senate Bill S2262

Allows certain disabled persons to fish without a license

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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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  • 15 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 03 / Feb / 2014
    • RECOMMIT, ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN

Summary

Allows persons having a medically determinable impairment of sufficient severity and duration to qualify for benefits under the federal social security act to take fish as if he or she held a fishing license.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A153
Versions:
S2262
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §11-0707, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S615, A2110
2009-2010: S6199, A2337
2007-2008: A5309, S2301, A5309

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BILL NUMBER:S2262

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in
relation to allowing certain disabled persons to take fish without a
license

PURPOSE: To allow disabled citizens to fish without having to pay for
a fishing license.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends Section Environmental Conservation law Section
11-0707 to permit the disabled to fish without having to pay for a
fishing license. A definition of "disabled" is included so that
persons must have an impairment of severity and duration to receive
social security benefits.

JUSTIFICATION: Fishing can be an enjoyable recreational activity for
people of all ages. Unfortunately, often due to a lack of income,
people with disabilities do not take advantage of the many great
fishing venues located in New York State. People with disabilities
should be encouraged to take up fishing, and waiving the fishing
license fee for these citizens will provide this necessary
encouragement.

Many individuals who are disabled have low fixed incomes, therefore,
it is difficult for such persons to afford such licenses without
eliminating other essential items, such as food and adequate shelter.
For disabled persons who have developmental disabilities or a mental
illness, the activity of fishing has been noted by psychologists,
therapists, and social workers as a low cost activity that such
disabled persons can enjoy and is therapeutic for such persons and the
families of such persons. This bill provides a low cost and easy
avenue that psychologist, therapists, and social workers can advise
their clients and Patients to pursue to become more active and
connected with their community, both mentally and physically.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.5309 of 2007-08 - Referred to Environmental
Conservation S.6199 of 2009-10 - Referred to Environmental
Conservation, Referred to Finance, 2011 -2012 - S. 615, Reported to
Finance.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Negligible.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred
twentieth day after it shall have become a law; provided however, that
effective immediately, the commissioner of environmental conservation
is authorized and directed to add, amend, and/or repeal any rule or
regulation necessary for the timely implementation of this act on such
effective date.

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

                                  2262

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 15, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  KLEIN, SAMPSON -- 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
  allowing certain disabled persons to take fish without a license

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

  Section  1.  Section  11-0707 of the environmental conservation law is
amended by adding a new subdivision 3-a to read as follows:
  3-A. ANY PERSON WHO IS DISABLED MAY TAKE FISH AS IF HE OR SHE  HELD  A
FISHING  LICENSE, EXCEPT THAT HE OR SHE MAY NOT TAKE BAIT FISH BY NET OR
TRAP, IF HE OR SHE HAS ON HIS OR HER PERSON AN AUTHORIZATION UPON A FORM
FURNISHED BY THE DEPARTMENT CONTAINING SUCH IDENTIFYING INFORMATION  AND
DATA  AS  MAY  BE REQUIRED BY IT.   FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION
"DISABLED" MEANS HAVING A MEDICALLY DETERMINABLE  IMPAIRMENT  OF  SUFFI-
CIENT  SEVERITY  AND DURATION TO QUALIFY FOR BENEFITS UNDER SECTION 1902
(A)(10)(A)(II)(XV) OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate-
ly, the commissioner of environmental  conservation  is  authorized  and
directed  to  add, amend, and/or repeal any rule or regulation necessary
for the timely implementation of this act on such effective date.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04922-01-3

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