Relates to collecting samples of diseased bees or hives for testing and analysis and requiring the apiary industry advisory committee to prepare a report regarding bee populations.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to bee diseases
PURPOSE: Establishes the Honeybee Infectious disease Verification and Eradication (HIVE) program
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 title this bill as the Honeybee Infectious disease Verification and Eradication (HIVE) Act.
Section 2 amends section 174 of the agriculture and markets law to establish the Honeybee Infectious disease Verification and Eradication program
Section 3 amends section 169 of the agriculture and markets law to require the Aviary Industry Advisory Committee to prepare a comprehensive report on the wild and captive honey bee population in New York State.
Section 4 sets an immediate effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Honeybees are an integral aspect of the agriculture industry in New York State. In 2012, the bee population contributed an estimated $300 million to the state's $4.4 billion agriculture industry.
From 2011 to 2012, New York beekeepers lost, on average, 30 percent of bee hives to colony collapse disorder. In 2013, approximately 45 percent of hives were lost nationally. New York State has 52,000 beehives, each producing 51 pounds of honey. New York State ranks 10th nationally in honey production.
The agricultural impact of honeybees stretches far from honey into other agricultural products such as apples. New York apple growers rely on the honey bee pollinator to produce apples. Apple trees require two to three hives per acre to pollinate. A continued dramatic reduction in the honeybee population could have dire consequences for apple producers and other stakeholders in the agricultural industry in New York State.
The Honeybee Infectious disease Verification and Elimination (HIVE) Act will help New York State better support its agricultural industry with greater testing, analysis, and record keeping that will help bee diseases to be identified in a more timely manner. This legislation will also produce a comprehensive report through the Aviary Industry Advisory Committee that will help guide the policymakers in future action to help preserve and grow the agricultural industry throughout the State of New York.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7453 IN SENATE May 15, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. GIPSON -- 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 bee diseases THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "honeybee infectious disease verification and eradication (HIVE) act". S 2. Section 174 of the agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new subdivision 10 to read as follows: 10. ANY PERSON WHO OWNS BEES OR HIVES KNOWN OR DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER TO BE INFESTED WITH, OR EXPOSED TO, CONTAGIOUS OR INFEC- TIOUS DISEASES SHALL CAUSE SUCH SAMPLES OF SUCH BEES OR HIVES TO BE PLACED IN A SEALED CONTAINER TO BE HELD FOR COLLECTION BY THE COMMIS- SIONER OR HIS OR HER DULY AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVES. THE COMMISSIONER OR HIS OR HER DULY AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVES SHALL COLLECT SUCH SAMPLES FOR THE PURPOSE OF TESTING, ANALYSIS AND RECORD-KEEPING. THE COMMIS- SIONER SHALL MAINTAIN DATA ON, AS A MINIMUM, THE FOLLOWING: (A) THE DATE SUCH SAMPLES WERE ACQUIRED; (B) THE LOCATION FROM WHICH SUCH SAMPLES WERE ACQUIRED; (C) THE ORIGIN OF THE HIVE FROM WHICH SUCH SAMPLES DERIVE AND ALL LOCATIONS OF SUCH HIVE WITHIN THE LAST FIVE YEARS; (D) THE CHAIN OF CUSTODY THE HIVE FROM WHICH SUCH SAMPLES DERIVE; (E) THE TYPE OF DISEASE OR DISEASES IDENTIFIED IN THE SAMPLES; (F) THE NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION OF THE PERSON OR BUSINESS THAT SUPPLIED SUCH SAMPLES; AND (G) ANY FURTHER INFORMATION DEEMED NECESSARY BY THE APIARY INDUSTRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND/OR THE COMMISSIONER TO ASSESS THE HEALTH OF THE WILD AND CAPTIVE HONEY BEE POPULATIONS IN THE STATE. S 3. Section 169-d of the agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new subdivision 5 to read as follows: 5. THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE SHALL PREPARE A REPORT ON THE WILD AND CAPTIVE HONEY BEE POPULATION IN THE STATE. SUCH REPORT SHALL ADDRESS NO FEWER THAN THE FOLLOWING ISSUES RELATED TO SUCH BEE POPULATIONS:EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15176-02-4 S. 7453 2
(A) THE ESTIMATED TOTAL HONEY BEE POPULATION; (B) SEASONAL BEHAVIOR OF BEES; (C) MOVEMENTS OF HIVES; (D) ANY CAUSES OF DISRUPTION IN HONEY BEE POPULATIONS; (E) DATA MAINTAINED AND RESULTS OF TESTS PERFORMED PURSUANT TO SUBDI- VISION TEN OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-FOUR OF THIS CHAPTER; (F) AGRICULTURAL, RECREATIONAL, AND OTHER USES OF THE HONEY BEE POPU- LATION; (G) ECONOMIC VALUE AND IMPACT OF THE HONEY BEE POPULATION; (H) THE IMPACT TO THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY THAT RESULTS FROM A SIGNIF- ICANT DECREASE IN THE HONEY BEE POPULATION; AND (I) ANY OTHER ISSUES AS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER. IN ADDITION TO THESE ISSUES, THE REPORT SHALL ALSO INCLUDE, AS A MINI- MUM, THE FOLLOWING: (I) A DISCUSSION OF THE IMPACTS AND CAUSES OF DISEASES AND WAYS TO ALLEVIATE THEM; (II) THE IMPACT OF CHEMICALS SUCH AS PESTICIDES AND HERBICIDES, INDUS- TRIAL EMISSIONS AND AIR QUALITY ON BEES; (III) RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY AND POLICY OPTIONS TO PROTECT HONEY BEE POPULATIONS. SUCH REPORT SHALL BE COMPLETED NO LATER THAN ONE YEAR AFTER THE EFFEC- TIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION AND SHALL BE UPDATED EVERY FIVE YEARS THEREAFTER. SUCH REPORT SHALL BE MAINTAINED ON THE WEBSITE OF THE DEPARTMENT AND DELIVERED TO THE GOVERNOR, THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.