Senate Bill S8944

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to the farm laborers wage board

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Rules Committee

  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2019-S8944 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Labor Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §674-a, Lab L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S8944, A11034

2019-S8944 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Amends provisions related to the farm laborers wage board, including how many times they must meet each year and additional considerations the wage board shall make when making a report to the governor and the legislature.

2019-S8944 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2019-S8944 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                             I N  S E N A T E
                              August 26, 2020
 Introduced  by Sen. BORRELLO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules
 AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to  the  farm  laborers  wage
   Section 1. Section 674-a of the labor law, as added by chapter 105  of
 the laws of 2019, is amended to read as follows:
   §  674-a.  Farm  laborers  wage board. 1. Wage board. The commissioner
 shall hereby convene a farm laborers wage board. The wage board shall be
 comprised of three members: one representative of the farm  bureau,  one
 representative of the New York State AFL-CIO and one member appointed by
 the  commissioner,  who  shall  be  selected from the general public and
 designated as chairperson. The wage board shall hold its  first  hearing
 no later than March first, two thousand twenty. The members of the board
 shall  not  receive  a  salary  or other compensation, but shall be paid
 actual and necessary traveling expenses while engaged in the performance
 of their duties.
   2. Organization. Two-thirds of the members of the board shall  consti-
 tute  a  quorum.  The  chairperson may from time to time formulate rules
 governing the manner in which the wage board shall function and  perform
 its duties under this article.
   3. Powers. The wage board shall have power to conduct public hearings.
 The  board [may] SHALL also consult with agricultural employers and farm
 laborers, and their respective representatives,  in  the  occupation  or
 occupations involved, and with such other persons, including the commis-
 sioner  and  the  commissioner  of agriculture and markets, THE NEW YORK
 it shall determine. The board shall also have power to administer  oaths
 and  to  require  by subpoena the attendance and testimony of witnesses,
 and the production of all books, records, and other evidence relative to
 any matters under inquiry. Such subpoenas shall be signed and issued  by
 the  chairperson  of  the  board  and  shall be served and have the same
 effect as if issued out of the supreme court. The board shall have power
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets


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