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Bill S1683-2011

Allows hunters to use a rifle during open season for deer in the county of Cortland

Allows hunters to use a rifle during open season for deer in the county of Cortland.

Details

Actions

  • May 23, 2011: VOTE RECONSIDERED - RESTORED TO THIRD READING
  • May 23, 2011: returned to senate
  • May 23, 2011: RECALLED FROM ASSEMBLY
  • Feb 28, 2011: referred to environmental conservation
  • Feb 28, 2011: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Feb 28, 2011: PASSED SENATE
  • Feb 1, 2011: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jan 31, 2011: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jan 25, 2011: 1ST REPORT CAL.16
  • Jan 11, 2011: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

Meetings

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Environmental Conservation - Jan 25, 2011
Ayes (11): Grisanti, Johnson, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, O'Mara, Gallivan, Young, Avella, Oppenheimer, Stewart-Cousins
Ayes W/R (1): Perkins
Nays (2): Espaillat, Serrano

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S1683

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to allowing the use of rifles for hunting in Cortland county

PURPOSE: The purpose of the legislation is to allow the hunting of deer and bear with rifles in Cortland County.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill amends section 11-0907 of the environmental conservation law to add C0111and County to the list of counties in which the taking of deer by rifle is authorized.

EXISTING LAW: Current law allows the taking of deer in the southern tier, central, and western regions of the state by rifle in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chemung, Chenango, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Oswego, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Yates, and a portion of Broome County.

JUSTIFICATION: The legislation, which has been introduced at the request of Cortland County, would allow sportsmen and women to hunt deer and bear with rifles in the county. Big-game rifle hunting is currently permitted in many counties across New York State, including the neighboring counties of Chenango, Madison, and Tioga. The experiences in these counties have been overwhelmingly positive, with very few reported adverse incidents or problems. In fact, neighboring Madison County reported no incidents of accidents involving rifles reported during the first season (2008).

The decision to authorize the use of rifles for big-game hunting is based upon the increasing deer population and declining hunting population ,which has in turn resulted in increased crop damage and collision with automobiles. Given the rural nature of Cortland County and the safety record of hunters in the counties where rifle use has been permitted, it would be reasonable to now permit big-game hunters in Cortland County the same opportunities.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.7487 of 2010

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately, with provisions.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1683 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 Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to allowing the use of rifles for hunting in Cortland county THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Item (i) of paragraph a of subdivision 2 of section 11-0907 of the environmental conservation law, as amended by section 11 of chap- ter 483 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: (i) The counties of Deer, the first Monday Pistol, shotgun, Allegany, after November 15 crossbow, Cattaraugus, Chemung, through first Tuesday muzzle loading Chenango, CORTLAND, after December 7 firearm, rifle or Herkimer, Madison, long bow only Montgomery, Oneida, Oswego, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Yates and that portion of the county of Broome east of the Susquehanna river S 2. Item (i) of paragraph a of subdivision 2 of section 11-0907 of the environmental conservation law, as amended by section 12 of chapter 483 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: (i) The counties of Deer and bear, the Pistol, shotgun, Allegany, first Monday after crossbow, Cattaraugus, November 15 through muzzle loading Chenango, CORTLAND, first Tuesday after firearm, rifle or Herkimer, Montgomery, December 7 long bow only
Oneida, Oswego, Otsego, Schoharie and Tioga and that portion of the county of Broome east of the Susquehanna river S 3. Item (i) of paragraph a of subdivision 2 of section 11-0907 of the environmental conservation law, as added by section 2 of chapter 600 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows: (i) The counties of Deer and bear, the Pistol, shotgun, Allegany, first Monday after muzzle loading Cattaraugus, Chenango, November 15 through firearm, rifle or CORTLAND, Herkimer, first Tuesday after long bow only Montgomery, Oneida, December 7 Oswego, Otsego, Schoharie and Tioga and that portion of the county of Broome east of the Susquehanna river S 4. This act shall take effect immediately, provided that the amend- ments to item (i) of paragraph a of subdivision 2 of section 11-0907 of the environmental conservation law made by section one of this act shall be subject to the expiration and reversion of such paragraph pursuant to section 13 of chapter 600 of the laws of 1993, as amended, when upon such date the provisions of section two of this act shall take effect; provided further that the amendments to item (i) of paragraph a of subdivision 2 of section 11-0907 of the environmental conservation law made by section two of this act shall be subject to the expiration and reversion of such paragraph pursuant to section 17 of chapter 483 of the laws of 2010, as amended, when upon such date the provisions of section three of this act shall take effect.

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