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Bill S4503A-2013

Enacts the flood mitigation council act

Establishes the flood mitigation and prevention task force to evaluate ways of protecting communities and residents of the state from flooding.

Details

Actions

  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • May 23, 2013: PRINT NUMBER 4503A
  • May 23, 2013: AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • Apr 5, 2013: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4503A

TITLE OF BILL: An act relating to establishing the flood mitigation and prevention task force; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To establish a flood mitigation and flood prevention task force based within the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, including representatives of various agencies and local government officials, to identify regions most affected by flooding, prioritize mitigation efforts, identify sources of funding, and support additional research on mitigation efforts.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 establishes the flood mitigation task force with eleven members consisting of the commissioner of the department environmental conservation or his/her designee, the commissioner of general services or his/her designee, the commissioner of the department of transportation or his/ her designee, the director of the state emergency management office or his/her designee, the commissioner of the New York state division of homeland security or his/her designee, two members appointed by the speaker of the assembly, one member appointed by the minority leader of the senate, one member appointed by the minority leader of the assembly and two members appointed by the temporary president of the senate.

Subsection 2 sets forth that the task force should include members representing flood-prone municipalities and counties.

Subsection 3 states that members will not receive any compensation but will be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses sustained in the course of their duties.

Subsection 4 requires the task force meet no less than four times at the call of the chairperson.

Subsection 5 provides that any vacancies should be filled by ways of the initial appointment.

Subsection 6 authorizes the task force to hold public hearings and meetings.

Subsection 7 allows the task force to consult with organizations like the army corps of engineers to help develop the report required by subdivision 10 of this section.

Subsection 8 requires the department of environmental conservation to provide the necessary facilities, data and assistance to allow the task force to carry out its responsibilities.

Subsection 9 establishes the purpose of the flood mitigation/task force to evaluate ways of protecting New York's communities and residents from flooding including inland flooding.

Subsection 10 states that no later than December 31, 2015 the task force shall submit a report to the temporary president of the senate,

the speaker of the assembly and the governor. The report must contain an evaluation of the severity of the flooding, criteria and guidelines for identifying regions and projects, most in need of mitigation, identification of possible funding sources, research studies to better understand how flooding effects the geography and population of the state and recommendations to the governor and state legislature on how the state should use resources to prevent or mitigate flooding.

Section 2 sets an immediate effective date

JUSTIFICATION: The increasing frequency and severity of flooding throughout the state has underscored the need for greater coordination of efforts among levels of government, agencies, and regions with responsibilities to address flooding. This bill begins to address this deficiency

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To Be Determined (Fiscal Note Required)

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2016


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4503--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 5, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. LATIMER, TKACZYK -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT relating to establishing the flood mitigation and prevention task force; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the expi- ration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. 1. There is hereby established in the department of envi- ronmental conservation a flood mitigation and prevention task force ("task force") to consist of eleven members who shall be appointed as follows: (a) the commissioner of environmental conservation or his or her designee; (b) the commissioner of general services or his or her designee; (c) the commissioner of the department of transportation or his or her designee; (d) the director of the state emergency management office or his or her designee; (e) the commissioner of the New York state division of homeland secu- rity and emergency services or his or her designee; (f) two members to be appointed by the speaker of the assembly; (g) one member to be appointed by the minority leader of the senate; (h) one member to be appointed by the minority leader of the assembly; (i) two members to be appointed by the temporary president of the senate; 2. The at-large members should include individuals who represent flood-prone municipalities and counties.
3. Task force members shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be reimbursed for actual, necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. 4. The chairperson of the task force shall be the commissioner of environmental conservation or his or her designee. The task force shall meet no less than four times at the call of the chairperson. 5. Any vacancies on the task force shall be filled in the manner provided for in the initial appointment. 6. The task force shall be authorized to hold public hearings and meetings to enable it to accomplish its duties. 7. The task force may consult with any organization, educational institution, other government entity or agency or person including, but not limited to, the army corps of engineers, in the development of the report required by subdivision 10 of this section. 8. The department of environmental conservation shall provide the task force with such facilities, assistance and data as will enable the task force to carry out its powers and duties. Additionally, all other agen- cies of the state or subdivisions thereof may, at the request of the chairperson, provide the task force with such facilities, assistance and data as will enable the task force to carry out its powers and duties. 9. The purpose of the flood mitigation/prevention task force shall be to evaluate ways of protecting New York's communities and residents from flooding, including inland flooding, and applying the best available science and research to examine flooding-related issues and impacts. 10. No later than December 31, 2015, the task force shall transmit to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly a report containing: (a) an assessment of the extent and magnitude of the problem statewide caused by flooding, including identifying those regions and populations most affected by flooding; (b) criteria and guidelines for identifying and prioritizing regions and projects most in need of mitigation; (c) identification of existing and emerging technologies, strategies and concepts which can mitigate the impact of flooding on populations and infrastructure; (d) identification of potential funding sources to support residen- tial, commercial and public mitigation efforts; (e) research projects or studies to better understand how flooding affects the geography and the population of this state; and (f) recommendations to the governor and the state legislature on how the state can best use its resources to assist flood-prone counties and municipalities to prevent or mitigate the effects of flooding. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed January 1, 2016.

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