senate Bill S2700

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to certain requirements of the contractor for the state travel guide

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to commerce, economic development and small business
Jan 28, 2011 referred to commerce, economic development and small business

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S2700 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6811
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Economic Development Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §100, Ec Dev L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S1329, S6673, A4277, A9545

S2700 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes the commissioner of economic development together with the commissioner of agriculture and markets to devise a program to promote and distribute statewide and regional guides to farms, farmers markets and other agriculturally significant tourist destinations.

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BILL NUMBER:S2700

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the economic development law, in relation to authorizing the
commissioner of economic development
to develop certain regulations regarding the state travel
guide

PURPOSE:
To promote New York farms and farmers' markets as part of the "I Love
New York" tourism campaign:

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Adds a paragraph (c) to subdivision 15 of section 100 of the Economic
Development Law. This law would authorize the Commissioner of
Economic Development in cooperation with the Commissioner of
Agriculture and Markets to develop a program to promote and
distribute statewide and regional guides to farms, farmers markets
and other agriculturally significant tourist destinations. These
guides could be those already developed by Agriculture and Markets as
part of travel guides created by the contractor.

JUSTIFICATION:
Farmers' markets, farm stands, farm tours, hay rides, harvest
festivals and other agricultural enterprises are crucial to the
economic survival of farming in many areas of the State. The economic
benefits from agritourism and retail food sales are also important to
the communities where these activities take place, including urban
neighborhoods surrounding a successful farmers' market. Promotional
efforts are vital but often difficult for farm families and
not-for-profit sponsors of farmers' markets.

The tourists who discover these business usually become loyal
customers and actively seek out similar destinations. However, many
potential visitors to different regions of he State are not aware of
all our agricultural treasures. The Department of Agriculture and
Markets produces a guide to New York farm-fresh food but most tourist
contact the Department of Economic Development's "I Love New York"
program for information. This bill would ensure that when people call
for travel information they are provided with or informed of the
availability of agricultural guides for the regions of the State
where they live or are planning to visit.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
1997-1998: S.2846B/A.4833B
1999-2000: S.5294/A.5950
2001-2002: S.536/A.746
2003-2004: S.193/A.676
2005-2006: A.3718
2007-2008: S.8129 Serrano - Referred to Commerce,
Economic Development and Small Business
2008-2009: S.1329 Serrano - Passed the Legislature,
Vetoed by the Governor

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:


Increased requests for guides may require increased State printing and
mailing costs which could also occur under existing law.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2700

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 28, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. SERRANO, ADAMS, BONACIC, DIAZ, PERKINS, VALESKY --
  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 authorizing
  the  commissioner  of  economic  development  to develop certain regu-
  lations regarding the state travel guide

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

  Section  1.  Paragraph  (b)  of  subdivision  15 of section 100 of the
economic development law, as amended by chapter 446 of the laws of 1990,
is amended and a new paragraph (c) is added to read as follows:
  (b) in the discharge of this power, the commissioner may enter into  a
contract  for  publication  of  a state travel guide to promote tourism.
Such contract may provide for the sale of advertising by the contractor.
A contract for publication of a state  travel  guide  shall  be  awarded
following  consideration  of  factors  which  shall  include, but not be
limited to, the most favorable financial advantage for  the  state,  the
best  representation  of the state of New York and its services, and the
greatest utility to the traveller.   The commissioner  shall  promulgate
regulations  by  the first day of November next succeeding the effective
date of this paragraph to guide the preparation of bids  and  the  dead-
lines  for  selection  of  a competent contractor and publication of the
state travel guide. The regulations shall, at a minimum, limit advertis-
ing content to no more than thirty percent of the  space  available  and
establish  responsibility  for  preparation and placement of appropriate
editorial content and an  equitable  listing  without  charge  or  other
consideration  of attractions and activities available to the tourist in
New York state. Such regulations  shall  provide  for  approval  of  the
commissioner  at  critical  stages of state travel guide development and
advertising standards and rates.  Furthermore,  such  regulations  shall
provide  minimum  financial  terms and responsibilities of the state and

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00247-01-1

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the  contractor,  the  allocation  of  any  revenues  derived  from  the
production of the travel guide and securities which shall be required of
the contractor[.];
  (C)  IN  COOPERATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS,
THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DEVELOP  A  PROGRAM  TO  PROMOTE  AND  DISTRIBUTE
STATEWIDE  AND REGIONAL GUIDES TO FARMS, FARMERS MARKETS AND OTHER AGRI-
CULTURALLY SIGNIFICANT TOURIST DESTINATIONS. THESE GUIDES MAY BE  DEVEL-
OPED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN COOPERATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
AND MARKETS OR THE GUIDES MAY BE DEVELOPED EXCLUSIVELY BY THE DEPARTMENT
OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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