senate Bill S7180

Signed by Governor

Relates to encouraging community-based organizations to increase opportunities for seniors to participate in community gardens

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 02 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1219
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A9381
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.367
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 05 / Dec / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 17 / Dec / 2014
    • SIGNED CHAP.525
  • 17 / Dec / 2014
    • APPROVAL MEMO.25

Summary

Relates to encouraging community-based organizations to increase opportunities for seniors to participate in community gardens.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9381
Versions:
S7180
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง31-j & 31-h, Ag & Mkts L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7180

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to encouraging community-based organizations to increase
opportunities for seniors to participate in community gardens

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

The purpose of this bill is to encourage seniors to participate in
community gardens.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

This bill would

*expand the goals of the Community Garden Task Force to include
encouraging community-based organizations to increase opportunities
for seniors to participate in community gardens and

*include seniors centers and the elderly as being eligible for
assistance, support, and cooperation from the Office of Community
Gardens.

JUSTIFICATION:

Fresh fruits and vegetables are integral to the health of our seniors
and community gardens are vital to the health of our neighborhoods.
These green spaces provide opportunities for seniors to pass on their
knowledge and love of growing things to others, for children and
seniors to come together to learn new techniques and grow foods for
the first time, and for communities to take control of their nutrition
and health by growing locally. Ethnically diverse communities can
celebrate their heritage by growing plants that contribute to unique
dishes. Seniors especially have a lot to offer community gardens, but
they can also benefit from community gardens. Community gardens
promote involvement in the neighborhood and help maintain an active
lifestyle. This, in turn, helps stave off Alzheimer's disease,
dementia, and depression. The benefits of community gardens are
far-reaching and undeniable.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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

                                  7180

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 2, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture

AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to  encour-
  aging  community-based  organizations  to  increase  opportunities for
  seniors to participate in community gardens

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

  Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 4 of section 31-j of the agri-
culture and markets law, as added by chapter 528 of the laws of 2013, is
amended to read as follows:
  (a)  The  goals of the task force may include, but are not limited to,
the study, evaluation and development of recommendations: (i) to encour-
age the establishment and expansion of community gardens by state  agen-
cies, municipal governments and private parties, (ii) to encourage coop-
eration  between  the activities and operations of community gardens and
provision of donated food to local voluntary  food  assistance  programs
for  the  poor  and  disadvantaged, [and] (iii) to increase the benefits
that community gardens may provide to the local community in which  they
are  located,  AND  (IV)  TO  ENCOURAGE COOPERATION WITH COMMUNITY-BASED
ORGANIZATIONS TO INCREASE THE  OPPORTUNITIES  FOR  SENIORS,  THOSE  AGED
SIXTY-TWO YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY GARDENS.
  S  2.  Paragraph e of subdivision 2 of section 31-h of the agriculture
and markets law, as added by chapter 528 of the laws of 2013, is amended
to read as follows:
  e. Assist, support and encourage contact and cooperation between,  and
the  cooperative  sharing  of resources between community garden groups,
school garden programs and local  voluntary  food  assistance  programs,
such  as  community  food  pantries,  soup kitchens, SENIOR CENTERS, and
other  community  and  not-for-profit  organizations  that  provide   or
distribute  food  to  the ELDERLY, poor, and disadvantaged. Such support
can include the provision of surplus  community  garden  food  or  other
agricultural  products to such local voluntary food assistance programs;
and
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14599-01-4

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