senate Bill S656

Amended

Authorizes DEC to designate additional fishing events as rehabilitation for armed forces veterans or active members

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  • 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
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.11
  • 31 / Jan / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 01 / Feb / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 14 / Mar / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 14 / Mar / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 14 / Mar / 2011
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 06 / May / 2011
    • RECALLED FROM ASSEMBLY
  • 06 / May / 2011
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 09 / May / 2011
    • VOTE RECONSIDERED - RESTORED TO THIRD READING
  • 09 / May / 2011
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 656A
  • 25 / May / 2011
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A4263A

Summary

Authorizes DEC to designate additional fishing events as rehabilitation for armed forces veterans or active members.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S656
S656A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง11-0305, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S7041

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BILL NUMBER:S656

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to fishing
events as rehabilitation for members of the United States armed forces

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would allow the Department
of Environmental Conservation to designate organized fishing events
that provide physical and emotional rehabilitation for current and
former Members of the Armed Services.

JUSTIFICATION:
In addition to the sport fishing clinics which are
already authorized in statute, this bill would allow the Department
of Environmental Conservation to designate organized fishing events
that provide physical and emotional rehabilitation for current and
former Members of the Armed Services. Those participating in these
events would not have to obtain a fishing license.

This bill seeks to provide the Department of Environmental
Conservation with the flexibility to designate fishing events for
both our veterans and active duty Members of the Armed Services. By
doing this it will allow our current and former military personnel
with the chance to relax and unwind while enjoying one of New York
State's great outdoor activities - fishing. This is the least we can
do for all of those who have courageously served and continue to
serve in the military.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.7041 of 2009-10

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                   656

                       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 fish-
  ing events as rehabilitation for members of the  United  States  armed
  forces

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 16 of  section  11-0305  of  the  environmental
conservation  law,  as  added  by chapter 292 of the laws of 1996 and as
renumbered by section 2 of part F of chapter 82 of the laws of 2002,  is
amended to read as follows:
  16. Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of law, to authorize no
more than four free sport fishing clinics in each year for each separate
administrative  region  of the department, provided however that nothing
in this subdivision shall preclude the department from conducting  addi-
tional  free sport fishing clinics during free sport fishing days desig-
nated by the commissioner pursuant to subdivision [fifteen] FOURTEEN  of
this  section.  A  free  sport  fishing clinic shall include, but not be
limited to, instruction provided  by  employees  of  the  department  in
recreational  angling,  including  its benefits and values, and may also
include instruction and other information relevant to  an  understanding
of  fisheries  management,  ethics  and  aquatic ecology and habitat. No
license is required to take fish by angling  while  participating  in  a
fishing  clinic  conducted by the department that has been designated by
the commissioner as a free sport fishing clinic. Such clinics  shall  be
implemented  in  a  manner  determined by the department to best provide
public notice thereof and to maximize public participation  therein,  so
as  to promote the recreational opportunities afforded by sport fishing.
FURTHER, THE COMMISSIONER MAY DESIGNATE ADDITIONAL FISHING EVENTS ORGAN-
IZED THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT THAT PROVIDE PHYSICAL OR EMOTIONAL REHABILI-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03515-01-1

S. 656                              2

TATION FOR VETERANS OR ACTIVE DUTY MEMBERS OF THE ARMED  FORCES  OF  THE
UNITED  STATES. NO LICENSE SHALL BE REQUIRED FOR SUCH VETERANS OR ACTIVE
DUTY MEMBERS TO TAKE  FISH  BY  ANGLING  WHILE  PARTICIPATING  IN  THESE
EVENTS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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