senate Bill S2520

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Establishes the empire state baseball trails program

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Jan 18, 2012 reported and committed to finance
Jan 04, 2012 referred to commerce, economic development and small business
May 03, 2011 reported and committed to finance
Jan 24, 2011 referred to commerce, economic development and small business

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Jan 18, 2012 - Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business committee Vote

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Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee Vote: Jan 18, 2012

May 3, 2011 - Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business committee Vote

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Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee Vote: May 3, 2011

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S2520 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Economic Development Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 5-F §§181-f - 181-h, Ec Dev L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S4417

S2520 - Bill Texts

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Establishes the empire state baseball trails program.

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BILL NUMBER:S2520

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the economic development law, in relation to creating the
Empire State baseball trails program

PURPOSE:
To develop within the Department of Economic Development an Empire
State Baseball Trails program to promote tourism around the theme of
minor league baseball in New York.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one of the bill sets forth the Legislature's intent to
increase tourism and economic development by increasing public
awareness of New York's thirteen minor league and independent league
baseball teams, the teams' game schedules and other baseball
attractions. Section two of the bill directs the Commissioner to
create a baseball trails program.

§ 2 provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
Professional baseball has historically played an important role in the
economic and cultural life of the state. The public is generally
familiar with the two Major League Baseball teams in New York City,
as well as with the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. There is
much less public awareness that New York State is also the home of
thirteen minor league or independent league teams throughout the
state. Teams are located in Auburn, Batavia, Binghamton, Brooklyn,
Buffalo, Jamestown, Long Island, Oneonta, Rochester, Staten Island,
Syracuse, Troy and Wappinger's Falls. Collectively, the teams play
hundreds of games annually, each of which could be a tourist
attraction event. Greater public awareness of these minor league and
independent league teams and their game schedules has the potential
to significantly add to the state's tourism trade.

The thirteen minor league and independent league teams are small
businesses themselves, and could help to draw in-state and
out-of-state tourists to their respective areas of New York, thereby
increasing hotel, restaurant and other tourist-related small
businesses.

A coordinated program of systematically promoting minor league and
independent league baseball as a New York tourist attraction could be
a valuable, cost effective tourist promotion and economic development
tool. Such a program may include other venues and
events such as Major League Baseball games and the Baseball Hall of
Fame in Cooperstown.

The Empire State Baseball Trails program is modeled on existing
statutory programs promoting the golf, wine and brewery industries in
New York. The program should be user friendly, easy to access and
easy to follow. The program should also link together other
attractions and venues along such trails in order to attract visitors
with a simple and efficient travel plan.


LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2008: S.8560/A.11288- Veto No. 101
2009-10: S.4417 - Referred to Commerce, Economic Development &
Small Business

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Minimal cost would be offset by increased sales tax generated by
greater economic activity.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have
become a law.

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

                                  2520

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 24, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. JOHNSON, GRISANTI, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and  when  printed  to  be  committed  to  the  Committee  on
  Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business

AN  ACT  to  amend the economic development law, in relation to creating
  the Empire State baseball trails program

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

  Section  1.  The  economic  development law is amended by adding a new
article 5-F to read as follows:
                               ARTICLE 5-F
                  EMPIRE STATE BASEBALL TRAILS PROGRAM
SECTION 181-F. LEGISLATIVE INTENT.
        181-G. DEFINITIONS.
        181-H. GENERAL FUNCTIONS, POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COMMISSIONER.
  S 181-F. LEGISLATIVE INTENT. THE LEGISLATURE RECOGNIZES  THAT  PROFES-
SIONAL BASEBALL HAS HISTORICALLY PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE ECONOM-
IC AND CULTURAL LIFE OF THE STATE. THE PUBLIC IS GENERALLY FAMILIAR WITH
THE  TWO  MAJOR LEAGUE TEAMS IN NEW YORK CITY, AS WELL AS WITH THE BASE-
BALL HALL OF FAME IN COOPERSTOWN. THERE IS MUCH  LESS  PUBLIC  AWARENESS
THAT  NEW  YORK  STATE  IS  ALSO THE HOME OF THIRTEEN PROFESSIONAL MINOR
LEAGUE AND INDEPENDENT LEAGUE TEAMS SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE STATE.  GREAT-
ER PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THESE TEAMS AND  THEIR  GAME  SCHEDULES  HAS  THE
POTENTIAL  TO  SIGNIFICANTLY ADD TO THE STATE'S TOURISM TRADE. THE MINOR
LEAGUE AND INDEPENDENT LEAGUE TEAMS ARE SMALL BUSINESSES THEMSELVES, AND
COULD HELP TO DRAW IN-STATE AND OUT-OF-STATE TOURISTS TO  THEIR  RESPEC-
TIVE  AREAS  OF NEW YORK, THEREBY INCREASING HOTEL, RESTAURANT AND OTHER
TOURIST RELATED SMALL BUSINESSES. IT IS, THEREFORE, THE INTENT  OF  THIS
LEGISLATURE  TO HAVE CREATED A PROGRAM WHICH WILL SYSTEMATICALLY PROMOTE
NEW YORK MINOR LEAGUE AND  INDEPENDENT  LEAGUE  BASEBALL  AS  A  TOURIST
ATTRACTION,  BY ESTABLISHING A BASEBALL TRAIL PROGRAM. IT IS THE FURTHER
INTENT OF THE LEGISLATURE THAT THESE TRAILS BE LINKED THEMATICALLY,  AND

