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A05780 Summary:

BILL NOA05780
 
SAME ASSAME AS S05169
 
SPONSORSeawright
 
COSPNSRMcDonald, Alvarez, Sillitti, McMahon, Lunsford
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add §93, State L
 
Establishes the "Neurodiversity Flag" as the official state flag for raising awareness of neurodiversity.
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A05780 Actions:

BILL NOA05780
 
03/23/2023referred to governmental operations
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A05780 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A5780
 
SPONSOR: Seawright
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state law, in relation to establishing the state flag for raising awareness of neurodiversity   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Section 1 of this bill would designate the "Neurodiversity Flag" as the official state flag for the raising of awareness of neurodiversity and require that such flag shall be developed by the Autism Spectrum Disor- ders Advisory Board. Section 2 of this bill provides that the effective date shall take effect immediately. Enfranchisement for individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabil- ities (I/DD) and the expansion of civil liberties occurred in 1990 with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which enshrined the rights of the disabled into law. Millions of Americans with I/DD were finally able to live without fear of being denied access to a meaningful life, including work opportunities, education, or transportation, because of their iden- tity. The term neurodiversity was coined in the late 1990s to refer to the fact that individuals with I/DD have a different, but equally normal, way of perceiving the world. While the topic of neurodiversity has become more prevalent in the past thirty years, there is still much work to be done. Neurodivergent individuals still experience significant social isolation, bullying, harassment, and other forms of ostracization due to harmful stereotypes present in society. Establishing a State flag for raising awareness of neurodiversity would further the progress that has been made in the past three decades. By developing and designating an official Neurodiversity Flag, the State would be signaling its continued allyship for individuals with I/DD. This flag would act as a symbol for a critical movement and a beacon of steadfast support for neurodivergent individuals not only in the State, but in the rest of the United States and the world at large. Symbols have a powerful place in society and there is meaning imbued in each wave of color and flap of the wind. Flags symbolize movements, and this movement, the movement for equality of rights for those who are neurodiverse, deserves a symbol. There are people in the State who are neurodiverse; they are your family, friends, colleagues, and strangers on the street. Society has long treated individuals who are neurodiverse as second-class citizens. A flag can do much to change the attitude of those unfamiliar with the struggles of the neurodiverse and would foster great pride in the neurodiverse community. This bill would designate a State flag for neurodiversity to raise awareness to the issue of neuro- diversity.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A05780 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          5780
 
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     March 23, 2023
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  SEAWRIGHT  --  read once and referred to the
          Committee on Governmental Operations
 
        AN ACT to amend the state law, in relation  to  establishing  the  state
          flag for raising awareness of neurodiversity
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. The state law is amended by adding a new section 93 to read
     2  as follows:
     3    § 93. State flag for raising awareness of neurodiversity. The  "Neuro-
     4  diversity  Flag"  shall  be  the  official state flag for the raising of
     5  awareness of neurodiversity. Such flag shall be developed by the  autism
     6  spectrum  disorders  advisory  board  pursuant  to  section 13.42 of the
     7  mental hygiene law and reviewed and updated as necessary.
     8    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD07000-01-3
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