senate Bill S2485

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to the wood products development council and contracts for timber or other forest products

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 14, 2012 referred to agriculture
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Feb 07, 2012 advanced to third reading
Feb 06, 2012 2nd report cal.
Jan 31, 2012 1st report cal.146
Jan 04, 2012 referred to agriculture
returned to senate
died in assembly
Mar 09, 2011 referred to agriculture
Mar 08, 2011 delivered to assembly
passed senate
Feb 28, 2011 advanced to third reading
Feb 15, 2011 2nd report cal.
Feb 14, 2011 1st report cal.92
Jan 24, 2011 referred to agriculture

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Jan 31, 2012 - Agriculture committee Vote

S2485
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2
committee
7
Aye
2
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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Agriculture Committee Vote: Jan 31, 2012

nay (2)
excused (1)

Feb 14, 2011 - Agriculture committee Vote

S2485
10
0
committee
10
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Agriculture Committee Vote: Feb 14, 2011

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S2485 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A444
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §225, Ag & Mkts L; amd §9-0505, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
A11715

S2485 - Bill Texts

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Directs the wood products development council to work to improve public understanding of the timber industry and authorizes the department of environmental conservation to execute contracts for timber or other forest products valued at under $50,000 without approval from the state comptroller.

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BILL NUMBER:S2485

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend
the agriculture and markets law, in relation to the wood products
development council; and to amend the environmental conservation law, in
relation to contracts for timber or other forest products

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This bill would ease burdensome contacting requirements currently
required in order to gain permission from the Department of
Environmental Conservation (DEC) to harvest timber on state lands

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Subdivision 2 of Section 225 of the agriculture and markets law is
amended to clarify that the New York State Wood Products Council
should work to enhance the timber industry in New York State

Section 9-0505 of the environmental conservation law is amended to
allow DEC to have sole contract authority over forestry projects on
non-protected state lands that have a timber value under $50,000

JUSTIFICATION:

Currently, any contract of more than $10,000 to harvest timber on
non-protected state lands must be approved by DEC and the State
Comptroller's office. This dual review procedure can be overly time
consuming and many times pushes the date for project initiation back
by months as the contract wends its way through the bureaucracy of
two state agencies. This frustration is compounded by the fact that
the current contract threshold is very low and requires extremely
small forestry projects to be held up without need

This new legislation would provide breathing room for the forestry
industry and DEC by increasing the threshold for dual oversight over
forestry projects from $10,000 to $50,000. As a result, any project
with a contract of under $50,000 would be needed to be approved by
only DEC

This proposal essentially mirrors language put forth by DEC in the
Governor's 2010/2011 Executive Budget proposal

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
A.11715 of 2010.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2485

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 24, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LITTLE -- 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 the wood
  products development council; and to amend the environmental conserva-
  tion law, in relation to contracts for timber or other forest products

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 225 of the agriculture and markets
law,  as added by chapter 325 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as
follows:
  2. The council shall work with wood-using  manufacturers  to  increase
the  economic  contributions and employment opportunities related to the
practice of forestry and manufacture of wood products in New York state.
The council shall give priority  to  increasing  private  investment  in
working forests; maintaining access to working and family forests; coor-
dinating  policy and permitting issues with state agencies, academia and
the private sector; working  to  improve  public  understanding  of  and
appreciation  for forestry, THE TIMBER INDUSTRY and forest products; and
increasing export and market opportunities for New York forest products.
The council shall deliver an annual report outlining its work and making
recommendations with regard to economic development and marketing initi-
atives and research and  development  initiatives  consistent  with  the
purposes  of the council. The report shall be delivered to the governor,
the speaker of the assembly, the temporary president of the senate,  the
minority leader of the assembly and the minority leader of the senate.
  S  2.  Section 9-0505 of the environmental conservation law is amended
by adding a new subdivision 5 to read as follows:
  5. NOTWITHSTANDING SUBDIVISION THREE OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED TWELVE  OF
THE  STATE  FINANCE  LAW,  IF THE VALUE OR ESTIMATED VALUE OF THE TREES,
TIMBER OR OTHER FOREST PRODUCTS DOES NOT EXCEED FIFTY THOUSAND  DOLLARS,
THE  CONTRACT  MAY  BE EXECUTED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND SHALL BE VALID AND
ENFORCEABLE WITHOUT FIRST BEING APPROVED BY THE  STATE  COMPTROLLER  AND
FILED IN HIS OR HER OFFICE.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03573-01-1

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