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A02425 Summary:

COSPNSROrtiz, Magee, Gunther, Roberts, Miller, Galef, Barrett, Skartados
MLTSPNSRColton, Cymbrowitz, Glick, Gottfried, Markey, Rivera
Amd S100, Ec Dev L
Authorizes the commissioner of economic development together with the commissioner of agriculture and markets to devise a program to promote and distribute statewide and regional guides to farms, farmers markets and other agriculturally significant tourist destinations.
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A02425 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2013-2014 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 15, 2013
        Introduced by M. of A. COOK, ORTIZ, MAGEE, GUNTHER -- Multi-Sponsored by
          RIVERA -- read once and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
        AN ACT to amend the economic development law, in relation to authorizing
          the commissioner of economic  development  to  develop  certain  regu-

          lations regarding the state travel guide
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision  15  of  section  100  of  the
     2  economic development law, as amended by chapter 446 of the laws of 1990,
     3  is amended and a new paragraph (c) is added to read as follows:
     4    (b)  in the discharge of this power, the commissioner may enter into a
     5  contract for publication of a state travel  guide  to  promote  tourism.
     6  Such contract may provide for the sale of advertising by the contractor.
     7  A  contract  for  publication  of  a state travel guide shall be awarded
     8  following consideration of factors  which  shall  include,  but  not  be
     9  limited  to,  the  most favorable financial advantage for the state, the
    10  best representation of the state of New York and its services,  and  the

    11  greatest  utility  to the traveller.   The commissioner shall promulgate
    12  regulations by the first day of November next succeeding  the  effective
    13  date  of  this  paragraph to guide the preparation of bids and the dead-
    14  lines for selection of a competent contractor  and  publication  of  the
    15  state travel guide. The regulations shall, at a minimum, limit advertis-
    16  ing  content  to  no more than thirty percent of the space available and
    17  establish responsibility for preparation and  placement  of  appropriate
    18  editorial  content  and  an  equitable  listing  without charge or other
    19  consideration of attractions and activities available to the tourist  in
    20  New  York  state.  Such  regulations  shall  provide for approval of the
    21  commissioner at critical stages of state travel  guide  development  and
    22  advertising  standards  and  rates.  Furthermore, such regulations shall

    23  provide minimum financial terms and responsibilities of  the  state  and
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  the  contractor,  the  allocation  of  any  revenues  derived  from  the
     2  production of the travel guide and securities which shall be required of
     3  the contractor[.];
     4    (c)  in  cooperation with the commissioner of agriculture and markets,
     5  the commissioner shall develop  a  program  to  promote  and  distribute
     6  statewide  and regional guides to farms, farmers markets and other agri-

     7  culturally significant tourist destinations. These guides may be  devel-
     8  oped by the department in cooperation with the department of agriculture
     9  and markets or the guides may be developed exclusively by the department
    10  of agriculture and markets.
    11    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    12  it shall have become a law.
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