senate Bill S4855A
(D) 25th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed by Governor
Increases membership on the state procurement council to include a member of a not-for-profit organization representing the agricultural interests in the state.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the state finance law, in relation to membership on the
state procurement council
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 161 of the State Finance Law is amended to increase membership
on the state's procurement council from 20 to 21 members. The member,
who will be selected by the governor, shall be a representative of a
not-for-profit, New York-based organization engaged in the marketing
and/or promotion of New York-based grown farm and agricultural products.
The member may also be a representative of a not-for-profit New York-
based organization engaged solely in the advocacy, marketing and/or
promotion of organic New York grown farm and agricultural products. The
member appointed by the governor will serve a two year term.
New York's number one industry is agriculture yet there is no one person
designated under current law to represent the State's agricultural
community on the State's procurement Council. Existing members include
the commissioner of the Office of General Services, State Comptroller,
Director of Budget, Chief Diversity Officer or their respective desig-
nees, and seven members who are the heads of other large and small state
agencies chosen by the Governor or the Governor's designees.
The Procurement Council is established under Article XI, Section 161 of
the State Finance Law. It is responsible for the study, analysis and
development of recommendations to improve State procurement policy and
practices, and for development and issuance of guidelines governing
State agency procurement.
In an effort to increase the procurement of agricultural products grown
and processed in New York, It is important and necessary to include on
the council a member of a not-for-profit, New York-based organization to
appropriately represent the interests of New York's agricultural commu-
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