Repeals provisions of law relating to beekeeper and apiary surveys.
Ayes (9): Aubertine, Stachowski, Montgomery, Breslin, Valesky, Young, Seward, Winner, Ranzenhofer
Ayes (60): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Aubertine, Bonacic, Breslin, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espada, Farley, Flanagan, Foley, Fuschillo, Golden, Griffo, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson C, Johnson O, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Leibell, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, Onorato, Oppenheimer, Padavan, Parker, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Schneiderman, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stachowski, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Thompson, Valesky, Volker, Winner, Young
Excused (1): Morahan
TITLE OF BILL: An act to repeal the closing paragraph of section 173 of the agriculture and markets law, relating to beekeeper and apiary surveys
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would repeal provisions enacted in 2007 that provided that beekeepers apply for a registration number and disclose the locations of their hives as well as allowing the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Markets to make surveys of apiary yards.
JUSTIFICATION: This state is abuzz with beekeeping activity as our hives produce about four million pounds of honey annually with a total value in excess of $5 million. More than that, our beekeepers are vital to ensuring that our fruit trees and other crops are pollinated.
While well intentioned these provisions which were enacted in 2007 have proved to be duplicative and unutilized. To that end, this bill would simply repeal those provisions which were enacted in 2007 thus providing much needed potential savings to the state and removing unneeded regulations. There is no doubt that passage of this bill would make bees all across New York sing with sweet happiness as they produce nature's finest nectar - honey!
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This bill has the potential of saving the state at least $100,000 annually.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6268 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE November 4, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to repeal the closing paragraph of section 173 of the agriculture and markets law, relating to beekeeper and apiary surveys THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The closing paragraph of section 173 of the agriculture and markets law is REPEALED. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14992-01-9