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Bill S653-2011

Requires the department of environmental conservation to prepare a report on the economic impact of hunting, fishing, and wildlife-associated activities in New York

Requires the department of environmental conservation to prepare a report on the economic impact of hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife-associated activities in New York.

Details

Actions

  • Mar 12, 2012: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Mar 7, 2012: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Mar 6, 2012: 1ST REPORT CAL.291
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • Jan 25, 2011: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 5, 2011: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

Meetings

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Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Environmental Conservation - Jan 25, 2011
Ayes (10): Grisanti, Marcellino, Maziarz, O'Mara, Gallivan, Young, Avella, Espaillat, Oppenheimer, Stewart-Cousins
Ayes W/R (2): Perkins, Serrano
Nays (2): Johnson, Little
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Environmental Conservation - Mar 6, 2012
Ayes (10): Grisanti, Johnson, Marcellino, Maziarz, O'Mara, Young, Avella, Espaillat, Perkins, Stewart-Cousins
Ayes W/R (3): LaValle, Little, Serrano
Excused (1): Oppenheimer

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S653

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to preparing a report on the economic impact of hunting and fishing; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to provide more accurate and timely information to policy makers and department administrators regarding the tourism and economic impact of hunting, fishing and wildlife-associated recreation in New York State.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would require the Department of Environmental Conservation, in conjunction with the Department of Economic Development and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic reservation, to prepare a summary report every two years on the economic and tourism impact of fishing, hunting, and wildlife- associated recreation in New York State. The bill would sunset in ten years.

Specifically, the report shall include, but not be limited to the following:

* the number of anglers, hunters, and wildlife-watching participants, including recreational vehicle participants, in New York state, including a breakdown of resident and non -resident anglers, hunters, and wildlife-watching participants;

* The frequency of participation of anglers, hunters, and wildlife watchers and how much money they spend on their activities including but not limited to expenditures on equipment, bait and tackle, hotels, and motels, restaurants, lodges, and camps, grocery and hardware stores, and guide services; and

* An estimate of the number of jobs that are supported by anglers, hunters, and wildlife-watching participants as well as the amount of sales tax and income tax generated by anglers, hunters, and wildlife-watching participants.

JUSTIFICATION: According to a "2001 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife Associated Recreation," recreational anglers and hunters spent more than $3.5 billion in pursuit of their pastimes in New York in 2001. A 1996 survey found that expenditures include monies spent for equipment, bait and tackle, hotels and motels, restaurants, lodges and camps, grocery and hardware stores, and guide services. The survey also found that these expenditures and their associated economic impact supported 43,000 jobs and generated $100 million in state sales tax and $32 million in state income tax in New York State in 1996. Nationally, the survey estimated that hunting and fishing supported 1.9 million jobs and generated $2.9 billion in state sales tax and $772 million in state income tax.

Hunting, fishing, and wildlife-associated recreation support jobs, generate sales and income taxes, and are an integral component of the tourism industry and the overall economy in New York State. Efforts are underway in each state to promote tourism, including hunting, recreational fishing, and wildlife-associated recreation in the name of economic development. Currently, DEC must rely on a study every five years by the United States Departments of Interior and Commerce to determine the number of people who hunt and fish and expenditures relating to their recreation.

Therefore, this legislation is intended to provide more accurate and timely information to policymakers and department administrators regarding the tourism and economic impact of hunting, fishing and wildlife-associated recreation in New York State.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2005-06: A.8040 2007-08: A.4612 2009-10: S.3079

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal. Could be completed within the current resources of the Department.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1 after enactment and shall sunset in ten years.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 653 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to preparing a report on the economic impact of hunting and fishing; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration there- of THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds that according to a "2001 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife- Associated Recreation," recreational anglers and hunters spent more than $3.5 billion in pursuit of their pastimes in New York in 2001. The 1996 survey found that expenditures include monies spent for equipment, bait and tackle, hotels and motels, restaurants, lodges and camps, grocery and hardware stores, and guide services. The survey also found that these expenditures and their associated economic impact supported 43,000 jobs and generated $100 million in state sales tax and $32 million in state income tax in New York state in 1996. Nationally, the survey estimated that hunting and fishing supported 1.9 million jobs and gener- ated $2.9 billion in state sales tax and $772 million in state income tax. The legislature finds and declares that hunting, fishing, and wildlife-associated recreation support jobs, generate sales and income taxes, and are an integral component of the tourism industry and the overall economy in New York state. Efforts are underway in each state to promote tourism, including hunting, recreational fishing, and wild- life-associated recreation in the name of economic development. The legislature also finds that the department of environmental conservation must rely on a study every five years by the United States Departments of Interior and Commerce to determine the number of people who hunt and fish and expenditures relating to their recreation. Therefore, this
legislation is intended to provide more accurate and timely information to policy makers and department administrators regarding the tourism and economic impact of hunting, fishing and wildlife-associated recreation in New York state. S 2. The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new section 11-0310 to read as follows: S 11-0310. REPORT ON ECONOMIC IMPACT OF FISHING AND HUNTING. 1. COMMENCING ONE YEAR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION, AND EVERY TWO YEARS THEREAFTER, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE COMMISSIONER OF PARKS, RECREATION AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION, PREPARE A SUMMARY REPORT ON THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF FISHING, HUNTING, AND WILDLIFE-ASSOCIATED RECRE- ATION IN NEW YORK STATE. SUCH REPORT SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING: A. THE NUMBER OF ANGLERS, HUNTERS, AND WILDLIFE-WATCHING PARTICIPANTS, INCLUDING RECREATIONAL VEHICLE PARTICIPANTS, IN NEW YORK STATE, INCLUD- ING A BREAKDOWN OF RESIDENT AND NON-RESIDENT ANGLERS, HUNTERS, AND WILD- LIFE-WATCHING PARTICIPANTS; B. THE FREQUENCY OF PARTICIPATION OF ANGLERS, HUNTERS, AND WILDLIFE WATCHERS AND HOW MUCH MONEY THEY SPEND ON THEIR ACTIVITIES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO EXPENDITURES ON EQUIPMENT, BAIT AND TACKLE, HOTELS AND MOTELS, RESTAURANTS, LODGES AND CAMPS, GROCERY AND HARDWARE STORES, AND GUIDE SERVICES; AND C. AN ESTIMATE OF THE NUMBER OF JOBS THAT ARE SUPPORTED BY ANGLERS, HUNTERS, AND WILDLIFE-WATCHING PARTICIPANTS AS WELL AS THE AMOUNT OF SALES TAX AND INCOME TAX GENERATED BY ANGLERS, HUNTERS, AND WILDLIFE-WATCHING PARTICIPANTS. 2. THE RESULTS OF THE REPORT REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION SHALL BE SUBMIT- TED TO THE GOVERNOR AND TO THE LEGISLATURE, INCLUDING THE CHAIRS OF THE ASSEMBLY WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION COMMITTEE, TOURISM, ARTS AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, AND THE ECONOMIC DEVEL- OPMENT COMMITTEE, AS WELL AS THE CHAIRS OF THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION COMMITTEE, CULTURAL AFFAIRS, TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION COMMITTEE, AND COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE. S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of October next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law and shall expire and be deemed repealed 10 years after such date.

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