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Overview

New York has an anti-boycott executive order in effect and non-binding resolution that condemns boycotts for Palestinian rights, with a focus on academic boycotts. Since 2014, more than a dozen anti-boycott and/or antisemitism redefinition bills have been introduced in New York; none of which has become law. An executive order signed in June 2016 creates a blacklist of companies engaged in boycotts for Palestinian rights and prohibits state agencies from contracting with or investing in any company on the blacklist.

State Legislation

Legislation
S 5825
Status
Pending
Introduced
May 2019
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, Defunding
Full Text
Read S 5825 

This anti-boycott defunding bill directs the trustees of New York’s public colleges and universities from funding student groups that directly or indirectly promote or encourage boycotts of any allied nation or companies based in an allied nation, including Israel and the territories it occupies. The bill includes boycotts intended to penalize or “cast disrepute upon” an allied nation, its peoples, or businesses based there, but its funding prohibitions are limited to boycotts “based on race, class, gender, nationality, ethnic origin or religion,” which would exclude boycotts for Palestinian rights

Legislation
A 7340
Status
Pending
Introduced
April 2019
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, Defunding
Full Text
Read A 7340 

This anti-boycott defunding bill prohibits state institutions of higher education from using state aid to fund or provide funds for membership in or travel to meetings of academic entities that engage in boycotts of countries that host New York state colleges, a short list that includes Israel. Schools that violate the prohibition are not eligible to receive state funds during the academic year in which the violation occurred. The bill provides exceptions for boycotts of countries determined by the United States to be state sponsors of terrorism, boycotts connected with labor disputes, or boycotts protesting unlawful discriminatory practices as determined by New York law. Related bill: S 2715.

Legislation
S 5824
Status
Pending
Introduced
May 2019
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Contracts, State Investments
Full Text
Read S 5824 

This anti-boycott bill prohibits state investment in and state contracts with any person, including individuals, corporations, and nonprofits, that boycott allied nations, including Israel and the territories it occupies. The bill requires the state to create a blacklist of persons engaged in prohibited boycotts. The state comptroller and public retirement funds are prohibited from investing in blacklisted entities. State agencies may not enter into contracts with blacklisted companies. Contractors must provide written certification that they are not on the blacklist and have not engaged in prohibited boycotts.

Legislation
S 2430
Status
Pending
Introduced
January 2019
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Contracts, State Investments
Full Text
Read S 2430 

This anti-boycott bill prohibits state investment in and state contracts with entities that engage in boycotts of Israel or companies based in Israel or territories it occupies. The bill requires the state to create a [blacklist] of corporations, non-profits, and groups engaged in prohibited boycotts. State agencies may not enter into contracts with blacklisted entities, and contractors must provide written certification that they are not on the blacklist. The state comptroller and public retirement funds are prohibited from investing in entities engaged in prohibited boycotts. Related bill: A 5847.

Legislation
S 2715
Status
Pending
Introduced
January 2019
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, Defunding
Full Text
Read S 2715 

This anti-boycott defunding bill prohibits state institutions of higher education from using state aid to fund or provide funds for membership in or travel to meetings of academic entities that engage in boycotts of countries that host New York state colleges, a short list that includes Israel. Schools that violate the prohibition are not eligible to receive state funds during the academic year in which the violation occurred. The bill provides exceptions for boycotts of countries determined by the United States to be state sponsors of terrorism, boycotts connected with labor disputes, or boycotts protesting unlawful discriminatory practices as determined by New York law. Related bill: A 7340.

Legislation
A 5847
Status
Pending
Introduced
February 2019
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Contracts, State Investments
Full Text
Read A 5847 

This anti-boycott bill prohibits state investment in and state contracts with entities that engage in boycotts of Israel or companies based in Israel or territories it occupies. The bill requires the state to create a blacklist of corporations, non-profits, or groups engaged in prohibited boycotts. State agencies may not enter into contracts and contractors may not subcontract with blacklisted entities. Contractors must provide written certification that they are not on the blacklist. The state comptroller and public retirement funds are prohibited from investing in entities engaged in prohibited boycotts. Related bill: S 2430

Legislation
EO 157
Status
In Effect
In Effect Since
June 2016
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Investments
Full Text
Read EO 157 

This anti-boycott executive order creates a blacklist of institutions and companies that engage in political boycotts of Israel or persons doing business in Israel and prohibits state investment in blacklisted entities. Blacklisted entities can request removal from the list by providing written evidence that they are no longer engaged in prohibited boycotts. Governor Cuomo adopted the order following the failure of several legislative efforts targeting boycotts for Palestinian rights.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
A 9036
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
June 2016
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Contracts, State Investments
Full Text
Read A 9036 