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07165-01-1

S. 2520                             2

BE  CONSTRUED SO AS TO BE EASILY TRAVELED BY TOURISTS AND BASEBALL FANS.
THE LEGISLATURE SEEKS THE CREATION OF ITINERARIES TO AID TRAVELERS ALONG
BASEBALL TRAILS, WHICH ALSO LINK TOGETHER OTHER ATTRACTIONS  AND  VENUES
ALONG  SAID  TRAILS IN ORDER TO ATTRACT VISITORS WITH A SIMPLE AND EFFI-
CIENT TRAVEL PLAN. FURTHER IT IS THE INTENT OF THIS LEGISLATURE  TO  SEE
THAT  THESE TRAILS ARE ADEQUATELY SIGNED SO THAT TRAVELERS MAY INDEPEND-
ENTLY FOLLOW THE TRAIL WITH EASE.
  S 181-G. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN  THIS  ARTICLE  THE  FOLLOWING  DEFI-
NITIONS SHALL APPLY:
  1.  "BASEBALL  TRAIL"  SHALL  MEAN  A  SERIES OF PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL
VENUES IDENTIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER, WHICH MAY BE LINKED BY GEOGRAPHIC
PROXIMITY AND ALIGNMENT, AND GAME SCHEDULES.
  2. "BASEBALL PASSPORT" SHALL MEAN  A  BOOKLET  OR  OTHER  PUBLICATION,
WHICH  IS  SPECIFIC  TO  THE  PROFESSIONAL  BASEBALL VENUES AND GAMES OR
SURROUNDING ATTRACTIONS ON A BASEBALL TRAIL, AND MAY  INCLUDE  DISCOUNTS
AND  OTHER  INCENTIVES  RELATED TO ATTENDING BASEBALL GAMES AND VISITING
THE BASEBALL VENUES AND ATTRACTIONS ON THE BASEBALL TRAIL.
  S 181-H. GENERAL FUNCTIONS, POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COMMISSIONER.  1.
THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL  DEVELOP  AND IMPLEMENT AN "I LOVE NY BASEBALL"
PROMOTION PROGRAM. THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE COMMISSION-
ER OF PARKS, RECREATION AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND ANY LOCAL  GOVERN-
MENT  OFFICIAL OR ENTITY, SHALL IDENTIFY A SERIES OF BASEBALL VENUES AND
GAMES TO BE PART OF A BASEBALL TRAIL. NO FEWER THAN TWO BASEBALL  TRAILS
SHOULD  BE  IDENTIFIED  FOR  THE PURPOSES OF THE PROGRAM. IN IDENTIFYING
SPECIFIC VENUES AND GAMES TO BE INCLUDED ON A  BASEBALL  TRAIL,  SPECIAL
CONSIDERATION  SHALL BE GIVEN TO THOSE TRAILS WHICH PROMOTE MINOR LEAGUE
AND INDEPENDENT LEAGUE BASEBALL. SPECIAL  CONSIDERATION  SHALL  ALSO  BE
GIVEN  TO  TRAILS  WHICH  CAN  BE  LINKED TO SURROUNDING ARTS, CULTURAL,
HISTORICAL, ENTERTAINMENT OR OTHER TOURISM DESTINATIONS OR  EXHIBITS  OF
INTEREST TO TRAVELERS.
  2.  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL  CAUSE  TO BE DEVELOPED BASEBALL VACATION
ITINERARIES BASED ON SPECIFIC BASEBALL TRAILS, WHICH SHALL IDENTIFY  FOR
VISITORS  BASEBALL GAMES AND SURROUNDING ATTRACTIONS, RESTAURANTS, LODG-
ING AND OTHER EXHIBITS OR PLACES OF ENTERTAINMENT AS MAY BE  A  PART  OF
THE THEME LINKING THE BASEBALL VENUES ON THE BASEBALL TRAIL.
  3.  THE  COMMISSIONER SHALL WORK TO DEVELOP DISCOUNT PACKAGES FOR SUCH
BASEBALL TRAILS, WHICH MAY INCLUDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A  BASEBALL  PASS-
PORT.
  4.  NOTHING  SHALL  PRECLUDE THE COMMISSIONER FROM CONTRACTING WITH AN
INDEPENDENT VACATION OR TRAVEL PACKAGE COMPANY TO HELP DEVELOP  BASEBALL
VACATION PACKAGES ALONG A BASEBALL TRAIL.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.

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