Bill Text: NY A08083 | 2017-2018 | General Assembly | Amended

Bill Title: Directs the commissioner of agriculture and markets to develop guidelines for vegetation management plans to be used by persons or corporations that make claims that they provide pollinator protection.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 35-0)

Status: (Passed) 2018-12-07 - approval memo.9 [A08083 Detail]

Download: New_York-2017-A08083-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                      May 25, 2017
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. MAGEE, SEPULVEDA, SIMON, L. ROSENTHAL, ROZIC,
          Sponsored  by -- M.  of A. BUCHWALD, LUPARDO -- read once and referred
          to the Committee on Agriculture -- recommitted  to  the  Committee  on
          Agriculture  in  accordance  with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee
          discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
          to said committee
        AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation  to  guide-
          lines for pollinator protection
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 16 of the agriculture and markets law is amended by
     2  adding a new subdivision 49 to read as follows:
     3    49. Develop, in consultation  with  the  department  of  environmental
     4  conservation  and  institutions  of  higher  education with expertise in
     5  pollinator protection,  minimum  guidelines  for  vegetation  management
     6  plans used by any person, corporation, partnership, association or other
     7  organized group of persons who make public claims that their property or
     8  commercial enterprise on a property, including, but not limited to solar
     9  electric generating systems, is pollinator friendly or provides benefits
    10  and  protection  to  pollinators. Such guidelines shall provide guidance
    11  for short-term and long-term property management practices that  provide
    12  and maintain native perennial vegetation to protect the health and well-
    13  being of pollinators including, but not limited to the percentage of the
    14  property that may be covered with native perennial vegetation; the type,
    15  amount,  and  diversity of native perennial vegetation that may be main-
    16  tained on the property; the number of seasons and the minimum number  of
    17  species of native perennial vegetation that may be in bloom; maintenance
    18  practices  to  be used; the use of pesticides; the width and composition
    19  of buffers adjacent to the property; and  any  other  guidelines  estab-
    20  lished by the department. Nothing in this subdivision shall be deemed to
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  restrict  any farming practices by any person, corporation, partnership,
     2  association or other organized group of persons not making  such  public
     3  claims.
     4    §  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
     5  have become a law.