senate Bill S7453

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to collecting samples of diseased bees or hives for testing and analysis and requiring the apiary industry advisory committee to prepare a report regarding bee populations

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May 15, 2014 referred to agriculture

S7453 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง174 & 169-d, Ag & Mkts L

S7453 - Bill Texts

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Relates to collecting samples of diseased bees or hives for testing and analysis and requiring the apiary industry advisory committee to prepare a report regarding bee populations.

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BILL NUMBER:S7453

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to bee diseases

PURPOSE: Establishes the Honeybee Infectious disease Verification and
Eradication (HIVE) program

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 title this bill as the Honeybee Infectious disease Verifica-
tion and Eradication (HIVE) Act.

Section 2 amends section 174 of the agriculture and markets law to
establish the Honeybee Infectious disease Verification and Eradication
program

Section 3 amends section 169 of the agriculture and markets law to
require the Aviary Industry Advisory Committee to prepare a comprehen-
sive report on the wild and captive honey bee population in New York
State.

Section 4 sets an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Honeybees are an integral aspect of the agriculture
industry in New York State. In 2012, the bee population contributed an
estimated $300 million to the state's $4.4 billion agriculture industry.

From 2011 to 2012, New York beekeepers lost, on average, 30 percent of
bee hives to colony collapse disorder. In 2013, approximately 45 percent
of hives were lost nationally. New York State has 52,000 beehives, each
producing 51 pounds of honey. New York State ranks 10th nationally in
honey production.

The agricultural impact of honeybees stretches far from honey into other
agricultural products such as apples. New York apple growers rely on the
honey bee pollinator to produce apples. Apple trees require two to three
hives per acre to pollinate. A continued dramatic reduction in the
honeybee population could have dire consequences for apple producers and
other stakeholders in the agricultural industry in New York State.

The Honeybee Infectious disease Verification and Elimination (HIVE) Act
will help New York State better support its agricultural industry with
greater testing, analysis, and record keeping that will help bee
diseases to be identified in a more timely manner. This legislation will
also produce a comprehensive report through the Aviary Industry Advisory
Committee that will help guide the policymakers in future action to help
preserve and grow the agricultural industry throughout the State of New
York.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7453

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GIPSON -- 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  bee
  diseases

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

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as  the  "honeybee
infectious disease verification and eradication (HIVE) act".
  S  2.  Section  174  of  the agriculture and markets law is amended by
adding a new subdivision 10 to read as follows:
  10. ANY PERSON WHO OWNS BEES OR  HIVES  KNOWN  OR  DETERMINED  BY  THE
COMMISSIONER  TO  BE  INFESTED WITH, OR EXPOSED TO, CONTAGIOUS OR INFEC-
TIOUS DISEASES SHALL CAUSE SUCH SAMPLES OF SUCH  BEES  OR  HIVES  TO  BE
PLACED  IN  A  SEALED CONTAINER TO BE HELD FOR COLLECTION BY THE COMMIS-
SIONER OR HIS OR HER DULY AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVES.  THE  COMMISSIONER
OR HIS OR HER DULY AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVES SHALL COLLECT SUCH SAMPLES
FOR  THE  PURPOSE  OF TESTING, ANALYSIS AND RECORD-KEEPING.  THE COMMIS-
SIONER SHALL MAINTAIN DATA ON, AS A MINIMUM, THE FOLLOWING:
  (A) THE DATE SUCH SAMPLES WERE ACQUIRED;
  (B) THE LOCATION FROM WHICH SUCH SAMPLES WERE ACQUIRED;
  (C) THE ORIGIN OF THE HIVE FROM WHICH  SUCH  SAMPLES  DERIVE  AND  ALL
LOCATIONS OF SUCH HIVE WITHIN THE LAST FIVE YEARS;
  (D) THE CHAIN OF CUSTODY THE HIVE FROM WHICH SUCH SAMPLES DERIVE;
  (E) THE TYPE OF DISEASE OR DISEASES IDENTIFIED IN THE SAMPLES;
  (F)  THE  NAME  AND CONTACT INFORMATION OF THE PERSON OR BUSINESS THAT
SUPPLIED SUCH SAMPLES; AND
  (G) ANY FURTHER INFORMATION DEEMED NECESSARY BY  THE  APIARY  INDUSTRY
ADVISORY  COMMITTEE  AND/OR THE COMMISSIONER TO ASSESS THE HEALTH OF THE
WILD AND CAPTIVE HONEY BEE POPULATIONS IN THE STATE.
  S 3. Section 169-d of the agriculture and markets law  is  amended  by
adding a new subdivision 5 to read as follows:
  5.  THE  ADVISORY  COMMITTEE  SHALL  PREPARE  A REPORT ON THE WILD AND
CAPTIVE HONEY BEE POPULATION IN THE STATE. SUCH REPORT SHALL ADDRESS  NO
FEWER THAN THE FOLLOWING ISSUES RELATED TO SUCH BEE POPULATIONS:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15176-02-4

S. 7453                             2

  (A) THE ESTIMATED TOTAL HONEY BEE POPULATION;
  (B) SEASONAL BEHAVIOR OF BEES;
  (C) MOVEMENTS OF HIVES;
  (D) ANY CAUSES OF DISRUPTION IN HONEY BEE POPULATIONS;
  (E)  DATA MAINTAINED AND RESULTS OF TESTS PERFORMED PURSUANT TO SUBDI-
VISION TEN OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-FOUR OF THIS CHAPTER;
  (F) AGRICULTURAL, RECREATIONAL, AND OTHER USES OF THE HONEY BEE  POPU-
LATION;
  (G) ECONOMIC VALUE AND IMPACT OF THE HONEY BEE POPULATION;
  (H) THE IMPACT TO THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY THAT RESULTS FROM A SIGNIF-
ICANT DECREASE IN THE HONEY BEE POPULATION; AND
  (I) ANY OTHER ISSUES AS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER.
IN  ADDITION  TO THESE ISSUES, THE REPORT SHALL ALSO INCLUDE, AS A MINI-
MUM, THE FOLLOWING:
  (I) A DISCUSSION OF THE IMPACTS AND CAUSES OF  DISEASES  AND  WAYS  TO
ALLEVIATE THEM;
  (II) THE IMPACT OF CHEMICALS SUCH AS PESTICIDES AND HERBICIDES, INDUS-
TRIAL EMISSIONS AND AIR QUALITY ON BEES;
  (III)  RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY AND POLICY OPTIONS TO PROTECT
HONEY BEE POPULATIONS.
SUCH REPORT SHALL BE COMPLETED NO LATER THAN ONE YEAR AFTER  THE  EFFEC-
TIVE  DATE  OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION  AND SHALL BE UPDATED EVERY FIVE YEARS
THEREAFTER. SUCH REPORT SHALL  BE  MAINTAINED  ON  THE  WEBSITE  OF  THE
DEPARTMENT  AND  DELIVERED  TO THE GOVERNOR, THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE
AND SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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