senate Bill S4586

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Enacts the "bird-friendly building council act" to establish a council to promote the use of bird-friendly building materials and design features in buildings

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  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2014 referred to environmental conservation
Apr 12, 2013 referred to environmental conservation


S4586 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §3-0121, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S4204A, A6342A

S4586 - Summary

Enacts the "bird-friendly building council act" to establish a council to promote the use of bird-friendly building materials and design features in buildings; research the magnitude of problems facing birds colliding with buildings; identify existing and emerging products, technologies and concepts to reduce or eliminate bird mortality from building collisions; develop public awareness.

S4586 - Sponsor Memo

S4586 - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 12, 2013

Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- 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
  enacting the "bird-friendly building council act"


  Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
the "bird-friendly building council act".
  S 2. Legislative findings. The legislature finds that:
  (a)  a federal multi-agency report issued in 2009, entitled "The State
of the Birds, United States of America", provides the most comprehensive
assessment to date on the status of bird populations;
  (b) the multi-agency report concludes that nearly  one-third  of  this
nation's  800  bird species are endangered, threatened or in significant
  (c) daytime and nighttime collisions with man-made structures  is  the
most significant quantifiable cause of avian mortality and is increasing
with  adverse  effects  being  seen at a population level with estimates
ranging from several hundred million to one  billion  birds  dying  from
collisions annually in the United States;
  (d)  not  only  are birds beautiful, interesting and fascinating crea-
tures that are eagerly welcomed by  millions  of  Americans  into  their
backyards  every  year, but birds also have significant positive impacts
on the economies of the United States and New York state;
  (e) the United States Fish and  Wildlife  Service  has  reported  that
birdwatchers contribute thirty-six billion dollars annually to the econ-
omy,  and  birds  naturally  provide  billions  of dollars worth of pest
control, benefitting farmers, forestry owners and consumers alike;
  (f)  bird-safe  design  features  can   be   incorporated   into   new
construction  and major renovation projects at no to minimal extra cost;

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


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