senate Bill S7413

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Creates a task force on improving urban and rural access to locally produced, healthy foods

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May 14, 2014 referred to agriculture

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S7413 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2634
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง28, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
A8458

S7413 - Bill Texts

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Creates a task force on improving urban and rural access to locally produced, healthy foods; provides that such task force should identify strategies, opportunities and methods to expand such access; provides that such task force should report to the governor and the legislature within one year after the section takes effect.

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BILL NUMBER:S7413

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to the task force on improving urban and rural consumer access
to locally produced, healthy foods; and providing for the repeal of such
provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation creates the Task Force
on Improving Urban and Rural Consumer Access to Locally-Produced, Heal-
thy Foods.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Amends Article 2, Section 16 of agri-
culture and markets law to establish the Task Force on Improving Urban
and Rural Consumer Access to Locally-Produced, Healthy Foods. The Task
Force is made up of eleven members and will have the Commissioner of
Agriculture and Markets as the Chair. Four members of the Task Force
will be appointed by the governor, two members will be appointed by the
temporary president of the senate, two members will be appointed by the
speaker of the assembly, one member will be appointed by the minority
leader of the senate, and one member will be appointed by the minority
leader of the assembly.

The appointed members of such Task Force will be farmers, represen-
tatives of non-for-profit food access organizations, the grocery indus-
try and economic development agencies serving county, New York State and
New York City governments.

The Task Force will identify strategies and opportunities to expand
access for underserved, nutritionally deficient urban and rural communi-
ties to healthy, locally produced food in New York State. The task force
shall develop and identify new and innovative methods to increase the
production, marketing and distribution of locally produced, fresh food
in such communities in New York State.

The Task Force shall report to the governor arid the legislature on its
activities, findings, and recommendations.

Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and
be 9 deemed repealed December 31, 2017.

JUSTIFICATION: Farmers have long sought greater market access in New
York City and other urban areas of the state. Similarly, residents of
urban areas continually seek out access to low-cost, healthy and locally
produced food from New York's farmers. The match between the two has
never been effectively achieved through market forces or public policy
initiatives. This bill marries these two efforts to form a strategy
among industry and government leaders to identify opportunities and
barriers to achieve this much needed linkage between farmers and
millions of potential consumers of their products.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.8458 2012.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to State.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7413

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 14, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SANDERS -- 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 the task
  force  on  improving  urban  and  rural  consumer  access  to  locally
  produced,  healthy  foods;  and  providing  for  the  repeal  of  such
  provisions upon expiration thereof

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

  Section  1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new
section 28 to read as follows:
  S 28. TASK FORCE ON IMPROVING  URBAN  AND  RURAL  CONSUMER  ACCESS  TO
LOCALLY  PRODUCED,  HEALTHY  FOODS.  1. THERE IS HEREBY CREATED THE TASK
FORCE ON IMPROVING URBAN AND RURAL CONSUMER ACCESS TO LOCALLY  PRODUCED,
HEALTHY FOODS. THE TASK FORCE IS TO BE COMPRISED OF ELEVEN MEMBERS. SUCH
TASK  FORCE  SHALL  HAVE  ONE  EX-OFFICIO  CHAIRPERSON, WHO SHALL BE THE
COMMISSIONER OR HIS OR HER DESIGNEE. FOUR MEMBERS SHALL BE APPOINTED  BY
THE  GOVERNOR, TWO MEMBERS SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT
OF THE SENATE, TWO MEMBERS SHALL BE APPOINTED  BY  THE  SPEAKER  OF  THE
ASSEMBLY,  ONE  MEMBER  SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE
SENATE AND ONE MEMBER SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE MINORITY LEADER  OF  THE
ASSEMBLY.  THE  APPOINTED  MEMBERS OF SUCH TASK FORCE SHALL BE REPRESEN-
TATIVE OF:
  (A) A FARM ENGAGED IN GROWING CROPS, LIVESTOCK OR LIVESTOCK  PRODUCTS,
AS DEFINED IN SECTION THREE HUNDRED ONE OF THIS CHAPTER;
  (B)  NOT-FOR-PROFIT  FOOD  ACCESS ORGANIZATIONS DEDICATED TO EXPANDING
ACCESS OF UNDERSERVED, URBAN AND RURAL COMMUNITIES TO  HEALTHY,  LOCALLY
PRODUCED FOOD;
  (C) THE GROCERY INDUSTRY; AND
  (D)  ECONOMIC  DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES SERVING COUNTY, NEW YORK STATE AND
NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT.
  ANY VACANCY ON SUCH  TASK  FORCE  SHALL  BE  FILLED  BY  THE  ORIGINAL
APPOINTING  AUTHORITY.  TASK FORCE MEMBERS SHALL RECEIVE NO COMPENSATION
FOR THEIR SERVICES BUT SHALL BE  REIMBURSED  FOR  ACTUAL  AND  NECESSARY
TRAVEL EXPENSES INCURRED IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04096-01-3

S. 7413                             2

  2.  THE MISSION OF THE TASK FORCE IS TO IDENTIFY STRATEGIES AND OPPOR-
TUNITIES TO EXPAND ACCESS FOR UNDERSERVED, NUTRITIONALLY DEFICIENT URBAN
AND RURAL COMMUNITIES TO HEALTHY, LOCALLY  PRODUCED  FOOD  IN  NEW  YORK
STATE.  THE  TASK  FORCE  SHALL  DEVELOP AND IDENTIFY NEW AND INNOVATIVE
METHODS TO INCREASE THE PRODUCTION, MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION OF LOCAL-
LY PRODUCED, FRESH FOOD IN SUCH COMMUNITIES IN NEW YORK STATE.
  3.  NOT  LATER THAN ONE YEAR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION,
THE TASK FORCE SHALL REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE  ON  ITS
ACTIVITIES, FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed December 31, 2017.

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