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SECTION 173
Eradication of bee diseases and certain insects affecting bees
Agriculture & Markets (AGM) CHAPTER 69, ARTICLE 15
* § 173. Eradication of bee diseases and certain insects affecting
bees. The commissioner may cause inspections to be made of apiaries in
the state for the discovery of infectious, contagious or communicable
diseases and for the discovery of insects and parasitic organisms
adversely affecting bees, and for the discovery of species or subspecies
of bees which have been determined by him to cause injury, directly or
indirectly, to this state's useful bee population, crops, or other
plants. He may also cause investigations to be made as to the best
method for the eradication of diseases of bees, insects or parasitic
organisms adversely affecting bees, or for the eradication of species or
subspecies of bees which have been determined by him to cause injury,
directly or indirectly, to this state's useful bee population, crops, or
other plants and he may plan and execute appropriate methods for such
eradication.

The commissioner shall have access to all apiaries, structures,
appliances or premises where bees or honey or comb used in apiaries may
be. He may open any hive, colony, package or receptacle of any kind
containing or which he has reason to believe contains any bees, comb,
bee products, used beekeeping appliances, or anything else which is
capable of transmitting contagious or infectious diseases of bees or
which is capable of harboring insects or parasitic organisms adversely
affecting bees, or species or subspecies of bees which have been
determined by him to cause injury, directly or indirectly, to this
state's useful bee population, crops, or other plants.

* NB Effective until December 23, 2021

* § 173. Apiary industry advisory committee. 1. There is hereby
established within the department an apiary industry advisory committee
which shall consist of no more than fifteen members to be appointed by
the commissioner based on their experience and expertise in the apiary
industry. Of the members so appointed, at least two members shall
represent each of the three sectors of the apiary industry, commercial
beekeepers, part-time beekeepers and hobbyist beekeepers; at least one
member shall represent the horticulture or vegetable industry and one
member shall be an officer or employee of the Cornell cooperative
extension service or the New York state college of agriculture and life
sciences at Cornell university. Members shall be appointed for a term of
three years and may serve until their successors are chosen provided,
however, that of the members first appointed, five shall serve for a
term of one year, five shall serve for a term of two years, and five
shall serve for a term of three years. Members shall serve without
salary. The commissioner or his or her designee shall be the chairperson
of the committee.

2. The duties and responsibilities of the apiary industry advisory
committee shall include providing advice, comments and recommendations
to the commissioner regarding state government plans, policies and
programs affecting the apiary industry and such other matters as the
commissioner may request in relation to this article.

3. The advisory committee shall meet at least once annually, at times
and places set by the commissioner.

4. The commissioner may ask other individuals to attend the
committee's meetings or work with it as needed.

* NB Effective December 23, 2021