Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jun 07, 2023||
ordered to third reading rules cal.625
substituted for a4243
|Apr 25, 2023||
referred to environmental conservation
delivered to assembly
|Apr 19, 2023||
advanced to third reading
|Apr 18, 2023||
2nd report cal.
|Apr 17, 2023||
1st report cal.611
|Feb 06, 2023||
referred to environmental conservation
Senate Bill S4198
2023-2024 Legislative Session
Current Bill Status - On Floor Calendar
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2023-S4198 (ACTIVE) - Details
2023-S4198 (ACTIVE) - Summary
Enacts the "New York wildlife crossing act"; directs the department of transportation to identify sites along all highways, thruways and parkways in the state where wildlife crossings are most needed to increase public safety and improve habitat connectivity and create a priority list of wildlife opportunity areas where federal grant monies may be available to implement the top five projects identified.
2023-S4198 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S4198 SPONSOR: COMRIE TITLE OF BILL: An act to enact the "New York wildlife crossing act"; to direct the department of transportation to identify sites along all highways, thru- ways, and parkways in the state where wildlife crossings are most needed to increase public safety and improve habitat connectivity; and to create a priority list of wildlife crossing opportunity areas where federal grant monies may be available to implement the top five projects identified PURPOSE: This bill intends to direct some portion of the FY23 federal funding allocated for wildlife crossings to the state of New York for actionable development of wildlife crossing infrastructure. Several states have already emplaced wildlife crossings on vehicular highways, thruways, and parkways. Absent such structures in New York State, this bill upon passage will ensure such projects can initiate design and implementation where necessary. Data shows design and construction of such structures reduces wildlife collisions by greater than ninety percent.
2023-S4198 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 4198 2023-2024 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E February 6, 2023 ___________ Introduced by Sen. COMRIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to enact the "New York wildlife crossing act"; to direct the department of transportation to identify sites along all highways, thruways, and parkways in the state where wildlife crossings are most needed to increase public safety and improve habitat connectivity; and to create a priority list of wildlife crossing opportunity areas where federal grant monies may be available to implement the top five projects identified THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act maybe known and cited as the "New York wildlife crossing act". § 2. For the purposes of this act: "Wildlife crossing" means a structure designed or retrofitted to enable wildlife to successfully cross roads and other human-caused barriers to wildlife movement. Such crossings may include but not be limited to culverts, bridges, wildlife underpass tunnels, wildlife over- pass bridges, and fencing associated with such structures. § 3. The department of transportation is hereby authorized and directed to assess all highways, thruways, and parkways in the state for potential wildlife crossings to improve wildlife habitat connectivity, reduce wildlife vehicle collisions, and increase public safety for New York motorists. The department of transportation shall use the findings of their assessment to finalize a top ten wildlife crossings priority list no later than two years after the effective date of this act. The priority list of crossing sites shall be determined by the following: (a) (i) Identification of road segments that pose a risk to successful wildlife movement and habitat connectivity, or that pose a risk to the traveling public due to wildlife-vehicle collisions; EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02060-03-3 S. 4198 2
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