senate Bill S78

2015-2016 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

download bill text pdf

Sponsored By

Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Environmental Conservation Committee

  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

Your Voice

do you support this bill?

Please enter your contact information

Home address is used to determine the senate district in which you reside. Your support or opposition to this bill is then shared immediately with the senator who represents you.

Optional services from the NY State Senate:

Create an account. An account allows you to officially support or oppose key legislation, sign petitions with a single click, and follow issues, committees, and bills that matter to you. When you create an account, you agree to this platform's terms of participation.

Include a custom message for your Senator? (Optional)

Enter a message to your senator. Many New Yorkers use this to share the reasoning behind their support or opposition to the bill. Others might share a personal anecdote about how the bill would affect them or people they care about.


view actions (2)
Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 06, 2016 referred to environmental conservation
Jan 07, 2015 referred to environmental conservation


S78 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §3-0121, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S4204, A6342
2013-2014: S4586, A5962
2017-2018: S73, A3410
2019-2020: S25, A4055

S78 (ACTIVE) - 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; and develop public awareness.

S78 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S78 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E


                             January 7, 2015

Introduced  by Sens. HOYLMAN, SERRANO -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to  the  Committee  on  Environmental

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;

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


Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.