Public Hearing set for Farm Labor Death Bill


Albany, NY – The State Senate Agriculture Committee has set a public hearing on the Farm Labor Death Bill for Monday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Hearing Room A of the Legislative Office Building.

“The public hearing is an open, transparent way to conduct the people’s business. While I strongly oppose the proposed legislation, I am looking forward to listening to both sides of the issue,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

“The public hearing will hopefully bring the Senate sponsors of the legislation, downstate legislators who have little understanding of the agriculture industry, to their senses.  These damaging proposals will force local farms to eliminate farm workers and even go out of business.”

The State Senate Labor Committee discharged the bill on January 21 to the Agriculture Committee after Senator Ranzenhofer and others pressed to review the legislation since the bill affects the agricultural industry.

The Farm Labor Death Bill (S.2247-B) would impose $200 million in mandates on New York’s family farms.  The legislation would grant collective bargaining rights and overtime pay to farm workers. 

Senator Ranzenhofer has been serving in the State Senate since 2009.  He represents the 61st District which includes part of the city of Tonawanda, the Towns of Amherst, Clarence, Newstead and Tonawanda in Erie County and all of Genesee County.