S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
January 24, 2011
Introduced by Sen. LITTLE -- 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 wood
products development council; and to amend the environmental conserva-
tion law, in relation to contracts for timber or other forest products
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 225 of the agriculture and markets
law, as added by chapter 325 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as
2. The council shall work with wood-using manufacturers to increase
the economic contributions and employment opportunities related to the
practice of forestry and manufacture of wood products in New York state.
The council shall give priority to increasing private investment in
working forests; maintaining access to working and family forests; coor-
dinating policy and permitting issues with state agencies, academia and
the private sector; working to improve public understanding of and
appreciation for forestry, THE TIMBER INDUSTRY and forest products; and
increasing export and market opportunities for New York forest products.
The council shall deliver an annual report outlining its work and making
recommendations with regard to economic development and marketing initi-
atives and research and development initiatives consistent with the
purposes of the council. The report shall be delivered to the governor,
the speaker of the assembly, the temporary president of the senate, the
minority leader of the assembly and the minority leader of the senate.
S 2. Section 9-0505 of the environmental conservation law is amended
by adding a new subdivision 5 to read as follows:
5. NOTWITHSTANDING SUBDIVISION THREE OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED TWELVE OF
THE STATE FINANCE LAW, IF THE VALUE OR ESTIMATED VALUE OF THE TREES,
TIMBER OR OTHER FOREST PRODUCTS DOES NOT EXCEED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS,
THE CONTRACT MAY BE EXECUTED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND SHALL BE VALID AND
ENFORCEABLE WITHOUT FIRST BEING APPROVED BY THE STATE COMPTROLLER AND
FILED IN HIS OR HER OFFICE.
S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.