Bill S6589-2013

Establishes a moratorium on the department of environmental conservation's plan to declare mute swans a prohibited invasive species

Establishes a moratorium on the department of environmental conservation's plan to declare mute swans a "prohibited invasive species" and to eliminate all of the 2,200 mute swans in the state by 2025.

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  • Feb 10, 2014: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

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BILL NUMBER:S6589

TITLE OF BILL: An act establishing a moratorium on the department of environmental conservation's plan to declare mute swans a "prohibited invasive species"; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE OF THE BILL: Imposes a 2 year moratorium on the eradication of the mute swan population.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill imposes a 2 year moratorium on the department of environmental conservation's plan to declare mute swans a "prohibited invasive species" and to eliminate all of the 2,200 mute swans in the state by 2025 and requires the department of environmental conservation to demonstrate that actual damage to the environment or other species that have been caused by the mute swan population of only 2,200 across the state.

Section 5 sets an immediate effective date and shall expire and be deemed repealed after such effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Wildlife experts, rehabilitators and environmentalists do not unanimously agree that exterminating the mute swan population is justified. In addition, there is debate amongst such experts about whether the planned eradication of the mute swan population is even minimally beneficial to the eco-system or to our environment.

Therefore, it is incumbent on the Department of Environmental Conservation to illustrate the necessity of eradicating this non-native species by demonstrating the actual damage to the environment or other species caused by mute swans.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed after such effective date.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6589 IN SENATE February 10, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT establishing a moratorium on the department of environmental conservation's plan to declare mute swans a "prohibited invasive species"; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expira- tion thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Notwithstanding section 11-0325 of the environmental conservation law, or any other law, rule, or regulation to the contrary, a moratorium is imposed on the department of environmental conserva- tion's plan to declare mute swans a "prohibited invasive species" and to eliminate all of the 2,200 mute swans in the state by 2025. The depart- ment of environmental conservation shall demonstrate the actual damage to the environment or other species that have been caused by the mute swan population of only 2,200 across the state. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed two years after such effective date.

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