senate Bill S4503A

Amended

Enacts the flood mitigation council act

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  • 05 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 23 / May / 2013
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 23 / May / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 4503A
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 24 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 24 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 4503B
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Establishes the flood mitigation and prevention task force to evaluate ways of protecting communities and residents of the state from flooding.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6537A
Versions:
S4503
S4503A
S4503B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Versions Introduced in 2013-2014 Legislative Cycle:
A6537

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BILL NUMBER:S4503A

TITLE OF BILL: An act relating to establishing the flood mitigation
and prevention task force; and providing for the repeal of such
provisions upon the expiration thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To establish a flood mitigation and
flood prevention task force based within the New York State Department
of Environmental Conservation, including representatives of various
agencies and local government officials, to identify regions most
affected by flooding, prioritize mitigation efforts, identify sources
of funding, and support additional research on mitigation efforts.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 establishes the flood mitigation task force with eleven
members consisting of the commissioner of the department environmental
conservation or his/her designee, the commissioner of general services
or his/her designee, the commissioner of the department of
transportation or his/ her designee, the director of the state
emergency management office or his/her designee, the commissioner of
the New York state division of homeland security or his/her designee,
two members appointed by the speaker of the assembly, one member
appointed by the minority leader of the senate, one member appointed
by the minority leader of the assembly and two members appointed by
the temporary president of the senate.

Subsection 2 sets forth that the task force should include members
representing flood-prone municipalities and counties.

Subsection 3 states that members will not receive any compensation but
will be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses sustained in the
course of their duties.

Subsection 4 requires the task force meet no less than four times at
the call of the chairperson.

Subsection 5 provides that any vacancies should be filled by ways of
the initial appointment.

Subsection 6 authorizes the task force to hold public hearings and
meetings.

Subsection 7 allows the task force to consult with organizations like
the army corps of engineers to help develop the report required by
subdivision 10 of this section.

Subsection 8 requires the department of environmental conservation to
provide the necessary facilities, data and assistance to allow the
task force to carry out its responsibilities.

Subsection 9 establishes the purpose of the flood mitigation/task
force to evaluate ways of protecting New York's communities and
residents from flooding including inland flooding.

Subsection 10 states that no later than December 31, 2015 the task
force shall submit a report to the temporary president of the senate,


the speaker of the assembly and the governor. The report must contain
an evaluation of the severity of the flooding, criteria and guidelines
for identifying regions and projects, most in need of mitigation,
identification of possible funding sources, research studies to better
understand how flooding effects the geography and population of the
state and recommendations to the governor and state legislature on how
the state should use resources to prevent or mitigate flooding.

Section 2 sets an immediate effective date

JUSTIFICATION: The increasing frequency and severity of flooding
throughout the state has underscored the need for greater coordination
of efforts among levels of government, agencies, and regions with
responsibilities to address flooding. This bill begins to address this
deficiency

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To Be Determined (Fiscal Note Required)

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2016

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

                                 4503--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 5, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. LATIMER, TKACZYK -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to  the  Committee  on  Environmental
  Conservation  -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted
  as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT relating to establishing the flood mitigation and prevention task
  force; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the  expi-
  ration thereof

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

  Section 1. 1. There is hereby established in the department  of  envi-
ronmental  conservation  a  flood  mitigation  and prevention task force
("task force") to consist of eleven members who shall  be  appointed  as
follows:
  (a)  the  commissioner  of  environmental  conservation  or his or her
designee;
  (b) the commissioner of general services or his or her designee;
  (c) the commissioner of the department of transportation or his or her
designee;
  (d) the director of the state emergency management office  or  his  or
her designee;
  (e)  the commissioner of the New York state division of homeland secu-
rity and emergency services or his or her designee;
  (f) two members to be appointed by the speaker of the assembly;
  (g) one member to be appointed by the minority leader of the senate;
  (h) one member to be appointed by the minority leader of the assembly;
  (i) two members to be appointed by  the  temporary  president  of  the
senate;
  2.  The  at-large  members  should  include  individuals who represent
flood-prone municipalities and counties.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09320-08-3

S. 4503--A                          2

  3. Task force members shall receive no compensation for their services
but shall be reimbursed for actual, necessary expenses incurred  in  the
performance of their duties.
  4.  The  chairperson  of  the  task force shall be the commissioner of
environmental conservation or his or her designee. The task force  shall
meet no less than four times at the call of the chairperson.
  5.  Any  vacancies  on  the  task  force shall be filled in the manner
provided for in the initial appointment.
  6. The task force shall be authorized  to  hold  public  hearings  and
meetings to enable it to accomplish its duties.
  7.  The  task  force  may  consult  with any organization, educational
institution, other government entity or agency or person including,  but
not  limited  to, the army corps of engineers, in the development of the
report required by subdivision 10 of this section.
  8. The department of environmental conservation shall provide the task
force with such facilities, assistance and data as will enable the  task
force  to carry out its powers and duties. Additionally, all other agen-
cies of the state or subdivisions thereof may, at  the  request  of  the
chairperson, provide the task force with such facilities, assistance and
data as will enable the task force to carry out its powers and duties.
  9.  The purpose of the flood mitigation/prevention task force shall be
to evaluate ways of protecting New York's communities and residents from
flooding, including inland flooding, and  applying  the  best  available
science and research to examine flooding-related issues and impacts.
  10.  No later than December 31, 2015, the task force shall transmit to
the governor, the temporary president of the senate and the  speaker  of
the assembly a report containing:
  (a) an assessment of the extent and magnitude of the problem statewide
caused  by flooding, including identifying those regions and populations
most affected by flooding;
  (b) criteria and guidelines for identifying and  prioritizing  regions
and projects most in need of mitigation;
  (c)  identification  of existing and emerging technologies, strategies
and concepts which can mitigate the impact of  flooding  on  populations
and infrastructure;
  (d)  identification  of  potential funding sources to support residen-
tial, commercial and public mitigation efforts;
  (e) research projects or studies to  better  understand  how  flooding
affects the geography and the population of this state; and
  (f)  recommendations  to the governor and the state legislature on how
the state can best use its resources to assist flood-prone counties  and
municipalities to prevent or mitigate the effects of flooding.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed January 1, 2016.

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