Bill S3051-2013

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 29, 2014: referred to governmental operations
  • Apr 29, 2014: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Apr 29, 2014: PASSED SENATE
  • Jan 23, 2014: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jan 22, 2014: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jan 14, 2014: 1ST REPORT CAL.23
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • Jan 8, 2014: returned to senate
  • Jan 8, 2014: died in assembly
  • May 20, 2013: referred to governmental operations
  • May 20, 2013: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • May 20, 2013: PASSED SENATE
  • Apr 22, 2013: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Apr 17, 2013: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Apr 16, 2013: 1ST REPORT CAL.311
  • Jan 29, 2013: REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

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Calendars

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Investigations and Government Operations - Apr 16, 2013
Ayes (9): Marcellino, Carlucci, Golden, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Zeldin, Hoylman, Diaz, Squadron
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Investigations and Government Operations - Jan 14, 2014
Ayes (9): Marcellino, Carlucci, Golden, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Zeldin, Hoylman, Diaz, Squadron

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3051

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 89 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.1682 of 2011-12; S.3050 of 2009-10

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3051 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 29, 2013 ___________
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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