senate Bill S6591

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to the major renewable energy development program; establishes the significant farmland identification program

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Finance Committee

  • Introduced
  • In Committee
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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 05, 2022 referred to finance
May 07, 2021 referred to finance


S6591 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §94-c, Exec L; amd §16, Ag & Mkts L; add §89-j, St Fin L

S6591 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to the major renewable energy development program; establishes the significant farmland identification program; establishes the farmland and agricultural preservation fund; provides for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof.

S6591 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6591 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                                May 7, 2021
 Introduced by Sens. JORDAN, OBERACKER -- read twice and ordered printed,
   and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance
 AN  ACT  to  amend the executive law, in relation to the major renewable
   energy development program; to amend the agriculture and markets  law,
   in  relation  to  establishing the significant farmland identification
   program; to amend the state finance law, in relation  to  establishing
   the  farmland  and  agricultural preservation fund; and to provide for
   the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof
   Section  1.  This  act shall be known and may be cited as the "signif-
 icant farmland preservation act".
   § 2. Legislative intent. It is  the  intent  of  this  legislature  to
 support  and  maintain  significant farmland for future generations. The
 legislature recognizes that soil health and viability is a critical part
 not only of the environment and ecosystem, but  also  plays  a  critical
 role  in  the health of the economy. Significant farmland is the lasting
 legacy of major parts of New York state and has provided for the wellbe-
 ing and survival of generations of farmers. Those farmers, in turn, have
 provided for the state in numerous ways, not only economically, but with
 respect to providing food and sustenance for people in all parts of  the
 state  as  well as in other parts of our nation. It is incumbent on this
 legislature to preserve, to all extent possible, nationally  significant
 farmland  for  use  by future generations while simultaneously providing
 for protection against climate change, which poses a risk to significant
 farmland. The legislature hereby determines  that  the  public  interest
 require  that  renewable  energy  be  encouraged  to the greatest extent
 possible while simultaneously recognizing that significant farmland must
 be protected and preserved.
   § 3. Subdivision 2 of section 94-c of the executive law is amended  by
 adding a new paragraph (k) to read as follows:

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


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