senate Bill S653

Amended

Requires the department of environmental conservation to prepare a report on the economic impact of hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife-associated activities

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 25 / Jan / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 06 / Mar / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.291
  • 07 / Mar / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 12 / Mar / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 01 / May / 2012
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 653A
  • 14 / May / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 14 / May / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 14 / May / 2012
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

Summary

Requires the department of environmental conservation to prepare a report on the economic impact of hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife-associated activities in New York.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S653
S653A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Assembly Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง11-0310, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S3079

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BILL NUMBER:S653

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to preparing a
report on the economic impact of hunting and fishing; and providing
for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this bill is to provide more accurate and timely
information to policy makers and department administrators regarding the
tourism and economic impact of hunting, fishing and wildlife-associated
recreation in New York State.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This bill would require the Department of Environmental Conservation, in
conjunction with the Department of Economic Development and the Office
of Parks, Recreation and Historic reservation, to prepare a summary
report every two years on the economic and tourism impact of fishing,
hunting, and wildlife- associated recreation in New York State. The bill
would sunset in ten years.

Specifically, the report shall include, but not be limited to the
following:

* the number of anglers, hunters, and wildlife-watching participants,
including recreational vehicle participants, in New York state,
including a breakdown of resident and non -resident anglers, hunters,
and wildlife-watching participants;

* The frequency of participation of anglers, hunters, and wildlife
watchers and how much money they spend on their activities including but
not limited to expenditures on equipment, bait and tackle, hotels, and
motels, restaurants, lodges, and camps, grocery and hardware stores, and
guide services; and

* An estimate of the number of jobs that are supported by anglers,
hunters, and wildlife-watching participants as well as the amount of
sales tax and income tax generated by anglers, hunters, and
wildlife-watching participants.

JUSTIFICATION:
According to a "2001 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife
Associated Recreation," recreational anglers and hunters spent more than
$3.5 billion in pursuit of their pastimes in New York in 2001. A 1996
survey found that expenditures include monies spent for equipment, bait
and tackle, hotels and motels, restaurants, lodges and camps, grocery
and hardware stores, and guide services. The survey also found that
these expenditures and their associated economic impact supported 43,000
jobs and generated $100 million in state sales tax and $32 million in
state income tax in New York State in 1996. Nationally, the survey
estimated that hunting and fishing supported 1.9 million jobs and
generated $2.9 billion in state sales tax and $772 million in state
income tax.


Hunting, fishing, and wildlife-associated recreation support jobs,
generate sales and income taxes, and are an integral component of the
tourism industry and the overall economy in New
York State. Efforts are underway in each state to promote tourism,
including hunting, recreational fishing, and wildlife-associated
recreation in the name of economic development.
Currently, DEC must rely on a study every five years by the United
States Departments of Interior and Commerce to determine the number of
people who hunt and fish and expenditures relating to their recreation.

Therefore, this legislation is intended to provide more accurate and
timely information to policymakers and department administrators
regarding the tourism and economic impact of hunting, fishing and
wildlife-associated recreation in New York State.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2005-06: A.8040
2007-08: A.4612
2009-10: S.3079

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Minimal. Could be completed within the current resources of the
Department.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
October 1 after enactment and shall sunset in ten years.

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

                                   653

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation

AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
  preparing  a report on the economic impact of hunting and fishing; and
  providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration there-
  of

