Authorizes directors of soil and water conservation districts to undertake public information and education programs on the principles and practices for the preservation and conservation of the soil and water resources of the state.
Ayes (63): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the soil and water conservation districts law, in relation to authorizing directors of soil and water conservation districts to undertake public information and education programs
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: 2012: S.2839-A PASSED SENATE; A.3555 Referred to Environmental Conservation 2011: S.2839-A PASSED SENATE; A.3555 Referred to Environmental Conservation 2010: S.7601 REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION; A.10843 Referred to Environmental Conservation Committee
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4356 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 Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the soil and water conservation districts law, in relation to authorizing directors of soil and water conservation districts to undertake public information and education programs 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 a new subdivision 16 to read as follows: (16) TO UNDERTAKE AN EXTENSIVE PUBLIC INFORMATION AND EDUCATION PROGRAM TO INFORM AND INVOLVE 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. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04343-01-3