Left unresolved is whether museums should include buildings as part of their collections. The bill directs the Board of Regents to study this question further and to submit its findings to the governor and other state officials. Among the questions to consider is whether money from the sale of artworks can be used to care for museum buildings.
Matthew Titone, a Democratic assemblyman who represents Staten Island and was a sponsor of the bill, said he believed a historic building -- Fort Wadsworth and the structures of Historic Richmond Town in his district, for instance -- should be able to benefit from art sales.
"Like any other historical artifact, it is an artifact," he said. "Just because it's big and you can move around in it doesn't make it any less important than a rifle from the Revolutionary War."