Increases the reimbursement cap for districts from $30,000 to $60,000.
Ayes (13): Grisanti, Johnson, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, O'Mara, Young, Avella, Espaillat, Perkins, Serrano, Stewart-Cousins
Excused (1): Oppenheimer
Ayes (59): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Storobin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (3): Espaillat, Huntley, Krueger
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the soil and water conservation districts law, in relation to increasing the reimbursement cap
PURPOSE: This legislation would raise the cap that New York State reimburses to Soil and Water Conservation Districts from $30,000 to $60,000.
SUMMARY: Section 1 amends section 11-a of the soil and water conservation districts law to increase the reimbursement cap from $30,000 to $60,000.
Section 2 provides the enacting clause.
JUSTIFICATION: In 1974, New York State enacted legislation to reimburse Soil and Water Conservation Districts at a 50% rate for performing functions for New York State agencies. The reimbursement at that time was $4,000 per Soil and Water Conservation District. This amount was increased to $10,000 in 1981. The reimbursement remained at this level until April of 1996 when it was raised to $30,000. Due to inflation and increased costs of doing business $30,000 is no longer a realistic figure and does not allow Soil and Water Conservation Districts to fulfill their statutory and regulatory mission.
HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Fiscal implications are subject to appropriation amounts.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 6615 A. 9464 S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y March 5, 2012 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sens. RITCHIE, YOUNG, BONACIC, DeFRANCISCO, GRISANTI, RANZENHOFER, SEWARD -- (at request of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources) -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conser- vation IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. GUNTHER -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. LIFTON, LUPARDO, RUSSELL -- read once and referred to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the soil and water conservation districts law, in relation to increasing the reimbursement cap THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 11-a of the soil and water conservation districts law, as amended by section 2 of part U-1 of chapter 109 of the laws of 2006, is amended to read as follows: (a) Reimburse each soil and water conservation district to the extent of fifty percent of the amount expended by the district for the items specified in this paragraph, up to
[thirty]SIXTY thousand dollars per district in any fiscal year. Reimbursement pursuant to this paragraph shall be limited to expenditures for the employment of conservation field technicians or district managers, and the purchase of supplies and equipment related to these positions, for the purpose of supervising or providing technical assistance for the establishment and implementation of soil and water conservation practices in accordance with programs undertaken by the district. At the end of each calendar year, verified and detailed claims for such reimbursement shall be submitted to the state soil and water conservation committee in such form and manner and containing such information as the state soil and water conservation committee, the commissioner of agriculture and markets and the state comptroller may require. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the soil and water conservation district of New York city shall be considered the equivalent of five districts when reimbursed in accordance with the provisions of this paragraph. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14730-01-2