Bill Text: NY A06868 | 2017-2018 | General Assembly | Amended

Bill Title: Creates the people's history project within the department of parks, recreation and historic preservation to foster the recognition of heretofore overlooked personages, sites, and events of historical significance; provides for the establishment of a committee to pass on nominations made by the citizens of this state for the inclusion of personages, sites, and events in the project; provides for suitable commemorative markers, a map and website listings of such.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 4-0)

Status: (Passed) 2018-12-21 - signed chap.404 [A06868 Detail]

Download: New_York-2017-A06868-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     March 22, 2017
        Introduced  by M. of A. DICKENS, ORTIZ -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.
          SIMON -- read once and referred to the Committee  on  Tourism,  Parks,
          Arts  and  Sports Development -- recommitted to the Committee on Tour-
          ism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development in  accordance  with  Assembly
          Rule  3,  sec.  2  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
          reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
        AN ACT to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law,  in
          relation to providing for the people's history project
          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 section 19.07 to read as follows:
     3    §  19.07 People's history project. 1. The legislature hereby finds and
     4  declares that the history of New York state  is  replete  with  persons,
     5  sites, and events of both local and statewide importance that have here-
     6  tofore  been  overlooked by mainstream, established history. The state's
     7  historical sites and history as it is taught  in  school  and  popularly
     8  recorded  fail  to  take into consideration the multitude of peoples who
     9  have built this state, a state that has been significantly  impacted  by
    10  immigrant and ethnic populations of this country and home to the majori-
    11  ty  of  social and economic movements of the last four hundred years. It
    12  is time to recognize those from every background who have contributed to
    13  the history of this state, and give new cause for pride and  create  new
    14  role  models  for  all people. Recognizing such historical sites, events
    15  and persons will also contribute to tourism,  especially  special  niche
    16  tourism,  and consequently contribute to the economic development of the
    17  state, especially in areas  that  are  underdeveloped  economically  and
    18  disadvantaged.
    19    2.  The  commissioner  shall  establish  within  the office a people's
    20  history committee. The members of the committee shall  be  appointed  by
    21  the  commissioner  and  shall  be representative of academic and profes-
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  sional historians, members of local historical societies and other  such
     2  groups. Such members of the committee shall reflect the diversity of the
     3  residents  of  this  state  with  regard  to  race,  ethnicity,  gender,
     4  language,  and  geographic residence. The members of the committee shall
     5  serve without compensation, but shall be allowed their actual and neces-
     6  sary expenses.
     7    3. The commissioner shall establish a process whereby  the  people  of
     8  the  state may nominate persons, sites, and events of historical signif-
     9  icance each year for inclusion in the people's history project  who  may
    10  be  of  local, regional, statewide or national significance. The commit-
    11  tee, in consultation with local historians,  historical  societies,  and
    12  other  authorities, where appropriate, shall evaluate the merits of such
    13  nominees, and may select up to ten persons, sites or events per year for
    14  inclusion in the people's history project.  In  its  evaluation  of  the
    15  merits  of  nominees,  such commission shall consider, including but not
    16  limited to, the following factors: the historical impact of such person,
    17  site or event, how such impact changed history, and the effect that such
    18  person, site or event had on the state and whether such person, site, or
    19  event that has been overlooked.
    20    4. For nominees approved  by  the  committee,  suitable  commemorative
    21  markers  of selected sites may be erected at the appropriate location or
    22  locations as determined by the commissioner. The office shall maintain a
    23  website listing the persons, sites, and events selected by  the  commit-
    24  tee,  a  description  thereof,  a  map  showing the locations thereof if
    25  applicable, and any other relevant information.
    26    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
    27  it shall have become a law;  provided  that  effective  immediately  the
    28  commissioner  of  parks, recreation and historic preservation is author-
    29  ized to promulgate any and all rules and regulations and take any  other
    30  measures necessary to implement this act on its effective date.