Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill to limit protests at military funerals.
Sponsored in the State Senate by Lee Zeldin, R-C-I-Shirley, and Joseph Griffo, R-C-Rome, the legislation requires the development and implementation of a permit process for demonstrations at veteran and veteran family member funerals. The bill also authorizes the imposition of fines for failure to comply with the permit provisions.
“Gov. Cuomo's signature on this legislation protects our future Gold Star families by ensuring dignity, respect and honor for our fallen military veterans,” said Zeldin. “We are balancing the free speech rights of those who protest military funerals with the need to protect our Gold Star families and allow them to peacefully mourn the loss of their military hero and loved one.”