senate Bill S7008

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to the use of pollinator friendly plant species in medians along the highways of the state

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to transportation

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S7008 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Highway Law
Laws Affected:
Add §19-a, Hway L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
S660

S7008 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to the use of pollinator friendly plant species in medians along the highways of the state.

S7008 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7008 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  7008

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 8, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  MAY  --  read  twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation

AN ACT to amend the highway law, in relation to the  use  of  pollinator
  friendly plant species in medians along the highways of the state

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

  Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature finds that the planting
of pollinator friendly plant species in medians along  the  highways  of
this  state  is  consistent with the state goal of beautifying the land-
scape along such highways. Therefore, it is the intent of  the  legisla-
ture  to  encourage  the use of pollinator friendly plant species by the
state and its political subdivisions in designing, developing and  main-
taining such medians whenever safe and feasible.
  §  2.  The highway law is amended by adding a new section 19-a to read
as follows:
  § 19-A. POLLINATOR FRIENDLY PLANT SPECIES; MEDIANS. 1. FOR PURPOSES OF
THIS SECTION THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  A. "POLLINATOR FRIENDLY PLANT SPECIES" SHALL MEAN PLANTS NATIVE TO THE
STATE, COMPOSED OF A VARIETY OF NECTAR AND POLLEN-RICH  FLOWERS  WITH  A
WIDE  RANGE  AND  VARIETY  OF  SHAPES, SIZES, AND COLORS THAT BLOSSOM AT
VARIOUS TIMES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THE TERM "POLLINATOR  FRIENDLY  PLANT
SPECIES" SHALL NOT INCLUDE MODERN PLANT HYBRIDS; AND
  B.  "POLITICAL SUBDIVISION" SHALL MEAN A COUNTY, TOWN, CITY OR VILLAGE
OF THE STATE.
  2. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL, IN COOPERATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVI-
RONMENTAL CONSERVATION, DEVELOP POLICIES AND  PROCEDURES  TO  ENCOURAGE,
TRAIN  AND ASSIST THE STATE AND POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS TO USE POLLINATOR
FRIENDLY PLANT SPECIES IN MEDIANS ALONG HIGHWAYS.
  3. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DEVELOP POLICIES AND PROCEDURES  FOR  MOWING
HIGHWAYS  THAT  WILL, WHEREVER FEASIBLE AND CONSISTENT WITH STANDARDS OF
SAFETY FOR MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATORS, CYCLISTS,  AND  PEDESTRIANS,  REDUCE
THE AMOUNT OF AREA WITHIN A HIGHWAY MEDIAN THAT IS MOWED.

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

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