Bill S2839A-2011

Authorizes a public information and education program for soil and water conservation districts and relates to the spread of invasive disease

Authorizes a public information and education program for soil and water conservation districts and relates to the spread of invasive disease.

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Actions

  • Apr 19, 2012: referred to environmental conservation
  • Apr 19, 2012: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Apr 19, 2012: PASSED SENATE
  • Mar 29, 2012: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Mar 28, 2012: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Mar 27, 2012: 1ST REPORT CAL.459
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • Jan 4, 2012: returned to senate
  • Jan 4, 2012: died in assembly
  • May 9, 2011: referred to environmental conservation
  • May 9, 2011: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • May 9, 2011: PASSED SENATE
  • Mar 24, 2011: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Mar 23, 2011: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Mar 23, 2011: AMENDED (T) 2839A
  • Mar 22, 2011: 1ST REPORT CAL.242
  • Feb 2, 2011: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Environmental Conservation - Mar 27, 2012
Ayes (13): Grisanti, Johnson, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, O'Mara, Young, Avella, Espaillat, Perkins, Serrano, Stewart-Cousins
Excused (1): Oppenheimer

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2839A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the soil and water conservation districts law, in relation to authorizing a public information and education program for soil and water conservation districts and preventative and control measures for the spread of invasive species

PURPOSE: Authorizes a public information and education program for soil and water conservation districts.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends Section 9 of the soil and water conservation districts law by adding a new subdivision 16 allowing soil and water conservation districts to undertake an extensive public information and education program to inform and involve other public and private organizations and groups and the general public in the commitment to the principles and practices of preservation and conservation of the soil and water resources of this state and to the policies set forth in section two of the current chapter.

Section 2 of the bill provides for an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Currently, 20% of the State's Soil and Water conservation Districts (SWCDS) have Environmental Educators on staff. Adding Conservation Education to District Law will provide legislative authority to SWCDs for providing this service and recognize conservation education as a practice that can stand alone in the protection of natural resources.

Authorizing a public information and education program for SWCDs will also legitimize programs and the value of education as an invaluable tool in preserving and protecting New York's soil, water, and other natural resources.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010: S.7601, Senate Environmental Conservation Committee; A.10843 Assembly Environmental conservation Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2839--A Cal. No. 242 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 2, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. YOUNG, LAVALLE, MARCELLINO, NOZZOLIO, O'MARA, RITCHIE, SEWARD -- (at request of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources) -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first report, amended on first report, ordered to a second report, and to be reprinted as amended, retaining its place in the order of second report AN ACT to amend the soil and water conservation districts law, in relation to authorizing a public information and education program for soil and water conservation districts and preventative and control measures for the spread of invasive species THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 9 of the soil and water conservation districts law is amended by adding two new subdivisions 16 and 17 to read as follows: (16) TO UNDERTAKE AN EXTENSIVE PUBLIC INFORMATION AND EDUCATION PROGRAM TO INFORM AND INVOLVE OTHER PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS AND GROUPS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC IN THE COMMITMENT TO THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF PRESERVATION AND CONSERVATION OF THE SOIL AND WATER RESOURCES OF THIS STATE AND TO THE POLICIES SET FORTH IN SECTION TWO OF THIS CHAPTER. (17) TO CARRY OUT PREVENTATIVE AND CONTROL MEASURES FOR THE SPREAD OF INVASIVE SPECIES. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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