Relates to hunting in the county of Suffolk and the requirement that towns issue hunting permits.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to hunting in Suffolk county
Relates to hunting in the County of Suffolk and the requirement that towns issue hunting permits.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Amends Section 11-0903 of the Environmental Conservation Law to allow towns in Suffolk County to adopt a local law to forgo the requirements to issue permits to take deer.
The recent population explosion of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) on Eastern Long Island threatens public health, public safety, personal property, and the environment. Local municipal deer management plans describe the uncontrolled increase in population as an emergency, crisis situation, requiring immediate action.
There are several indicators of the crisis. Tick borne illnesses such as Lyme disease, Babisiosis and Ehrlichiosis have increased exponentially. The incidence of reported deer/vehicle collisions on eastern Long Island has increased. The incidence of property damage complaints has increased, including huge financial losses to the region's critical agricultural economy.
Environmentally speaking, the preserved lands and native landscapes of the East End are being destroyed. Increased browsing on deer-preferred plants has changed the type and species of plants that can survive and withstand the destruction. Rare wildflowers and common native herbaceous plants have declined. Forested lands show a clear browse line, and tree saplings are now not surviving. Intense browsing of native species has also led to an increase in invasive plant species which cause even further destruction to natural habitats. The environmental changes in and degradation of these native habitats displaces wildlife. These long-term changes adversely impact the integrity of eastern Long Island's ecosystems. Without controlling the deer population, human health and safety will continue to be put in jeopardy.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2014: New Legislation
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 6630 A. 8822 S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y February 19, 2014 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE, PALUMBO -- read once and referred to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to hunt- ing in Suffolk county THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraphs b, c, d, e, f and g of subdivision 7 of section 11-0903 of the environmental conservation law are relettered paragraphs c, d, e, f, g and h. S 2. Paragraphs a and c of subdivision 7 of section 11-0903 of the environmental conservation law, paragraph c as amended by section 35 of part F of chapter 82 of the laws of 2002 and as relettered by section one of this act, such subdivision as renumbered by chapter 911 of the laws of 1990, are amended to read as follows: a.
[Such]IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY, SUCH season shall not include Satur- days or Sundays [and]; B. SUCH SEASON shall not commence earlier than during the first full week in January nor shall it continue later than January 31 in any year; c. Deer may be taken only by holders of a license authorizing the taking of big game who have also obtained a special permit provided by the department and issued by the town clerk of each town where such season is fixed; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, IN SUFFOLK COUNTY A TOWN MAY, BY LOCAL LAW, FOREGO THE REQUIREMENTS TO ISSUE PERMITS; S 3. a. Any local law authorizing a town to opt out of the permit requirements established by section 11-0903 of the environmental conser- vation law must be passed by the local legislature prior to March first and shall apply to all special seasons established pursuant to such section that commence after such passage until such local law is repealed.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13838-01-4 S. 6630 2 A. 8822
b. Any town that opts out of the permit requirements of section 11-0903 of the environmental conservation law shall notify the depart- ment of the passage of the local law authorizing such action by the town on the same date that the town sends notification of the final adoption of such local law to the department of state pursuant to section twen- ty-seven of the municipal home rule law. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.