Bill S6574-2013

Directs the commissioner of environmental conservation to create gift cards for hunting and fishing licenses

Directs the commissioner of environmental conservation to create gift cards for hunting and fishing licenses.

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Actions

  • Jun 11, 2014: SUBSTITUTED BY A1627A
  • Jun 10, 2014: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1259
  • Jun 10, 2014: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Feb 7, 2014: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

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Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Rules - Jun 10, 2014
Ayes (21): Skelos, Libous, Bonacic, Carlucci, Farley, Flanagan, Hannon, Larkin, LaValle, Marcellino, Maziarz, Nozzolio, Seward, Valesky, Little, Stewart-Cousins, Breslin, Dilan, Montgomery, Parker, Gianaris
Ayes W/R (2): Krueger, Perkins
Nays (1): Espaillat
Excused (1): Hassell-Thompson

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6574

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to directing the commissioner of environmental conservation to create gift cards for hunting and fishing licenses

PURPOSE:

To require the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to promulgate rules and regulations establishing gift cards for hunting and fishing licenses in New York State.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one amends section 11-0706 to require the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation to promulgate rules and regulations for the sale of gift cards for New York State hunting and fishing licenses.

Section two provides the effective date.

EXISTING LAW:

Section 11-0706 of the Environmental Conservation Law, which was part of the 2012-13 New York State Budget, Chapter 58 of the Laws of 2012, provides that the Commissioner is authorized to establish gift cards for hunting and fishing.

JUSTIFICATION:

This bill requires the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation to promulgate rules and regulations so that gift cards for hunting and fishing can be sold in New York State. Allowing for the purchase of gift cards for such licenses encourages their sale and may increase revenue for the state.

Similar gift cards are already allowed in the State for camping permits and Empire Passports which are used for entrance into New York State Parks. Gift cards for camping permits, offered by the Office of Parks, may be used for anything from golf reservations and greens fees to the purchase of firewood or boat rentals, in addition to reserving camping sites. Gift cards for camping as well as the Empire Passport are even advertised for sale on the web site for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

In 2013, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) began to issue their own gift cards that can be used for camping at all New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Facilities. These gifts cards are similar to those offered by the Office of Parks, but they carry their own restrictions as imposed by the DEC and are only for use at DEC facilities.

Thus there is a precedent set within the state, and within the DEC in particular, to allow for the sale of recreational gift cards. Hunting and fishing are similar recreational activities and the licenses for these activities should be made available through the purchase of gift cards.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Potential for increased revenue.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6574 IN SENATE February 7, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. RITCHIE -- 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 directing the commissioner of environmental conservation to create gift cards for hunting and fishing licenses THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 11-0706 of the environmental conservation law, as amended by section 22 of part R of chapter 58 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows: S 11-0706. Gift cards for hunting and fishing licenses. 1. The commissioner [is authorized to establish] SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS ESTABLISHING gift cards for the licenses and bowhunting and muzzle-loading privileges set forth in section 11-0701 of this title. 2. For the purposes of this title, the term "gift card" shall mean a restricted monetary equivalent or voucher that, when redeemed by the holder, entitles such person to a valid license or bowhunting and/or muzzle-loading privilege as set forth in section 11-0701 of this title. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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