This anti-boycott bill prohibits state investment in and state contracts with any person, including individuals, corporations, and nonprofits, that boycott allied nations, including Israel and the territories it occupies. The bill requires the state to create a blacklist of persons engaged in such boycotts and prohibits the state comptroller and public retirement funds from investing in blacklisted entities. State agencies may not enter into contracts with blacklisted companies, and contractors must provide written certification that they are not on the blacklist and have not engaged in prohibited boycotts. The bill permits contracts with blacklisted entities on a case-by-case basis, where the entity publicizes a plan to stop their boycott and promises not to engage in any new boycotts or where the services are necessary for the state agency to function. Related bill: A 6378.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
S 6438
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
June 2014
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, Defunding
Full Text
Read S 6438 

This anti-boycott defunding bill prohibits state colleges from using state aid to fund or provide funds for membership in or travel to meetings of academic entities that engage in boycotts of countries that host New York state colleges, a short list that includes Israel. Schools that violate the prohibition are not eligible to receive state funds during the academic year in which the violation occurred. The bill was introduced following resolutions by the Asian American Studies Association and American Studies Association endorsing the boycott of Israeli academic institutions complicit in Israel’s human rights violations. Related bill: A 8392A.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
A 8220A
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
June 2016
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Contracts, State Investments
Full Text
Read A 8220A 

This anti-boycott bill prohibits state investment in and state contracts with entities that engage in boycotts of Israel or companies based in Israel or territories it occupies. The bill requires the state to create a blacklist of corporations, nonprofits, and groups engaged in prohibited boycotts. State agencies may not enter into contracts and contractors may not subcontract with blacklisted entities. Contractors must provide written certification that they are not on the blacklist. The state comptroller and public retirement funds are prohibited from investing in entities engaged in prohibited boycotts. Related bill: S 6086.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
S 6086
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
June 2016
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Contracts, State Investments
Full Text
Read S 6086 

This anti-boycott bill prohibits state investment in and state contracts with entities that engage in boycotts of Israel or companies based in Israel or territories it occupies. The bill requires the state to create a blacklist of individuals, corporations, and nonprofits engaged in prohibited boycotts. State agencies may not enter into contracts and contractors may not subcontract with blacklisted entities. Contractors must provide written certification that they are not on the blacklist. The state comptroller and public retirement funds are prohibited from investing in entities engaged in prohibited boycotts. Related bill: A 8220A.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
S 6378
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
June 2016
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Contracts, State Investments
Full Text
Read S 6378 

This anti-boycott bill prohibits state investment in and state contracts with any person, including individuals, corporations, and nonprofits, that boycott allied nations, including Israel and the territories it occupies. The bill requires the state to create a blacklist of persons engaged in such boycotts and prohibits the state comptroller and public retirement funds from investing in blacklisted entities. State agencies may not enter into contracts with blacklisted companies, and contractors must provide written certification that they are not on the blacklist and have not engaged in prohibited boycotts. The bill permits contracts with blacklisted entities on a case-by-case basis, where the entity publicizes a plan to stop their boycott and promises not to engage in any new boycotts or where the services are necessary for the state agency to function. Related bill: A 9036.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
S 2493
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
June 2018
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, Defunding
Full Text
Read S 2493 

This anti-boycott defunding bill directs the trustees of New York’s public colleges and universities from funding student groups that directly or indirectly promote or encourage boycotts of any allied nation or companies based in an allied nation, including Israel and the territories it occupies. The bill includes boycotts intended to penalize or “cast disrepute upon” an allied nation, its peoples, or businesses based there, but its funding prohibitions are limited to boycotts “based on race, class, gender, nationality, ethnic origin or religion,” which would exclude boycotts for Palestinian rights.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
S 8017
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
June 2016
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, Defunding
Full Text
Read S 8017 

This anti-boycott defunding bill directs the trustees of New York’s public colleges and universities from funding student groups that directly or indirectly promote or encourage boycotts of any allied nation or companies based in an allied nation, including Israel and the territories it occupies. The bill includes boycotts intended to penalize or “cast disrepute upon” an allied nation, its peoples, or businesses based there, but its funding prohibitions are limited to boycotts “based on race, class, gender, nationality, ethnic origin or religion,” which would exclude boycotts for Palestinian rights.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
S 2492
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
June 2018
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Contracts, State Investments
Full Text
Read S 2492 

