senate Bill S5168

Signed by Governor Amended

Defines a commercial equine operation and includes commercial equine operation in the definition of a farm operation

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 03 / May / 2011
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 11 / May / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.620
  • 16 / May / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 17 / May / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 01 / Jun / 2011
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 5168A
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 23 / Jun / 2011
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A7744A
  • 23 / Jun / 2011
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.614
  • 23 / Jun / 2011
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 23 / Jun / 2011
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 22 / Jul / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 03 / Aug / 2011
    • SIGNED CHAP.384

Summary

Defines a commercial equine operation as an agricultural enterprise, consisting of at least seven acres and stabling at least ten horses, regardless of ownership, that receives more than ten thousand dollars or more annually from fees generated through provision of commercial equine activities or production for sale of crops or livestock; includes commercial equine operation in the definition of a farm operation.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S5168
S5168A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง301, Ag & Mkts L

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5168

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to commercial
equine operation in agriculture districts

PURPOSE OF GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would recognize the contributions to the agricultural
industry of "commercial equine operations" by providing these
operations with eligibility access to agricultural district
protections and an agricultural assessment pursuant to Agriculture
and Markets law.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 301 of Agriculture and Markets law is amended in the following
manner:

Subsection 11 is amended to include "commercial equine operations"
within the definition of "farm operation" and thereby would have
access to agricultural district protections and an agricultural
assessment, provided that the commercial equine operation meets
certain eligibility criteria.

Subsection 17 is amended to outline the eligibility criteria for
access by "commercial equine operations." To gain agricultural
district protections and an agricultural assessment, these operations
must consist of at least seven acres and stable at least ten horses,
regardless of ownership. They must also receive ten thousand dollars
or more in gross receipts annually from fees generated through the
provision of commercial equine activities including, but not limited
to, riding lessons, trail riding activities or training of horses or
through the production for sale of crops, livestock, and livestock
products.

JUSTIFICATION:
Commercial horse boarding operations already have access to
agricultural district protections and agricultural assessment tax
relief if they consist of at least seven acres, board ten horses and
gross $10,000. This legislation would provide similar benefits to
comparable operations that provide horse training, trail riding and
riding lessons, in addition to boarding.

According to the National Agricultural Statistical Service's (NASS)
Equine Survey from 2005 (the latest survey available), there are
approximately 200,000 horses in New York, with a value of $1.83
billion. Over all, total equine-related assets, held by owners, are
valued at approximately $10 billion.

Total annual revenue to the New York economy from equine businesses is
approximately $450 million annually. A large portion of this total
comes from revenues generated by providing equine services, such as
boarding, trail riding, riding lessons, training and therapeutic
riding. As of now, however, Agriculture and Markets law does not
recognize "commercial equine operations" as agriculture in New York
State.


PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5168

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 3, 2011
                               ___________

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  commer-
  cial equine operation in agriculture districts

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subdivision 11  of  section  301  of  the  agriculture  and
markets  law,  as amended by chapter 120 of the laws of 2010, is amended
and a new subdivision 17 is added to read as follows:
  11. "Farm operation" means the land and on-farm buildings,  equipment,
manure  processing and handling facilities, and practices which contrib-
ute to the production, preparation and marketing of crops, livestock and
livestock products as a commercial enterprise, including  a  "commercial
horse  boarding  operation"  as  defined in subdivision thirteen of this
section, a "timber operation" as defined in subdivision fourteen of this
section [and], "compost, mulch or other biomass  crops"  as  defined  in
subdivision sixteen of this section AND "COMMERCIAL EQUINE OPERATION" AS
DEFINED  IN  SUBDIVISION  SEVENTEEN OF THIS SECTION. Such farm operation
may consist of one or more  parcels  of  owned  or  rented  land,  which
parcels may be contiguous or noncontiguous to each other.
  17.  "COMMERCIAL  EQUINE  OPERATION" MEANS AN AGRICULTURAL ENTERPRISE,
CONSISTING OF AT LEAST SEVEN ACRES AND STABLING  AT  LEAST  TEN  HORSES,
REGARDLESS  OF  OWNERSHIP, THAT RECEIVES TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS OR MORE IN
GROSS RECEIPTS ANNUALLY FROM FEES GENERATED  THROUGH  THE  PROVISION  OF
COMMERCIAL  EQUINE  ACTIVITIES  INCLUDING,  BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO RIDING
LESSONS, TRAIL RIDING ACTIVITIES OR TRAINING OF HORSES  OR  THROUGH  THE
PRODUCTION  FOR  SALE  OF  CROPS,  LIVESTOCK, AND LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS, OR
THROUGH BOTH THE PROVISION OF SUCH COMMERCIAL EQUINE ACTIVITIES AND SUCH
PRODUCTION. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THIS SUBDIVISION  BE  CONSTRUED
TO  INCLUDE  OPERATIONS  WHOSE PRIMARY ON SITE FUNCTION IS HORSE RACING.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS SUBDIVISION, AN AGRICULTURAL

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10926-01-1

S. 5168                             2

ENTERPRISE THAT IS PROPOSED OR IN ITS FIRST OR SECOND YEAR OF  OPERATION
MAY  QUALIFY AS A COMMERCIAL EQUINE OPERATION IF IT CONSISTS OF AT LEAST
SEVEN ACRES AND STABLES AT LEAST TEN HORSES, REGARDLESS OF OWNERSHIP, BY
THE END OF THE FIRST YEAR OF OPERATION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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