senate Bill S2051

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Authorizes local governments to adopt a local law or ordinance requiring property owners to replace trees removed from their property

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 20, 2014 committed to rules
May 05, 2014 advanced to third reading
Apr 30, 2014 2nd report cal.
Apr 29, 2014 1st report cal.394
Mar 03, 2014 notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 08, 2014 referred to environmental conservation
Apr 16, 2013 defeated in environmental conservation
Mar 11, 2013 notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 10, 2013 referred to environmental conservation

Votes

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Apr 29, 2014 - Environmental Conservation committee Vote

S2051
5
5
committee
5
Aye
5
Nay
3
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Environmental Conservation Committee Vote: Apr 29, 2014

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Jun 4, 2013 - Environmental Conservation committee Vote

S2051
5
7
committee
5
Aye
7
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Environmental Conservation Committee Vote: Jun 4, 2013

Apr 16, 2013 - Environmental Conservation committee Vote

S2051
5
7
committee
5
Aye
7
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Environmental Conservation Committee Vote: Apr 16, 2013

S2051 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6600
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §9-1505, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
A8684

S2051 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes local governments to adopt a local law or ordinance requiring property owners to replace each tree removed from their property with up to three trees and authorizes the imposition of property tax credits and reasonable fines.

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BILL NUMBER:S2051

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend
the environmental conservation law, in relation to authorizing local
governments to require property owners to replace trees which are
removed

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill allows
local governments to
adopt a local low or ordinance requiring property owners to replace
trees removed from their property.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Any local government
is authorized and
empowered to adopt a local law or ordinance requiring a property
owner to plant trees in replacement of trees removed from the
property owner's property. Such local law or ordinance many require
the property owner to plant up to three trees for each tree removed
and may include property tax credits and reasonable fines as
determined by the municipality.

EXISTING LAW: This legislation will add a section to
the Environmental
Law to Title 15 - (91501 - 9-1503) REMOVAL OF TREES AND PROTECTED
PLANTS to include § 9-1505

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation, "Kent's Law" as
suggested by Kent
Iarocci, resident of Rye, New York plays an important role in
protecting our environment by providing for the replenishment of
trees in a community. We hear about what is commonly referred to as
"Global Warming" and some reports have shown a devastating effect of
what only a few degrees changing in temperature can do to life forms
in our oceans. Our communities must take ownership of this problem
and search for ways to help restore the eco-systems and environment
that surrounds us. Increasing the number of trees will aid to filter
the air, hence producing a higher quality of oxygen while reducing
atmospheric gases such as carbon dioxide. It is also important to
remember what is commonly acknowledged as the "Greenhouse Effect".
The greenhouse effect is the heating of the surface of our planet due
to the presence of increased atmospheric gases such as carbon
dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide absorb and then emits radiation
whereby serving to destroy the ozone layer. The destruction of the
ozone layer reduces the level of protection from ultraviolet
radiation which all life forms need to survive. The replenishing of
trees aids to reverse the adverse conditions brought
on by the "Green House Effect" while also making a community more
physically appealing. This legislation will also create jobs and tax
revenue for local communities.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-2012 (Latimer)
Referred to
Environmental Conservation Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Nominal cost for income tax
credits

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act will take effect immediately.

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

                                  2051

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 10, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. LATIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation

AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
  authorizing  local  governments  to require property owners to replace
  trees which are removed

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

  Section  1.  The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a
new section 9-1505 to read as follows:
S 9-1505. REPLACEMENT OF TREES.
  ANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT IS AUTHORIZED AND EMPOWERED TO ADOPT A LOCAL  LAW
OR ORDINANCE REQUIRING A PROPERTY OWNER TO PLANT TREES IN REPLACEMENT OF
TREES  REMOVED  FROM  THE  PROPERTY  OWNER'S PROPERTY. SUCH LOCAL LAW OR
ORDINANCE MAY REQUIRE THE PROPERTY OWNER TO PLANT UP TO THREE TREES  FOR
EACH  TREE  REMOVED  AND MAY INCLUDE PROPERTY TAX CREDITS AND REASONABLE
FINES AS DETERMINED BY THE MUNICIPALITY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05131-01-3

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