Provides that nursery growers and dealers registrations shall be valid for two years from the date of issuance.
Ayes (56): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Dilan, Duane, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (6): Diaz, Gallivan, Kruger, McDonald, Oppenheimer, Squadron
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to nursery growers and dealers registration
PURPOSE OF BILL:
This bill would establish a rolling application schedule for nursery grower and dealer registrations.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of this bill would amend Agriculture and Markets Law (AML) 163-a to replace the current biennial application deadline of November 1 for nursery grower and dealer registrations with a rolling application schedule. The registration would continue to be effective for two years from the date it is issued.
Section 2 of this bill would make the bill effective thirty days after it becomes law.
AML § 163-a requires nursery growers and dealers to register with the Department of Agriculture and Markets. All applications for such registration must be made on or before the first day of November for a registration period that begins in December. Subsequent applications must be made every other first day of November.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This is a new proposal.
STATEMENT IN SUPPORT:
Current law only allows nursery growers and dealers to register with DAM in an application filed on or before every other November 1. With the aid of computers, a rolling registration application schedule is more efficient to administer than a single deadline. The rolling application process will be easier for the Department to administer because it will be able to distribute the workload throughout the year. It will also benefit the nursery growers and dealers because they will be able to apply when it is convenient for them to do so.
The bill would enable the Department to modernize record keeping for nursery grower and dealer registrations, resulting in efficiency and modest cost savings to the agency.
The bill would take effect thirty days after it is enacted.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4144 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 21, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. RITCHIE -- (at request of the Department of Agricul- ture and Markets) -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to nursery growers and dealers registration THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 163-a of the agriculture and markets law, as amended by section 5 of part I1 of chapter 62 of the laws of 2003, is amended to read as follows: S 163-a. Application. Any nursery grower or nursery dealer, except those nursery dealers selling, transporting, or handling for sale or otherwise disposing of nursery stock, exclusively consisting of indoor plants, at a retail level, desiring to sell, or selling, or handling for sale, or otherwise disposing of nursery stock in this state shall make application in writing to the commissioner upon a form prescribed by the commissioner. The application shall be
[made on or before the first day of November and every other year thereafter for the registration period beginning in December and shall be]accompanied by a fee of one hundred dollars FOR A REGISTRATION EFFECTIVE FOR TWO YEARS FROM THE DATE OF ISSUANCE. The commissioner may exempt from the payment of such fees agencies or authorities of the state; county, city, town, or village governments; or other entities providing benefit to the general public, including but not limited to, botanical gardens. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09458-01-1