assembly Bill A8704

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to the preservation of honey bee colonies

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to agriculture
Oct 23, 2019 referred to agriculture

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A8704 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Agriculture
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 15-B §175-v, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
A6622

A8704 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires any person including certified and licensed responsible pesticide applicators and commercial pesticide applicators and operators operating in the state to contact the division of plant industry of the department of agriculture and markets by phone at least twenty-four hours in advance of extermination of honey bees to obtain assistance in trying to relocate nuisance honey bee colonies or hanging swarms of honey bees, in lieu of destroying such honey bees; makes related provisions.

A8704 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  8704

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            October 23, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee
  on Agriculture

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  agriculture and markets law, in relation to the
  preservation of honey bee colonies

  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
article 15-B to read as follows:
                              ARTICLE 15-B
                   PRESERVATION OF HONEY BEE COLONIES
SECTION 175-V. RELOCATING HONEY BEE COLONIES.
  § 175-V. RELOCATING HONEY BEE COLONIES. 1. TO PRESERVE HONEY BEE COLO-
NIES IN THE STATE, ANY PERSON INCLUDING CERTIFIED AND LICENSED RESPONSI-
BLE PESTICIDE APPLICATORS AND COMMERCIAL PESTICIDE APPLICATORS AND OPER-
ATORS OPERATING IN  THE  STATE  SHALL  CONTACT  THE  DIVISION  OF  PLANT
INDUSTRY  OF  THE  DEPARTMENT  BY  PHONE  AT  LEAST TWENTY-FOUR HOURS IN
ADVANCE OF EXTERMINATION OF HONEY BEES TO OBTAIN ASSISTANCE IN TRYING TO
RELOCATE NUISANCE HONEY BEE COLONIES OR HANGING SWARMS OF HONEY BEES, IN
LIEU OF DESTROYING SUCH HONEY BEES. HONEY BEES SHALL  NOT  BE  DESTROYED
WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL FROM SUCH DIVISION.
  2.  IN  THE EVENT THE DIVISION OF PLANT INDUSTRY IS NOT REACHABLE, ANY
PERSON INCLUDING CERTIFIED AND LICENSED RESPONSIBLE  PESTICIDE  APPLICA-
TORS AND COMMERCIAL PESTICIDE APPLICATORS AND OPERATORS SHALL ATTEMPT TO
CONTACT  NO FEWER THAN THREE BEEKEEPERS IDENTIFIED BY THE LOCAL BEEKEEP-
ING ASSOCIATION FOUND ON THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE  AS  SWARM  COLLECTORS
SERVICING THE AFFECTED COUNTY, IN ORDER TO OBTAIN ASSISTANCE IN RELOCAT-
ING  NUISANCE HONEY BEE COLONIES OR HANGING SWARMS BEFORE NUISANCE HONEY
BEE COLONIES OR HANGING SWARMS OF HONEY BEES MAY BE DESTROYED.
  § 2. This act shall take effect  immediately.  Effective  immediately,
the  addition,  amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation neces-
sary for the implementation of  this  act  on  its  effective  date  are
authorized to be made and completed on or before such effective date.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets