8 this section, the term "billboard" shall include any billboard, sign,
9 notice, poster, display or other stationary device intended to attract
10 or which does attract the attention of operators of motor vehicles or
12 § 2. This act shall take effect one year after the date on which it
13 shall have become a law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.