N.Y. lawmakers spring to action over national anthem incident at 9/11 memorial
Albany -- Lawmakers are often accused of dawdling on difficult key issues, such as ethics reform or improving campaign finance laws.
But the experience of some North Carolina school kids who visited Manhattan just last month prompted the state Senate to spring into action.
The chamber on Tuesday voted 58-0-margin to approve a measure that would prevent cities from requiring a permit before a group could sing the national anthem or recite the Pledge of Allegiance on public land.
An April incident at the National September 11 Memorial Museum prompted the bill, sponsored by Sen. Simcha Felder of Brooklyn, a Democrat who caucuses with the Republicans.