senate Bill S7920

Relates to time periods for state environmental quality review

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  • Introduced
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
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  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO RULES

Summary

Relates to time periods for state environmental quality review.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9552
Versions:
S7920
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง8-0107, En Con L

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BILL NUMBER:S7920

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in
relation to time periods regarding state environmental quality review

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS OF BILL: Wording is added to Section 8-0107 of
the environmental conservation law, as added by chapter 612 of the
laws of 1975 to make time periods set forth or established pursuant to
a regulation shall be mandatory and are not subject to extension.

JUSTIFICATION: While the intent of the State Environmental Quality
Review law (SEQR) is not in dispute, it is clear that the process
could use some reform in an effort to reduce costly delays in the
process of approving developmental projects. In parts of the state,
SEQR has been used more as a means of stopping development instead of
as a blue print for growth. This bill would set out exact mandatory
timelines which will give developers and local agencies a more clear
understanding of when and how these projects get finalized.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: This shall take effect immediately.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined

EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill shall take effect immediately

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

                                  7920

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 19, 2014
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to  time
  periods regarding state environmental quality review

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

  Section 1. Section 8-0107 of the environmental  conservation  law,  as
added by chapter 612 of the laws of 1975, is amended to read as follows:
S 8-0107. Agency implementation.
  All  agencies shall review their present statutory authority, adminis-
trative regulations, and current policies and procedures for the purpose
of determining whether there are  any  deficiencies  or  inconsistencies
therein  which prohibit full compliance with the purposes and provisions
of this article, and shall recommend or effect such measures as  may  be
necessary to bring their authority and policies into conformity with the
intent,  purposes,  and procedures set forth in this article. They shall
carry out its terms with minimum procedural  and  administrative  delay,
shall avoid unnecessary duplication of reporting and review requirements
by  providing, where feasible, for combined or consolidated proceedings,
and shall expedite all proceedings hereunder in the interests of  prompt
review.   TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN THIS ARTICLE OR ESTABLISHED PURSUANT
TO REGULATION SHALL BE MANDATORY AND ARE NOT SUBJECT TO  ANY  PERIOD  OF
EXTENSION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15031-01-4

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