Permits farm operations to place advertising and directional signs near state highways.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the highway law, in relation to permitting farm operations to place advertising and directional signs near state highways
PURPOSE: To allow farm operations to place advertising signs near state highways
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends the highway law to permit farm operations to place advertising and directional signs near state highways.
JUSTIFICATION: Signs, indicating the availability of specific products to consumers and signs that direct those consumers to locations where they can he acquired, are vital to agricultural business. Many retail farm stands are located on secondary roads and by allowing farmers to place signs on land parcels of the farm operation or farm woodland adjacent to state highways will allow them to direct and attract more consumers to the availability of their products. Having the ability to better market New York agricultural products strengthens the farm economy and the state economy as a whole. Farmers have generally placed signs along state highways to advertise their farm operations and the products or services available to consumers but in recent years have been notified that their actions are not permitted because of a section of Highway Law that does not consider a farm operation, with parcels of land that are noncontignous, to meet the criteria for an on-premises sign. This bill allows farmers to advertise their crops and products by placing signage along state highways beyond the current limit, so that they may continue to notify consumers of their availability and to promote agri-tourism.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010 Transportation Committee.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2136 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 18, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. GRIFFO, LARKIN, LITTLE, MAZIARZ, RANZENHOFER, RITCHIE, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the highway law, in relation to permitting farm oper- ations to place advertising and directional signs near state highways THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 88 of the highway law is amended by adding a new subdivision 13 to read as follows: 13. EXCEPTIONS. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO FARM OPERATIONS, AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION ELEVEN OF SECTION THREE HUNDRED ONE OF THE AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS LAW, INCLUDING FARM WOODLANDS, AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF SECTION THREE HUNDRED ONE OF THE AGRI- CULTURE AND MARKETS LAW, ADJACENT TO NON-CONTROLLED ACCESS HIGHWAYS AS DESIGNATED BY SUBDIVISION TWO OF SECTION THREE OF THIS CHAPTER. SIGNS, DISPLAYS, AND DEVICES MAY NOT ADVERTISE ACTIVITIES WHICH DO NOT CONTRIB- UTE TO THE FARM OPERATION OR FARM WOODLAND. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03556-01-1