Bill S4331-2013

Increases from 50 to 100 acres, the acreage of farm woodland that qualifies as land used in agricultural production for agricultural assessment purposes

Increases from 50 to 100 acres, the acreage of farm woodland that qualifies as land used in agricultural production for agricultural assessment purposes.

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Actions

  • Mar 11, 2014: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • Jan 8, 2014: returned to senate
  • Jan 8, 2014: died in assembly
  • May 22, 2013: referred to agriculture
  • May 22, 2013: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • May 22, 2013: PASSED SENATE
  • May 21, 2013: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.736
  • May 21, 2013: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Mar 21, 2013: REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Rules - May 21, 2013
Ayes (22): Skelos, Libous, Bonacic, Carlucci, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Hannon, Larkin, LaValle, Marcellino, Maziarz, Nozzolio, Seward, Valesky, Stewart-Cousins, Breslin, Dilan, Hassell-Thompson, Montgomery, Perkins, Gianaris
Ayes W/R (1): Krueger
Nays (1): Espaillat
Excused (1): Parker
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Agriculture - Mar 11, 2014
Ayes (11): Ritchie, Gallivan, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Seward, Valesky, Young, Gipson, Montgomery, Serrano, Tkaczyk

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4331

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to increasing the acreage of farm woodland which qualifies as land used in agricultural production for agricultural assessment purposes

PURPOSE:

This legislation would double the amount of woodlands eligible for an agricultural assessment.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends paragraph (d) of subdivision 4 of section 301 of the agricultural and markets law to change the maximum acreage for agricultural assessment of farm woodlands from fifty (50) acres to one hundred (100) acres.

JUSTIFICATION:

Many farms have woodlands on their property which exceed fifty acres, but some only barely exceed that amount, causing local assessors to divide a single woodlot into two separate parcels so that one may be assessed at the "highest and best use" while the other receives an assessment based upon its agricultural value. In many instances, the former is only a few small acres of land. As we continue farm preservation efforts, this legislation would allow farmers, particularly in areas of the state with greater development pressure, to remain stewards of their land for generations to come.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2012: S.847-A, PASSED SENATE; A.6212 Referred to Agriculture 2011: S.847 PASSED SENATE; A.6212 Referred to Agriculture 2009-2010: S.2474 REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE; A.5955 Referred to Agriculture 2007-2008: S.4453 PASSED SENATE; A.6523 Referred to Agriculture

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4331 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 21, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. YOUNG -- (at request of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources) -- 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 increas- ing the acreage of farm woodland which qualifies as land used in agri- cultural production for agricultural assessment purposes THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph d of subdivision 4 of section 301 of the agricul- ture and markets law, as amended by chapter 445 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows: d. Farm woodland which is part of land which is qualified for an agri- cultural assessment, provided, however, that such farm woodland attrib- utable to any separately described and assessed parcel shall not exceed [fifty] ONE HUNDRED acres. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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