Assembly Bill A10533

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to directing the department of environmental conservation to conduct a study to identify potential sites along all highways and thruways in the state for wildlife crossings; repealer

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  • 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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2021-A10533 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S8579
Current Committee:
Assembly Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
A10533, S8579

2021-A10533 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Directs the department of environmental conservation to conduct a study to identify potential sites along all highways and thruways in the state for wildlife crossings; directs the department of transportation to create a report on the fiscal impact of such study.

2021-A10533 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   10533
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                               July 6, 2022
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by COMMITTEE ON RULES -- (at request of M. of A. Carroll) --
   read once and referred to the Committee on Environmental Conservation
 
 AN ACT to direct the department of environmental conservation to conduct
   a study to identify potential sites along all highways and thruways in
   the state for wildlife  crossings  and  directing  the  department  of
   transportation  to create a report on the fiscal impact of such study;
   and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration there-
   of
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. For the purposes of this act:
   (a)  "Wildlife crossing" means a habitat structure that that joins two
 or more areas of wildlife habitat, allowing  wildlife  to  cross  human-
 caused  barriers  from  one  habitat area to another. Such crossings may
 include but not be limited to underpass tunnels and overpass bridges.
   (b) "Human-caused barrier" means a road, culvert, commercial or  resi-
 dential development or other human-made structure that has the potential
 to affect the natural movement of wildlife across the landscape.
   § 2. The department of environmental conservation is hereby authorized
 and  directed  to  conduct a study to identify potential sites along all
 highways and thruways in the state for wildlife crossings.  The  depart-
 ment  of  environmental  conservation  shall  submit  such  study to the
 department of transportation no later than one year after the  effective
 date of this act. Such study shall examine, at a minimum, the following:
   (a)  Identification of existing highway or thruway crossings that pose
 a risk to successful wildlife migration or that pose a risk to the trav-
 eling public because large animals use the crossing;
   (b) Identification of other  human-caused  barriers,  especially  road
 segments that negatively affect wildlife habitat and movement;
   (c)  Information about the habitat and movement needs of wildlife with
 particular attention to large animals or other species that pose a  risk
 to the traveling public;
   (d)  Information about the habitat quality needed to support and main-
 tain viable populations of wildlife;
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
              

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