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

  Section  1.  Legislative  intent.    The legislature hereby finds that
according to a "2001 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and  Wildlife-
Associated Recreation," recreational anglers and hunters spent more than
$3.5 billion in pursuit of their pastimes in New York in 2001.  The 1996
survey  found that expenditures include monies spent for equipment, bait
and tackle, hotels and motels, restaurants, lodges  and  camps,  grocery
and  hardware  stores,  and guide services.   The survey also found that
these expenditures and their associated economic impact supported 43,000
jobs and generated $100 million in state sales tax and  $32  million  in
state  income  tax  in  New York state in 1996.   Nationally, the survey
estimated that hunting and fishing supported 1.9 million jobs and gener-
ated $2.9 billion in state sales tax and $772 million  in  state  income
tax.    The  legislature  finds  and declares that hunting, fishing, and
wildlife-associated recreation support jobs, generate sales  and  income
taxes,  and  are  an  integral component of the tourism industry and the
overall economy in New York state.  Efforts are underway in  each  state
to  promote  tourism, including hunting, recreational fishing, and wild-
life-associated recreation in the name of  economic  development.    The
legislature also finds that the department of environmental conservation
must  rely  on a study every five years by the United States Departments
of Interior and Commerce to determine the number of people who hunt  and
fish  and  expenditures  relating to their recreation.   Therefore, this

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03510-01-1

S. 653                              2

legislation is intended to provide more accurate and timely  information
to policy makers and department administrators regarding the tourism and
economic  impact  of hunting, fishing and wildlife-associated recreation
in New York state.
  S  2.  The  environmental  conservation law is amended by adding a new
section 11-0310 to read as follows:
S 11-0310. REPORT ON ECONOMIC IMPACT OF FISHING AND HUNTING.
  1. COMMENCING ONE YEAR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION,
AND  EVERY  TWO YEARS THEREAFTER, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL, IN CONJUNCTION
WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF
PARKS, RECREATION AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION, PREPARE A SUMMARY REPORT ON
THE  ECONOMIC IMPACT OF FISHING, HUNTING, AND WILDLIFE-ASSOCIATED RECRE-
ATION IN NEW YORK STATE. SUCH REPORT SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT  BE  LIMITED
TO, THE FOLLOWING:
  A. THE NUMBER OF ANGLERS, HUNTERS, AND WILDLIFE-WATCHING PARTICIPANTS,
INCLUDING  RECREATIONAL VEHICLE PARTICIPANTS, IN NEW YORK STATE, INCLUD-
ING A BREAKDOWN OF RESIDENT AND NON-RESIDENT ANGLERS, HUNTERS, AND WILD-
LIFE-WATCHING PARTICIPANTS;
  B. THE FREQUENCY OF PARTICIPATION OF ANGLERS,  HUNTERS,  AND  WILDLIFE
WATCHERS AND HOW MUCH MONEY THEY SPEND ON THEIR ACTIVITIES INCLUDING BUT
NOT  LIMITED  TO  EXPENDITURES ON EQUIPMENT, BAIT AND TACKLE, HOTELS AND
MOTELS, RESTAURANTS, LODGES AND CAMPS, GROCERY AND HARDWARE STORES,  AND
GUIDE SERVICES; AND
  C.  AN  ESTIMATE  OF THE NUMBER OF JOBS THAT ARE SUPPORTED BY ANGLERS,
HUNTERS, AND WILDLIFE-WATCHING PARTICIPANTS AS WELL  AS  THE  AMOUNT  OF
SALES   TAX   AND   INCOME   TAX  GENERATED  BY  ANGLERS,  HUNTERS,  AND
WILDLIFE-WATCHING PARTICIPANTS.
  2. THE RESULTS OF THE REPORT REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION SHALL BE SUBMIT-
TED TO THE GOVERNOR AND TO THE LEGISLATURE, INCLUDING THE CHAIRS OF  THE
ASSEMBLY WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION COMMITTEE,
TOURISM,  ARTS AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, AND THE ECONOMIC DEVEL-
OPMENT COMMITTEE, AS WELL AS THE CHAIRS OF THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE,
ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION COMMITTEE, CULTURAL AFFAIRS,  TOURISM,  PARKS
AND  RECREATION  COMMITTEE, AND COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SMALL
BUSINESS COMMITTEE.
  S 3.  This act shall take effect on the first of October next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law and shall expire and be
deemed repealed 10 years after such date.

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