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New York Senate Bill S117A 10 August 2022

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The new state regulation, signed into law by Governor Hochul, requires museums to instal placards or other signage alongside works on view that were looted by the Nazis during the Second World War.

Details of the law including its full text are set out below, taken from the New York State Senate website at https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/S117

Senate Bill S117A 

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to notice by museums of art stolen during the Nazi era in Europe

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SPONSORED BY

Anna M. Kaplan

(D, IP, WF) 7TH SENATE DISTRICT

CURRENT BILL STATUS VIA A3719 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR 

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BILL AMENDMENTS

ORIGINAL 
A (ACTIVE) 

CO-SPONSORS

Alessandra Biaggi

(D, WF) 34TH SENATE DISTRICT

Simcha Felder 

(D) 17TH SENATE DISTRICT

Mike Martucci

(R, C) 42ND SENATE DISTRICT

S117A (ACTIVE) - DETAILS

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3719
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §233-aa, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S7808A9679

S117A (ACTIVE) - SUMMARY

Requires museums to post a notice with the display of any art stolen during the Nazi era in Europe. 

S117A (ACTIVE) - SPONSOR MEMO

 
BILL NUMBER: S117A

SPONSOR: KAPLAN
 
TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the education law, in relation to notice of art stolen
during the Nazi era in Europe

 
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To require museums with works of art stolen during the Nazi era in
Europe to display a placard or other signage acknowledging such informa-
tion

 
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Amends section 233-aa of the education law by requiring museums with
identifiable works of art that were stolen during Nazi era Europe to the
extent practicable prominently place a placard or other signage acknowl-
edging such information along with the display

 

JUSTIFICATION:

During World War II, the Nazis looted some 600,000 paintings from Jews.
The looting was not only designed to enrich the Third Reich but also
integral to the Holocaust's goal of eliminating all vestiges of Jewish
identity and culture. Many museums now display this stolen art with no
recognition of their provenance. New York state law already requires
that a copy of all notices required by this section pertaining to prop-
erty in the form of identifiable works of art known to have been created
before nineteen hundred forty-five and to have changed hands in Europe
during the Nazi era (1933-1945) shall be sent to The Art Loss Register.
Museums should be transparent with this information and display it along
with any stolen art piece.

 
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S. 7808/A. 9679; Referred to Senate Education Committee

 
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:

To be determined

 
EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately

S117A (ACTIVE) - BILL TEXTDOWNLOAD PDF

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  117--A
     Cal. No. 669
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                                (PREFILED)
 
                              January 6, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  KAPLAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Education  --  recommitted
   to the Committee on Education in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8
   --  reported  favorably  from said committee, ordered to first report,
   amended on first report,  ordered  to  a  second  report  and  ordered
   reprinted, retaining its place in the order of second report
 
 AN  ACT  to amend the education law, in relation to notice of art stolen
   during the Nazi era in Europe
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1. Section 233-aa of the education law is amended by adding a
 new subdivision 15 to read as follows:
   15. EVERY MUSEUM WHICH HAS ON DISPLAY ANY IDENTIFIABLE  WORKS  OF  ART
 KNOWN  TO HAVE BEEN CREATED BEFORE NINETEEN HUNDRED FORTY-FIVE AND WHICH
 CHANGED HANDS DUE TO THEFT, SEIZURE, CONFISCATION, FORCED SALE OR  OTHER
 INVOLUNTARY  MEANS IN EUROPE DURING THE NAZI ERA (NINETEEN HUNDRED THIR-
 TY-THREE--NINETEEN HUNDRED FORTY-FIVE) SHALL, TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE,
 PROMINENTLY PLACE A PLACARD OR OTHER SIGNAGE ACKNOWLEDGING SUCH INFORMA-
 TION ALONG WITH SUCH DISPLAY.
   § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD03330-03-2



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