senate Bill S847

Vetoed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the empire state baseball trails program

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Nov 21, 2014 vetoed memo.512
Nov 10, 2014 delivered to governor
Jun 19, 2014 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.452
substituted for a8111
Jun 16, 2014 referred to ways and means
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1370
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 28, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Jan 08, 2014 referred to commerce, economic development and small business
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 20, 2013 referred to tourism, parks, arts and sports development
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1525
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jan 09, 2013 referred to commerce, economic development and small business

Votes

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Jun 16, 2014 - Rules committee Vote

S847
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committee
23
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
2
Excused
0
Abstained
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May 28, 2014 - Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business committee Vote

S847
12
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committee
12
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee Vote: May 28, 2014

Jun 20, 2013 - Rules committee Vote

S847
25
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committee
25
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
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S847 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8111
Law Section:
Economic Development Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 5-F ยงยง181-f - 181-h, Ec Dev L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S2520
2009-2010: S4417

S847 - Bill Texts

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Establishes the empire state baseball trails program.

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BILL NUMBER:S847

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the economic development law, in relation to creating the
Empire State baseball trails program

PURPOSE:
To develop within the Department of Economic Development an Empire
State Baseball Trails program to promote tourism around the theme of
minor league baseball in New York.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one of the bill sets forth the Legislature's intent to
increase tourism and economic development by increasing public
awareness of New York's thirteen minor league and independent league
baseball teams, the teams' game schedules and other baseball
attractions. Section two of the bill directs the Commissioner to
create a baseball trails program.

Section 2: This act shall take effect on the 90th day after it becomes
law.

JUSTIFICATION:
Professional baseball has historically played an important role in the
economic and cultural life of the state. The public is generally
familiar with the two Major League Baseball teams in New York City,
as well as with the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. There is
much less public awareness that New York State is also the home of
thirteen minor league or independent league teams throughout the
state. Teams are located in Auburn, Batavia, Binghamton, Brooklyn,
Buffalo, Jamestown, Long Island, Oneonta, Rochester, Staten Island,
Syracuse, Troy and Wappinger's Falls. Collectively, the teams play
hundreds of games annually, each of which could be a tourist
attraction event. Greater public awareness of these minor league and
independent league teams and their game schedules has the potential
to significantly add to the state's tourism trade.

The thirteen minor league and independent league teams are small
businesses themselves, and could help to draw in-state and
out-of-state tourists to their respective areas of New York, thereby
increasing hotel, restaurant and other tourist-related small
businesses.

A coordinated program of systematically promoting minor league and
independent league baseball as a New York tourist attraction could be
a valuable, cost effective tourist promotion and economic
development tool. Such a program may include other venues and events
such as Major League Baseball games and the Baseball Hall of Fame in
Cooperstown.

The Empire State Baseball Trails program is modeled on existing statuto-
ry programs promoting the golf, wine and brewery industries in New
York.
The program should be user friendly, easy to access and easy to follow.
The program should also link together other attractions and venues


along such trails in order to attract visitors with a simple and
efficient travel plan.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12: S.2520 - Reported to Finance
2008: S.8560/A.11288 - Veto No. 101
2009-10: S.4417 - Referred to Commerce, Economic Development &
Small Business

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Minimal cost would be offset by increased sales tax generated by
greater economic activity.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have
become a law.

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

                                   847

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Commerce, Economic  Devel-
  opment and Small Business

AN  ACT  to  amend the economic development law, in relation to creating
  the Empire State baseball trails program

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

  Section  1.  The  economic  development law is amended by adding a new
article 5-F to read as follows:
                               ARTICLE 5-F
                  EMPIRE STATE BASEBALL TRAILS PROGRAM
SECTION 181-F. LEGISLATIVE INTENT.
        181-G. DEFINITIONS.
        181-H. GENERAL FUNCTIONS, POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COMMISSIONER.
  S 181-F. LEGISLATIVE INTENT. THE LEGISLATURE RECOGNIZES  THAT  PROFES-
SIONAL BASEBALL HAS HISTORICALLY PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE ECONOM-
IC AND CULTURAL LIFE OF THE STATE. THE PUBLIC IS GENERALLY FAMILIAR WITH
THE  TWO  MAJOR LEAGUE TEAMS IN NEW YORK CITY, AS WELL AS WITH THE BASE-
BALL HALL OF FAME IN COOPERSTOWN. THERE IS MUCH  LESS  PUBLIC  AWARENESS
THAT  NEW  YORK  STATE  IS  ALSO THE HOME OF THIRTEEN PROFESSIONAL MINOR
LEAGUE AND INDEPENDENT LEAGUE TEAMS SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE STATE.  GREAT-
ER PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THESE TEAMS AND  THEIR  GAME  SCHEDULES  HAS  THE
POTENTIAL  TO  SIGNIFICANTLY ADD TO THE STATE'S TOURISM TRADE. THE MINOR
LEAGUE AND INDEPENDENT LEAGUE TEAMS ARE SMALL BUSINESSES THEMSELVES, AND
COULD HELP TO DRAW IN-STATE AND OUT-OF-STATE TOURISTS TO  THEIR  RESPEC-
TIVE  AREAS  OF NEW YORK, THEREBY INCREASING HOTEL, RESTAURANT AND OTHER
TOURIST RELATED SMALL BUSINESSES. IT IS, THEREFORE, THE INTENT  OF  THIS
LEGISLATURE  TO HAVE CREATED A PROGRAM WHICH WILL SYSTEMATICALLY PROMOTE
NEW YORK MINOR LEAGUE AND  INDEPENDENT  LEAGUE  BASEBALL  AS  A  TOURIST
ATTRACTION,  BY ESTABLISHING A BASEBALL TRAIL PROGRAM. IT IS THE FURTHER

