Requires the commissioner of environmental conservation to promote education in hunting, fishing and outdoor education in high school physical education courses.
Ayes (52): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Kennedy, Klein, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Robach, Sampson, Savino, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stewart-Cousin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (11): Espaillat, Gipson, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Krueger, Marcellino, Rivera, Sanders, Serrano, Stavisky, Tkaczyk
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to hunting, fishing and outdoor education in high school physical education courses
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this legislation is to promote hunting, fishing and outdoor activities in an educational capacity.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Amends subdivision 1 of section 3-0301 of the Environmental Conservation Law by adding a new paragraph (aa) which authorizes the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation to work with the Board of Regents to develop an education program for grades nine through twelve regarding various hunting and fishing seasons, species that can be sought, necessary materials for obtaining hunting and fishing licenses, outdoor opportunities for recreation and exercise purposes, and the history and benefits of hunting and fishing in New York State's development.
Section 2: Effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Recent studies have pointed out that more and more children are becoming more and more obese due to their lack of activity and distorted eating habits. In order to change this situation and develop healthier children, it is essential that they become more aware of opportunities that exist for them.
To support this, it is essential that children become aware of the benefits that can he seen in hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. With the vast resources available throughout New York, children will be able to engage in various activities that lead to a healthier lifestyle.
Creating a healthier lifestyle is beneficial; however, it is not the only benefit that will be seen. One of the other significant benefits recognized is the creation of a link to the history and development of our state. Various regions of the state have significant cultural links to outdoor activities. Providing education in the classroom will teach children about these links and how the activities have created the culture.
In addition to creating a healthier lifestyle and providing insight into the cultural significance of an area and its activities, providing education in the classroom will also lead to place hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation in a positive light.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.4933 of 2012: Passed Senate, Died in Assembly Environmental Conservation S.4933 of 2011: Died on Senate Floor Calendar, Died in Assembly Environmental Conservation A.3014 of 2010: Died in Assembly Environmental Conservation A.3014 of 2009: Died in Assembly Environmental Conservation A.3876 of 2008: Died in Assembly Environmental Conservation A.3876 of 2007: Died in Assembly Environmental Conservation A.11017 of 2006: Died in Assembly Environmental Conservation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it became law; provided, however that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1884 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. BONACIC, GALLIVAN, GRISANTI -- 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 hunt- ing, fishing and outdoor education in high school physical education courses THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 3-0301 of the environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new paragraph aa to read as follows: AA. DISSEMINATE INFORMATION RELATING TO HUNTING, FISHING AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE BOARD OF REGENTS, TO PROMOTE INSTRUCTION IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSES FOR GRADES NINE THROUGH TWELVE IN HUNTING, FISHING AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION. SUCH INSTRUCTION SHALL INCLUDE INFORMATION ON THE: (1) VARIOUS HUNTING AND FISHING SEASONS; (2) SPECIES THAT CAN BE SOUGHT; (3) THE NECESSARY MATERIALS FOR OBTAINING HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES; (4) OUTDOOR OPPORTUNITIES FOR RECREATION AND EXERCISE PURPOSES; AND (5) HISTORY AND BENEFITS OF HUNTING AND FISHING IN THIS STATE'S DEVEL- OPMENT; S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effec- tive date is authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04575-01-3