senate Bill S4396A

Signed by Governor

Authorizes directors of soil and water conservation districts to implement preventative and control measures for the spread of invasive species

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 26 / Mar / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 30 / Apr / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.469
  • 01 / May / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 06 / May / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 11 / Feb / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.168
  • 26 / Feb / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 27 / Feb / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 03 / Mar / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 03 / Mar / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 03 / Mar / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 21 / May / 2014
    • RECALLED FROM ASSEMBLY
  • 21 / May / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 21 / May / 2014
    • VOTE RECONSIDERED - RESTORED TO THIRD READING
  • 21 / May / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 4396A
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • REPASSED SENATE
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A9132A
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.187
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 01 / Aug / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 11 / Aug / 2014
    • SIGNED CHAP.293

Summary

Authorizes directors of soil and water conservation districts to implement preventative and control measures for the spread of invasive species.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9132A
Versions:
S4396
S4396A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Soil and Water Conservation Districts Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง9, Cons Dists L

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BILL NUMBER:S4396A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the soil and water conservation
districts law, in relation to authorizing directors of soil and water
conservation districts to carry out preventative and control measures
for the spread of invasive species

PURPOSE:

Authorizes directors of soil and water conservation districts to
imple- ment preventative and control measures for the spread of
invasive species.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends Section 9 of the soil and water
conservation districts law by adding a new subdivision 16 allowing
soil and water conservation districts to carry out preventative and
control measures for the spread of invasive species in the commitment
to the principles and practices of preservation and conservation of
the soil and water resources of this state and to the policies set
forth in section two of the current chapter.

Section 2 of the bill provides for an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Invasive species pose a significant threat to our state's natural
resources because they can threaten natural habitats, displace or
eradicate native species, and contaminate our waters, forests and
farms. Soil and Water Conservation Districts have proven to be an
invaluable tool in preserving and protecting New York's soil, water
and other natural resources.

In 2012, 24 of 58 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs)
reported involvement in invasive species control. Of those, 62
projects were to combat invasive weeds. Further, in 2012, SWCDs
treated 6,551.5 acres for invasive species.

Warren County SWCD is combating Asian clams in Lake George, while
Tompkins SWCD is addressing the Hydrilla in Cayuga Lake. The Onondaga
SWCD is heavily involved in the efforts to inventory and treat trees
impacted by the notorious Emerald Ashe Borer.

Other well known invasives being addressed by SWCDs include: the Spiny
Water Flea, Eurasian Water Milfoil, Asian Longhorned Beetle, Purple
Loosestrife, Giant Hog Weed, Japanese Knotweed, Black Swallow Wart,
Japanese Honeysuckle, Mile a Minute Vine, Garlic mustard, Viburum Leaf
Beetle, and the European Borer.

The State's SWCDs are sought after by municipalities, farmers, and the
general public, and a natural fit for Invasive Species control due to
their technical ability to identify, eradicate and control the spread
of invasives. In addition, SWCDs, as nonregulatory entities, are able
to access private and public lands, as well as write and administer
grants for education and eradication programs.


As the challenges of invasives grows, and continue to spread
throughout the state, the demand for SWCDs technical knowledge will
only increase. When the Department of Conservation's staffing cuts are
also taken into account, the SWCDs involvement with helping to stop
invasives is even more critical.

At the request of the SWCDs, this legislation provides statutory
authority for them to continue preventative and control measures, such
as the remediation and education programs already implemented. These
programs focus on identification, eradication, prevention and
education about invasives. This legislation will ensure that they can
continue to provide these critical services.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013: S.4396 PASSED SENATE

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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

                                 4396--A
    Cal. No. 168

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 26, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced   by  Sens.  YOUNG,  MARCHIONE,  MAZIARZ,  NOZZOLIO,  O'MARA,
  RITCHIE, VALESKY -- (at request of the Legislative Commission on Rural
  Resources) -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed  to  be
  committed  to the Committee on Environmental Conservation -- recommit-
  ted to the Committee on Environmental Conservation in accordance  with
  Senate  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  reported favorably from said committee,
  ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, passed
  by Senate and delivered to the Assembly, recalled, vote  reconsidered,
  restored  to  third  reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining
  its place in the order of third reading

AN ACT to amend the  soil  and  water  conservation  districts  law,  in
  relation  to  authorizing  directors  of  soil  and water conservation
  districts to carry out  preventative  and  control  measures  for  the
  spread of invasive species

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

  Section 1. Section 9 of the soil and water conservation districts  law
is amended by adding a new subdivision 16 to read as follows:
  (16)  TO CARRY OUT PREVENTATIVE AND CONTROL MEASURES FOR THE SPREAD OF
PROHIBITED AND REGULATED SPECIES PURSUANT TO SECTION 9-1709 OF THE ENVI-
RONMENTAL CONSERVATION LAW.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04344-03-4

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