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A08674 Summary:

BILL NOA08674
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORBrabenec
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add 99-y & 209-hh, Gen Muni L; add 1527-b, Ed L
 
Permits municipal corporations, fire districts, volunteer fire companies, police departments and school districts to sell and display symbols of hope in support of law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, the military, border patrol, firefighters, conservation officers and others.
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A08674 Actions:

BILL NOA08674
 
01/10/2022referred to local governments
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A08674 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A8674
 
SPONSOR: Brabenec
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law and the education law, in relation to symbols of hope   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To ensure that municipalities, fire districts, volunteer fire companies, police departments, and school districts are able to display "symbols of hope" including a thin blue line in support of law enforcement, a thin red line in support of the fire service, a thin gray line in support of corrections officers, a thin white line in support of EMS professionals, a thin purple line in support of security professionals, a thin yellow line in support of dispatchers, and a thin green line in support of military and conservation.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 adds a new section 99-x to the general municipal law to permit municipal corporations to sell or display symbols of hope or any similar image, or tangible personal property, inscribed with such image. Section 1 further describes what a "symbol of hope" is defined as. Section 2 adds a new section 209-gg to the general municipal law to permit a fire district, volunteer fire company, or police department to sell or display any symbols of hope or any similar image, or tangible personal property, inscribed with such image. Section 2 further describes what a "symbol of hope" is defined as. Section 3 adds a new section 1527-a to the education law to permit a school district to sell or display any symbols of hope or any similar image, or tangible personal property, inscribed with such image. Section 3 further describes what a "symbol of hope" is defined as. Section 4 sets forth an immediate effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Over the past several years, certain symbols, which are typically affixed to a flag, have been established to show support for first responders and associated personnel. The "thin blue line" has tradi- tionally been associated with supporting law enforcement personnel and a "thin red line" has traditionally been associated with supporting the fire service. A number of other color-associated lines have been estab- lished to associate with supporting corrections officers, EMS profes- sionals, security professionals, the military, dispatchers, and conser- vation officers. The supporters of those individuals, and the groups themselves, should be able to freely show their support by displaying these symbols of hope.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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A08674 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          8674
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 10, 2022
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. BRABENEC -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Local Governments
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  general municipal law and the education law, in
          relation to symbols of hope
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  The  general  municipal  law  is  amended by adding a new
     2  section 99-y to read as follows:
     3    § 99-y. Symbols of hope.  A municipal corporation shall  be  permitted
     4  to  sell  or  display  symbols of hope or any similar image, or tangible
     5  personal property, inscribed with such an image.  For purposes  of  this
     6  section,  the  term  "symbols of hope" shall include, but not be limited
     7  to, a thin blue line in support of law enforcement, a thin red  line  in
     8  support  of the fire service, a thin gray line in support of corrections
     9  officers, a thin white line in  support  of  emergency  medical  profes-
    10  sionals, a thin purple line in support of security professionals, a thin
    11  yellow  line in support of dispatchers, and a thin green line in support
    12  of military, border patrol and conservation officers.
    13    § 2. The general municipal law is amended  by  adding  a  new  section
    14  209-hh to read as follows:
    15    §  209-hh.  Symbols of hope.  A fire district, volunteer fire company,
    16  or police department shall be permitted to sell or display  any  symbols
    17  of  hope  or any similar image, or tangible personal property, inscribed
    18  with such an image.  For purposes of this section, the term "symbols  of
    19  hope"  shall include, but not be limited to, a thin blue line in support
    20  of law enforcement, a thin red line in support of the  fire  service,  a
    21  thin  gray line in support of corrections officers, a thin white line in
    22  support of emergency  medical  professionals,  a  thin  purple  line  in
    23  support  of  security  professionals,  a  thin yellow line in support of
    24  dispatchers, and a thin green line in support of military, border patrol
    25  and conservation officers.
    26    § 3. The education law is amended by adding a new  section  1527-b  to
    27  read as follows:
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD11405-03-2

        A. 8674                             2
 
     1    §  1527-b.  Symbols of hope.   A school district shall be permitted to
     2  sell or display any symbols of hope or any similar  image,  or  tangible
     3  personal  property,  inscribed with such an image.  For purposes of this
     4  section, the term "symbols of hope" shall include, but  not  be  limited
     5  to,  a  thin blue line in support of law enforcement, a thin red line in
     6  support of the fire service, a thin gray line in support of  corrections
     7  officers,  a  thin  white  line  in support of emergency medical profes-
     8  sionals, a thin purple line in support of security professionals, a thin
     9  yellow line in support of dispatchers, and a thin green line in  support
    10  of military, border patrol and conservation officers.
    11    § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
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