Bill S1682-2011

Designates the quartz variety Herkimer Diamond as the official state mineral

Designates the quartz variety Herkimer Diamond as the official state mineral.

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Actions

  • Apr 30, 2012: referred to governmental operations
  • Apr 30, 2012: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Apr 30, 2012: PASSED SENATE
  • Apr 25, 2012: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Apr 19, 2012: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Apr 18, 2012: 1ST REPORT CAL.535
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • Jan 4, 2012: returned to senate
  • Jan 4, 2012: died in assembly
  • Jun 21, 2011: referred to governmental operations
  • Jun 21, 2011: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 21, 2011: PASSED SENATE
  • May 16, 2011: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • May 11, 2011: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • May 10, 2011: 1ST REPORT CAL.589
  • Jan 11, 2011: REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

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Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Investigations and Government Operations - May 10, 2011
Ayes (5): Marcellino, Alesi, Golden, Nozzolio, Diaz
Ayes W/R (3): Zeldin, Squadron, Peralta
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Investigations and Government Operations - Apr 18, 2012
Ayes (8): Marcellino, Alesi, Golden, Nozzolio, Zeldin, Squadron, Diaz, Peralta

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S1682

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the state law, in relation to designating the quartz variety Herkimer Diamond as the official state mineral

PURPOSE: The purpose of this legislation is to designate the Herkimer Diamond as the official mineral of New York State.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:; The legislation adds a new section 88 to the state law naming the quartz variety Herkimer Diamond as the official mineral of the state.

JUSTIFICATION: New York State has previously designated an official gemstone (garnet), fossil (sea scorpion), shell (bay scallop), bush (lilac), salt water fish (striped bass), and reptile (snapping turtle), to name a few. Currently, there is no official state mineral.

Doubly terminated quartz crystals from the Mohawk region are commonly referred to as Herkimer Diamonds due to their diamond shape. and are a unique find to this region of the United States. They are known around the world as some of the clearest quartz mineral specimens found to date. Having been formed over 400 million years ago, this mineral is a perfect representation of ancient durability, beautiful clarity, and most significantly, is unique to New York State.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.3050 of 2009-10

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1682 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 11, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern- ment Operations AN ACT to amend the state law, in relation to designating the quartz variety Herkimer Diamond as the official state mineral THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The state law is amended by adding a new section 89 to read as follows: S 89. STATE MINERAL. THE QUARTZ VARIETY HERKIMER DIAMOND SHALL BE THE OFFICIAL MINERAL OF THE STATE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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