senate Bill S831

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Enacts the "buy from the backyard act"

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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 20, 2015 referred to agriculture
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 11, 2015 advanced to third reading
May 06, 2015 2nd report cal.
May 05, 2015 1st report cal.556
Jan 07, 2015 referred to finance


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S831 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Assembly Agriculture
Law Section:
State Finance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §165, St Fin L; add §5-a, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S6974, A10584
2011-2012: S2468, A8038, A9031
2013-2014: S978, A5051
2017-2018: S3918, A2185

S831 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the "buy from the backyard act"; requires the office of general services and other state agencies to buy 20% of all their food products from producers and/or processors in New York state; provides that the commissioner of agriculture and markets shall determine the New York food products that are available during the various times during the year; directs such commissioner to report to the governor and the legislature on the implementation of such provisions.

S831 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S831 (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  Sen.  LIBOUS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT to amend the state finance law and the  agriculture  and  markets
  law, in relation to enacting the "buy from the backyard act"


  Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
the "buy from the backyard act".
  S  2.  The opening paragraph of paragraph a, paragraphs b, c, subpara-
graph (i) of paragraph f and paragraph h of subdivision 4 of section 165
of the state finance law, the opening paragraph of paragraph a, subpara-
graph (i) of paragraph f and paragraph h as amended by  chapter  533  of
the  laws  of  2013, and paragraphs b and c as amended by chapter 137 of
the laws of 2008, are amended to read as follows:
  Except  as  otherwise  provided  in  this  subdivision,  when  letting
contracts  for the purchase of food products on behalf of facilities and
institutions of the state, solicitation specifications of the office  of
general  services  and  any  other  agency, department, office, board or
commission [may] SHALL require provisions  that  mandate  that  [all  or
the required food products are grown, produced or harvested in New  York
state, or that any processing of such food products take place in facil-
ities located within New York state.
  b.  The  commissioner  of  agriculture and markets shall determine AND
CERTIFY, using uniform criteria,  those  food  products  for  which  the
requirements  of  this  subdivision are deemed MOST beneficial and shall
promulgate and forward to the appropriate agencies a list of  such  food
products,  and  shall  in  addition ascertain those periods of time each
year that those food products are available in sufficient quantities for
competitive purchasing and shall forward such information to  purchasing

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


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