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New York legislature passes bill to establish commission on slavery reparations

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The New York State Meeting and Senate passed laws Thursday to determine a state fee on reparations for slavery. If Governor Kathy Hochul indicators the invoice into legislation, New York will change into the second state with such a fee, following the creation of California’s Reparations Task Force in 2020.

The laws will set up a fee of 9 members. Three members will likely be appointed by the state’s governor, three by the speaker of the meeting, and three by the short-term president of the senate. The fee will meet inside 180 days of the laws’s enactment. A report recommending attainable cures and reparations will likely be ready inside one yr of the fee’s first assembly.

The laws’s textual content comprises an intensive historical past of racially motivated oppression within the State of New York, starting within the 1600s. The aim of the invoice is to look at the establishments of slavery and discrimination and to undo what it calls “a legacy of generational poverty.”

New York State Meeting Speaker Carl Heastie praised the laws was as “historic” and “an vital step in altering a protracted historical past of systemic racism and discrimination.”

California’s personal state reparations commission just lately submitted a virtually 500-page report in early June with suggestions. California’s suggestions embrace repeals of sure provisions of the state penal code prohibiting incarcerated individuals from voting and to serving on juries in addition to free tuition for qualifying African-American highschool graduates.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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