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A09428 Summary:

BILL NOA09428A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S08440-A
 
SPONSORKelles
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §22, Gen Con L
 
Requires the use of gender-neutral terms in law.
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A09428 Actions:

BILL NOA09428A
 
03/07/2022referred to governmental operations
05/13/2022amend and recommit to governmental operations
05/13/2022print number 9428a
05/24/2022reported referred to rules
05/31/2022reported
05/31/2022rules report cal.474
05/31/2022ordered to third reading rules cal.474
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A09428 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A9428A
 
SPONSOR: Kelles
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general construction law, in relation to requiring the use of gender-neutral terms in law   PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to require that gender-neutral terms be used in any law, local law, rule, regulation, ordinance or resolution.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 requires that gender-neutral terms be used in any law, local law, rule, regulation, ordinance or resolution, including but not limit- ed to "they," "them" and "theirs." If a law, local law, rule, regu- lation, ordinance or resolution is in reference to a specific person, the language referring to such person shall be gendered in accordance with the gender identity of such person. Section 2 provides the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Gender neutral language makes clear that one type of person is not favored or disfavored to participate in a particular activity, profes- sion, or other situation in which gendered terminology has historically been used. The laws of New York State are equally applicable to every- one, and the language used in our laws, local laws, rules, regulations should be gender neutral. This bill will ensure that gender neutral language is used going forward.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately
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A09428 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         9428--A
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      March 7, 2022
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. KELLES -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on  Governmental  Operations  --  committee  discharged, bill amended,
          ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
 
        AN ACT to amend the general construction law, in relation  to  requiring
          the use of gender-neutral terms in law
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Section 22 of the general construction  law,  as  added  by
     2  chapter 730 of the laws of 1981, is amended to read as follows:
     3    §  22.  Gender.  Whenever  words  of  the masculine or feminine gender
     4  appear in any law, rule or regulation, unless the sense of the  sentence
     5  indicates  otherwise,  they  shall  be  deemed to refer to [both male or
     6  female] persons of any gender. This construction shall apply  to  gender
     7  indicative  suffixes  or prefixes as well as to gender indicative words.
     8  Whenever the reference is to a corporation, board, body,  group,  organ-
     9  ization  or other entity comprising more than one person or to an assem-
    10  blage of persons or to  an  inanimate  object  the  reference  shall  be
    11  construed  to  be  neuter in gender.  Hereafter, in any law, rule, regu-
    12  lation, ordinance or resolution, gendered terms shall not  be  used  and
    13  gender-neutral  terms,  including  but not limited to "they", "them" and
    14  "theirs", shall be used in substitution therefor and with the same force
    15  and effect; provided, however, if such law, rule, regulation,  ordinance
    16  or  resolution is in reference to a specific person, the language refer-
    17  ring to such person shall be gendered  in  accordance  with  the  gender
    18  identity of such person.
    19    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD14329-02-2
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