State Assembly passes bill to prohibit selling or displaying symbols of hate on municipal property

Last September, a Confederate flag was displayed on a Brookhaven Fire Department truck during a parade in Patchogue. That sparked state lawmakers to jump into action.

News 12 Staff

Jun 12, 2021, 12:16 AM

Updated 1,045 days ago

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The state Assembly followed in the Senate's footsteps in passing a bill that would prohibit selling or displaying symbols of hate on municipal property.
Last September, a Confederate flag was displayed on a Brookhaven Fire Department truck during a parade in Patchogue. That sparked state lawmakers to jump into action.
"We see that bigotry and hatred is pervasive in our society," says Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages. "Whether it's our Asian brothers and sisters, our Jewish brothers and sisters and you know we see instances of white supremacy. It's important that we stand up against this."
The FBI says it's investigating the highest number of hate crimes in five years.
Deborah Barnes, of Brentwood, says the legislation is a good start but says, "I think they should do more, much more."
According to the bill, the only times the symbols may be displayed are for educational or historical purposes.


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