Cuomo signs new NY law banning the sale of Confederate flags on state property

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law banning the sale of Confederate flags on state property.

Cuomo said in his bill-signing memo on Tuesday “This country faces a pervasive, growing attitude of intolerance and hate — what I have referred to in the body politic as an American cancer.”

He added “by limiting the display and sale of the Confederate flag, Nazi swastika and other symbols of hatred from being displayed or sold on state property, including the state fairgrounds, this bill will help safeguard New Yorkers from the fear-instilling effects of these abhorrent symbols.”

This is the formal legal language in the bill:

146. PROHIBIT SYMBOLS OF HATE.

1. THE STATE OF NEW YORK SHALL NOT SELL OR DISPLAY ANY SYMBOLS OF HATE OR ANY SIMILAR IMAGE, OR TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY, INSCRIBED WITH SUCH AN IMAGE UNLESS THE IMAGE APPEARS IN A BOOK, DIGITAL MEDIUM, MUSEUM, OR OTHERWISE SERVES AN EDUCATIONAL OR HISTORICAL PURPOSE.

2. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE TERM “SYMBOLS OF HATE” SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, SYMBOLS OF WHITE SUPREMACY, NEO-NAZI IDEOLOGY OR THE BATTLE FLAG OF THE CONFEDERACY.

TAKE ANY MEASURES NECESSARY TO PROHIBIT THE SALE, ON THE GROUNDS OF THE STATE FAIR AND ANY OTHER FAIRS THAT RECEIVE GOVERNMENT FUNDING, OF SYMBOLS OF HATE, AS DEFINED IN SECTION ONE HUNDRED FORTY-SIX OF THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS LAW, OR ANY SIMILAR IMAGE, OR TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY, INSCRIBED WITH SUCH AN IMAGE, UNLESS THE IMAGE APPEARS IN A BOOK, DIGITAL MEDIUM, OR OTHERWISE SERVES AN EDUCATIONAL OR HISTORICAL PURPOSE.

Exceptions are made for in images used in books, digital mediums,  museum services or materials used for “educational or historical purpose.”

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