This anti-boycott bill prohibits state investment in and state contracts with any person, including individuals, corporations, and nonprofits, that boycott allied nations, including Israel and the territories it occupies. The bill requires the state to create a blacklist of persons engaged in such boycotts and prohibits the state comptroller and public retirement funds from investing in blacklisted entities. State agencies may not enter into contracts with blacklisted companies, and contractors must provide written certification that they are not on the blacklist and have not engaged in prohibited boycotts. The bill permits contracts with blacklisted entities on a case-by-case basis, where the entity publicizes a plan to stop their boycott and promises not to engage in any new boycotts or where the services are necessary for the state agency to function.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
A 3239
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
June 2018
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Contracts, State Investments
Full Text
Read A 3239 

This anti-boycott bill prohibits state investment in and state contracts with entities that engage in boycotts of Israel or companies based in Israel or territories it occupies. The bill requires the state to create a blacklist of corporations, non-profits, and groups engaged in prohibited boycotts. State agencies may not enter into contracts with blacklisted entities, and contractors must provide written certification that they are not on the blacklist. The state comptroller and public retirement funds are prohibited from investing in entities engaged in prohibited boycotts. 

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
S 4837
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
June 2018
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, Defunding
Full Text
Read S 4837 

This anti-boycott defunding bill prohibits state institutions of higher education from using state aid to fund or provide funds for membership in or travel to meetings of academic entities that engage in boycotts of countries that host New York state colleges, a short list that includes Israel. Schools that violate the prohibition are not eligible to receive state funds during the academic year in which the violation occurred. The bill provides exceptions for boycotts of countries determined by the United States to be state sponsors of terrorism, boycotts connected with labor disputes, or boycotts protesting unlawful discriminatory practices as determined by New York law. 

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
A 8392A
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
June 2014
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, Defunding
Full Text
Read A 8392A 

This anti-boycott defunding bill prohibits public and private higher education institutions that provide funding to any organization that boycotts a foreign academic institution from receiving state aid. The bill also prohibits state or local officers from being members of an organization that engages in such boycotts. The state is prohibited from contracting with institutions that violate these provisions. The bill withholds future state funds for a year to such universities and colleges. The bill was introduced following a boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the Asian American Studies Association and American Studies Association. Related bill: S 6428.

Resolutions

Legislation
K 705
Status
Passed
Date Passed
June 2015
Full Text
Read K 705 

This non-binding senate resolution rejects boycotts for Palestinian rights, specifically focusing on university campuses and academic boycotts. It affirms support for Israel and opposes “efforts to assault the legitimacy of Israel as the sovereign homeland of the Jewish people.”

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
J 3028
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
June 2016
Full Text
Read J 3028 

This non-binding resolution rejects boycotts for Palestinian rights, specifically focusing on university campuses and academic boycotts. It affirms support for Israel and opposes “efforts to assault the legitimacy of Israel as the sovereign homeland of the Jewish people.”

Local Legislation

Legislation
RES-2017-76
Locality
Westchester County
Status
Passed
Date Passed
June 2017
Full Text
Read RES-2017-76 

This non-binding resolution  from the Westchester County Board of Legislators condemns the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement and “loudly and forcefully rejects any movement that seeks to undermine Israel and malign the Jewish people.” In doing so, it falsely links boycotts for Palestinian rights with antisemitism.  

Legislation
Resolution 202 – 2017A
Locality
North Hempstead
Status
In Effect
In Effect Since
April 2017
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Contracts
Full Text
Read Resolution 202 – 2017A 

This Town Board anti-boycott measure prohibits North Hempstead from contracting with “an individual or company identified by the New York State Office of General Services or the Office of the New York State Comptroller as engaging in a boycott of Israel.” New York’s governor signed an anti-boycott executive order (EO 157) in 2016 that called for the creation of this blacklist of entities that engage in political boycotts of Israel following the failure of several legislative efforts targeting boycotts for Palestinian rights at the state level.

Legislation
Res 1058-2016
Locality
New York City
Status
Passed
Date Passed
September 2016
Full Text
Read Res 1058-2016 

This non-binding city council resolution condemns the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement and “all efforts that seek to delegitimize the State of Israel.” 

Legislation
RESOLUTION 195 OF 2017
Locality
Rockland County
Status
In Effect
In Effect Since
April 2017
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Contracts
Full Text
Read RESOLUTION 195 OF 2017 

This anti-boycott measure prohibits Rockland County from contracting with entities engaged in boycotts for Palestinian rights. It requires contractors to provide a written certification that they do not engage in BDS activities. Violations are subject to penalties, including debarment from future contracts for up to three years. Resolution 195 rescinds and replaces the identical Resolution 137.

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