Statement on 'Farm Labor Death Bill'


Albany, NY –  State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer and his colleagues led the effort to defeat the Farm Labor Death Bill earlier this morning.  The State Senate Agriculture Committee has voted down Senate Bill No. 2247 by a six to three vote, preventing the legislation from moving to the Senate floor for a vote or being released to another committee for consideration.

Senator Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

“Today’s defeat of the Farm Labor Death Bill represents a major victory for many of the family farms and residents of Genesee County.  Together, we stood up to downstate legislators and special interests who do not understand the economic realities of agriculture.

The Farm Labor Death Bill would have imposed $200 million in mandates on New York’s family farms by granting collective bargaining rights and overtime pay to farm workers.  Even worse, the legislation would have forced farms to eliminate jobs and go out of the business.

At the end of the day, our efforts to hold a public hearing and refer the legislation to the Agriculture Committee stopped another job-killing proposal from becoming law.”