Includes certain commercial equine operations in the definition of land used in agricultural production.
Ayes (59): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Dilan, Duane, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, 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, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): Diaz, Johnson
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to including certain commercial equine operations in the definition of land used in agricultural production
PURPOSE OF GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill makes technical corrections to previously-approved legislation establishing that "commercial equine operations" have eligibility to access agricultural district protections and an agricultural assessment pursuant to Agriculture and Markets law (Chapter 384 of 2011).
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 301(4) is amended to clarify that commercial equine operations are able to receive an agricultural assessment not just in years one and two following an operation's access to the program, but in year three and beyond, as long as the operation meets the eligibility requirements set forth in statute.
JUSTIFICATION: The intent of the original legislation (Chapter 384 of 2011) was to provide eligible commercial equine operations with agricultural district protections and access to the agricultural assessment program for as long as the operation is eligible. The original statute only allows eligible commercial equine operations access to the agricultural assessment program in the first two years that a farm makes use of the program. This bill provides technical corrections to extend eligible commercial equine operations access to the agricultural assessment program in year three and beyond.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall effect on the sixtieth day after it becomes a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6962 IN SENATE April 17, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to includ- ing certain commercial equine operations in the definition of land used in agricultural production THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The opening paragraph of subdivision 4 of section 301 of the agriculture and markets law, as separately amended by chapters 445 and 696 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows: "Land used in agricultural production" means not less than seven acres of land used as a single operation in the preceding two years for the production for sale of crops, livestock or livestock products of an average gross sales value of ten thousand dollars or more; or, not less than seven acres of land used in the preceding two years to support a commercial horse boarding operation OR A COMMERCIAL EQUINE OPERATION with annual gross receipts of ten thousand dollars or more. Land used in agricultural production shall not include land or portions thereof used for processing or retail merchandising of such crops, livestock or live- stock products. Land used in agricultural production shall also include: S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15274-01-2