senate Bill S7037

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Gives the commissioner of agriculture and markets the power to establish a federal food safety compliance program to support farmers in complying with federal food safety rules

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Archive: Last Bill Status Via A9118 - Vetoed by Governor


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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Dec 17, 2014 tabled
vetoed memo.547
Dec 05, 2014 delivered to governor
Jun 16, 2014 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1404
substituted for s7037
Jun 16, 2014 substituted by a9118
ordered to third reading cal.1404
committee discharged and committed to rules
Apr 21, 2014 referred to agriculture

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S7037 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9118
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง16, Ag & Mkts L

S7037 - Bill Texts

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Gives the commissioner of agriculture and markets the power to establish a federal food safety compliance assistance program to support farmers in complying with federal food safety rules.

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BILL NUMBER:S7037

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to federal food safety compliance assistance

PURPOSE:

This bill establishes a Federal Food Safety Compliance Program in New
York State to assist farmers in complying with changes in federal food
safety regulations.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends Section 16 of the Agriculture and Markets Law by
adding a new Subdivision 45. This subdivision authorizes the
Department of Agriculture and Markets to establish a Federal Food
Safety Compliance Assistance Program. This program will support and
assist farmers in complying with federal food safety rules. It will
also identify sources of funding to help farmers pay for capital
projects that are required to comply with federal food safety rules.

Section 2 provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

In 2010, the federal government enacted the Food Safety Modernization
Act (FSMA). This act was the most significant update of federal food
safety laws since 1938. The FSMA provides the federal Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) with broad powers to regulate the way foods are
grown, harvested, and processed. This will result in additional
rulemaking, numerous guidance documents, and a stream of new
standards.

Many farmers, especially those with small family farms, are concerned
about the cost and difficulty of complying with the federal FSMA. It
is anticipated that some farms may need to modify their practices and
infrastructure in order to comply with the new requirements.

Therefore, by establishing a Federal Food Safety Compliance Program,
this bill seeks to provide a coordinated approach of ongoing
education, information, and technical assistance to help farmers
comply with federal food safety rules. This program will use existing
resources to explain the new requirements and identify funding sources
that can be used to help farmers comply with the FSMA.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Minimal.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7037

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 21, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. RITCHIE -- 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  federal
  food safety compliance assistance

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

  Section 1. Section 16 of the agriculture and markets law is amended by
adding a new subdivision 45 to read as follows:
  45. ESTABLISH A FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  TO
SUPPORT FARMERS IN COMPLYING WITH FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY RULES.  UNDER SUCH
PROGRAM  THE  DEPARTMENT SHALL FORM PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE NEW YORK STATE
AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION, SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION  DISTRICTS,
COOPERATIVE  EXTENSION, AND OTHER FEDERAL AND STATE RESOURCES TO PROVIDE
SUCH SUPPORT AND SHALL ASSIST  SUCH  PARTNERS  IN  SEEKING  FEDERAL  AND
PRIVATE  SOURCES OF FUNDS FOR SUCH PROGRAM ASSISTANCE. THE PROGRAM SHALL
PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO FARMERS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED  TO,
INFORMATION AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND REFERRALS TO HELP SUCH FARMERS IN
DEVELOPING OR MODIFYING FARMING, FOOD PROCESSING AND MANUFACTURING PRAC-
TICES  TO  ACHIEVE  COMPLIANCE WITH CURRENT FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY REQUIRE-
MENTS. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL CONSULT  WITH  THE  DEPARTMENT  OF  ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT  TO  IDENTIFY  SOURCES OF FUNDING TO ASSIST FARMERS THAT MAY
NEED TO INITIATE CAPITAL PROJECTS TO COMPLY WITH CHANGES IN FEDERAL FOOD
SAFETY RULES.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14451-01-4

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