senate Bill S6630

Amended

Relates to hunting in the county of Suffolk and the requirement that towns issue hunting permits

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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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  • 19 / Feb / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 13 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.624
  • 14 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 19 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 6630A
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 6630B
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A8822B

Summary

Relates to hunting in the county of Suffolk and the requirement that towns issue hunting permits.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8822
Versions:
S6630
S6630A
S6630B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง11-0903, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2013-2014 Legislative Cycle:
A8822, A8822

Votes

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9
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2
Nay
2
aye with reservations
0
absent
0
excused
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abstained
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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6630

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in
relation to hunting in Suffolk county

PURPOSE:

Relates to hunting in the County of Suffolk and the requirement that
towns issue hunting permits.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Amends Section 11-0903 of the Environmental Conservation Law to allow
towns in Suffolk County to adopt a local law to forgo the requirements
to issue permits to take deer.

JUSTIFICATION:

The recent population explosion of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus
virginianus) on Eastern Long Island threatens public health, public
safety, personal property, and the environment. Local municipal deer
management plans describe the uncontrolled increase in population as
an emergency, crisis situation, requiring immediate action.

There are several indicators of the crisis. Tick borne illnesses such
as Lyme disease, Babisiosis and Ehrlichiosis have increased
exponentially. The incidence of reported deer/vehicle collisions on
eastern Long Island has increased. The incidence of property damage
complaints has increased, including huge financial losses to the
region's critical agricultural economy.

Environmentally speaking, the preserved lands and native landscapes of
the East End are being destroyed. Increased browsing on deer-preferred
plants has changed the type and species of plants that can survive and
withstand the destruction. Rare wildflowers and common native
herbaceous plants have declined. Forested lands show a clear browse
line, and tree saplings are now not surviving. Intense browsing of
native species has also led to an increase in invasive plant species
which cause even further destruction to natural habitats. The
environmental changes in and degradation of these native habitats
displaces wildlife. These long-term changes adversely impact the
integrity of eastern Long Island's ecosystems. Without controlling
the deer population, human health and safety will continue to be put
in jeopardy.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2014: New Legislation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


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

    S. 6630                                                  A. 8822

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                            February 19, 2014
                               ___________

IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered print-
  ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental
  Conservation

IN  ASSEMBLY  -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE, PALUMBO -- read once and
  referred to the Committee on Environmental Conservation

AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to hunt-
  ing in Suffolk county

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

  Section  1. Paragraphs b, c, d, e, f and g of subdivision 7 of section
11-0903 of the environmental conservation law are relettered  paragraphs
c, d, e, f, g and h.
  S  2.  Paragraphs  a  and c of subdivision 7 of section 11-0903 of the
environmental conservation law, paragraph c as amended by section 35  of
part  F  of  chapter 82 of the laws of 2002 and as relettered by section
one of this act, such subdivision as renumbered by chapter  911  of  the
laws of 1990, are amended to read as follows:
  a.  [Such] IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY, SUCH season shall not include Satur-
days or Sundays [and];
  B. SUCH SEASON shall not commence earlier than during the  first  full
week in January nor shall it continue later than January 31 in any year;
  c.  Deer  may  be  taken  only by holders of a license authorizing the
taking of big game who have also obtained a special permit  provided  by
the  department  and  issued  by  the town clerk of each town where such
season is fixed; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, IN SUFFOLK COUNTY  A  TOWN  MAY,  BY
LOCAL LAW, FOREGO THE REQUIREMENTS TO ISSUE PERMITS;
  S  3.  a.  Any local law authorizing   a town to opt out of the permit
requirements established by section 11-0903 of the environmental conser-
vation law must be passed by the local legislature prior to March  first
and  shall  apply  to  all  special seasons established pursuant to such
section that commence  after  such  passage  until  such  local  law  is
repealed.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13838-01-4

S. 6630                             2                            A. 8822

  b.  Any  town  that  opts  out  of  the permit requirements of section
11-0903 of the environmental conservation law shall notify  the  depart-
ment of the passage of the local law authorizing such action by the town
on  the same date that the town sends notification of the final adoption
of  such  local law to the department of state pursuant to section twen-
ty-seven of the municipal home rule law.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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