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02840-01-3

S. 847                              2

INTENT OF THE LEGISLATURE THAT THESE TRAILS BE LINKED THEMATICALLY,  AND
BE  CONSTRUED SO AS TO BE EASILY TRAVELED BY TOURISTS AND BASEBALL FANS.
THE LEGISLATURE SEEKS THE CREATION OF ITINERARIES TO AID TRAVELERS ALONG
BASEBALL  TRAILS,  WHICH ALSO LINK TOGETHER OTHER ATTRACTIONS AND VENUES
ALONG SAID TRAILS IN ORDER TO ATTRACT VISITORS WITH A SIMPLE  AND  EFFI-
CIENT  TRAVEL  PLAN. FURTHER IT IS THE INTENT OF THIS LEGISLATURE TO SEE
THAT THESE TRAILS ARE ADEQUATELY SIGNED SO THAT TRAVELERS MAY  INDEPEND-
ENTLY FOLLOW THE TRAIL WITH EASE.
  S  181-G.  DEFINITIONS.  AS  USED  IN THIS ARTICLE THE FOLLOWING DEFI-
NITIONS SHALL APPLY:
  1. "BASEBALL TRAIL" SHALL  MEAN  A  SERIES  OF  PROFESSIONAL  BASEBALL
VENUES IDENTIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER, WHICH MAY BE LINKED BY GEOGRAPHIC
PROXIMITY AND ALIGNMENT, AND GAME SCHEDULES.
  2.  "BASEBALL  PASSPORT"  SHALL  MEAN  A BOOKLET OR OTHER PUBLICATION,
WHICH IS SPECIFIC TO THE  PROFESSIONAL  BASEBALL  VENUES  AND  GAMES  OR
SURROUNDING  ATTRACTIONS  ON A BASEBALL TRAIL, AND MAY INCLUDE DISCOUNTS
AND OTHER INCENTIVES RELATED TO ATTENDING BASEBALL  GAMES  AND  VISITING
THE BASEBALL VENUES AND ATTRACTIONS ON THE BASEBALL TRAIL.
  S  181-H. GENERAL FUNCTIONS, POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COMMISSIONER. 1.
THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT AN  "I  LOVE  NY  BASEBALL"
PROMOTION PROGRAM. THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE COMMISSION-
ER  OF PARKS, RECREATION AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND ANY LOCAL GOVERN-
MENT OFFICIAL OR ENTITY, SHALL IDENTIFY A SERIES OF BASEBALL VENUES  AND
GAMES  TO BE PART OF A BASEBALL TRAIL. NO FEWER THAN TWO BASEBALL TRAILS
SHOULD BE IDENTIFIED FOR THE PURPOSES OF  THE  PROGRAM.  IN  IDENTIFYING
SPECIFIC  VENUES  AND  GAMES TO BE INCLUDED ON A BASEBALL TRAIL, SPECIAL
CONSIDERATION SHALL BE GIVEN TO THOSE TRAILS WHICH PROMOTE MINOR  LEAGUE
AND  INDEPENDENT  LEAGUE  BASEBALL.  SPECIAL CONSIDERATION SHALL ALSO BE
GIVEN TO TRAILS WHICH CAN  BE  LINKED  TO  SURROUNDING  ARTS,  CULTURAL,
HISTORICAL,  ENTERTAINMENT  OR OTHER TOURISM DESTINATIONS OR EXHIBITS OF
INTEREST TO TRAVELERS.
  2. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL CAUSE  TO  BE  DEVELOPED  BASEBALL  VACATION
ITINERARIES  BASED ON SPECIFIC BASEBALL TRAILS, WHICH SHALL IDENTIFY FOR
VISITORS BASEBALL GAMES AND SURROUNDING ATTRACTIONS, RESTAURANTS,  LODG-
ING  AND  OTHER  EXHIBITS OR PLACES OF ENTERTAINMENT AS MAY BE A PART OF
THE THEME LINKING THE BASEBALL VENUES ON THE BASEBALL TRAIL.
  3. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL WORK TO DEVELOP DISCOUNT PACKAGES  FOR  SUCH
BASEBALL  TRAILS,  WHICH MAY INCLUDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A BASEBALL PASS-
PORT.
  4. NOTHING SHALL PRECLUDE THE COMMISSIONER FROM  CONTRACTING  WITH  AN
INDEPENDENT  VACATION OR TRAVEL PACKAGE COMPANY TO HELP DEVELOP BASEBALL
VACATION PACKAGES ALONG A BASEBALL TRAIL.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

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