Creates a task force on improving urban and rural access to locally produced, healthy foods; provides that such task force should identify strategies, opportunities and methods to expand such access; provides that such task force should report to the governor and the legislature within one year after the section takes effect.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to the task force on improving urban and rural consumer access to locally produced, healthy foods; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation creates the Task Force on Improving Urban and Rural Consumer Access to Locally-Produced, Healthy Foods.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Amends Article 2, Section 16 of agriculture and markets law to establish the Task Force on Improving Urban and Rural Consumer Access to Locally-Produced, Healthy Foods. The Task Force is made up of eleven members and will have the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets as the Chair. Four members of the Task Force will be appointed by the governor, two members will be appointed by the temporary president of the senate, two members will be appointed by the speaker of the assembly, one member will be appointed by the minority leader of the senate, and one member will be appointed by the minority leader of the assembly.
The appointed members of such Task Force will be farmers, representatives of non-for-profit food access organizations, the grocery industry and economic development agencies serving county, New York State and New York City governments.
The Task Force will identify strategies and opportunities to expand access for underserved, nutritionally deficient urban and rural communities to healthy, locally produced food in New York State. The task force shall develop and identify new and innovative methods to increase the production, marketing and distribution of locally produced, fresh food in such communities in New York State.
The Task Force shall report to the governor arid the legislature on its activities, findings, and recommendations.
Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be 9 deemed repealed December 31, 2017.
JUSTIFICATION: Farmers have long sought greater market access in New York City and other urban areas of the state. Similarly, residents of urban areas continually seek out access to low-cost, healthy and locally produced food from New York's farmers. The match between the two has never been effectively achieved through market forces or public policy initiatives. This bill marries these two efforts to form a strategy among industry and government leaders to identify opportunities and barriers to achieve this much needed linkage between farmers and millions of potential consumers of their products.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.8458 2012.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7413 IN SENATE May 14, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. SANDERS -- 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 the task force on improving urban and rural consumer access to locally produced, healthy foods; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new section 28 to read as follows: S 28. TASK FORCE ON IMPROVING URBAN AND RURAL CONSUMER ACCESS TO LOCALLY PRODUCED, HEALTHY FOODS. 1. THERE IS HEREBY CREATED THE TASK FORCE ON IMPROVING URBAN AND RURAL CONSUMER ACCESS TO LOCALLY PRODUCED, HEALTHY FOODS. THE TASK FORCE IS TO BE COMPRISED OF ELEVEN MEMBERS. SUCH TASK FORCE SHALL HAVE ONE EX-OFFICIO CHAIRPERSON, WHO SHALL BE THE COMMISSIONER OR HIS OR HER DESIGNEE. FOUR MEMBERS SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, TWO MEMBERS SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, TWO MEMBERS SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, ONE MEMBER SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE AND ONE MEMBER SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE ASSEMBLY. THE APPOINTED MEMBERS OF SUCH TASK FORCE SHALL BE REPRESEN- TATIVE OF: (A) A FARM ENGAGED IN GROWING CROPS, LIVESTOCK OR LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS, AS DEFINED IN SECTION THREE HUNDRED ONE OF THIS CHAPTER; (B) NOT-FOR-PROFIT FOOD ACCESS ORGANIZATIONS DEDICATED TO EXPANDING ACCESS OF UNDERSERVED, URBAN AND RURAL COMMUNITIES TO HEALTHY, LOCALLY PRODUCED FOOD; (C) THE GROCERY INDUSTRY; AND (D) ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES SERVING COUNTY, NEW YORK STATE AND NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT. ANY VACANCY ON SUCH TASK FORCE SHALL BE FILLED BY THE ORIGINAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY. TASK FORCE MEMBERS SHALL RECEIVE NO COMPENSATION FOR THEIR SERVICES BUT SHALL BE REIMBURSED FOR ACTUAL AND NECESSARY TRAVEL EXPENSES INCURRED IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04096-01-3 S. 7413 2
2. THE MISSION OF THE TASK FORCE IS TO IDENTIFY STRATEGIES AND OPPOR- TUNITIES TO EXPAND ACCESS FOR UNDERSERVED, NUTRITIONALLY DEFICIENT URBAN AND RURAL COMMUNITIES TO HEALTHY, LOCALLY PRODUCED FOOD IN NEW YORK STATE. THE TASK FORCE SHALL DEVELOP AND IDENTIFY NEW AND INNOVATIVE METHODS TO INCREASE THE PRODUCTION, MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION OF LOCAL- LY PRODUCED, FRESH FOOD IN SUCH COMMUNITIES IN NEW YORK STATE. 3. NOT LATER THAN ONE YEAR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, THE TASK FORCE SHALL REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE ON ITS ACTIVITIES, FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed December 31, 2017.