A07062 Summary:

BILL NO    A07062 

SAME AS    SAME AS S02673

SPONSOR    Magee

COSPNSR    

MLTSPNSR   

Amd S16, Ag & Mkts L

Gives the commissioner of agriculture and markets the power to establish a
federal food safety compliance assistance program to support farmers in
complying with federal food safety rules.
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A07062 Actions:

BILL NO    A07062 

04/23/2015 referred to agriculture
06/09/2015 reported referred to ways and means
06/10/2015 reported referred to rules
06/15/2015 reported 
06/15/2015 rules report cal.374
06/15/2015 ordered to third reading rules cal.374
06/16/2015 substituted by s2673
           S02673  AMEND=  RITCHIE
           01/27/2015 REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
           05/05/2015 REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
           06/02/2015 1ST REPORT CAL.1267
           06/03/2015 2ND REPORT CAL.
           06/08/2015 ADVANCED TO THIRD READING 
           06/10/2015 PASSED SENATE
           06/10/2015 DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
           06/10/2015 referred to ways and means
           06/16/2015 substituted for a7062
           06/16/2015 ordered to third reading rules cal.374
           06/16/2015 passed assembly
           06/16/2015 returned to senate
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A07062 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A07062 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A7062

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to federal food safety compliance assistance

PURPOSE:

This bill establishes a Federal Food Safety Compliance Program in New
York State to assist farmers in complying with changes in federal food
safety regulations.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends Section 16 of the Agriculture and Markets Law by adding
a new Subdivision 45. This subdivision authorizes the Department of
Agriculture and Markets to establish a Federal Food Safety Compliance
Assistance Program to support farmers in complying with federal food
safety rules. It will also identify sources of funding to help farmers
pay for capital projects that are required to comply with federal food
safety rules.

Section 2 provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

In 2010, the federal government enacted the Food Safety Modernization
Act (FSMA). This act was the most significant update of federal food
safety laws since 1938. The FSMA provides the federal Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) with broad powers to regulate the way foods are
grown, harvested, and processed. This has resulted in additional rule-
making, the proliferation of numerous guidance documents, and an abun-
dance of new standards.

Many farmers, especially those with small family farms, are concerned
about the costs and complexities associated with complying with the
federal FSMA. It is anticipated that some farms will need to modify
their practices and infrastructure in order to comply with the new regu-
lations. By establishing a Federal Food Safety Compliance Program, this
legislation offers a coordinated approach to assisting farmers' compli-
ance with federal food safety rules. The program provides a variety of
technical assistance to farmers, including information and education
programs and referrals to help farmers develop or modify farming, food
processing, and manufacturing practices in compliance with the current
federal law. Additionally, the program will use existing resources to
explain the new requirements and identify funding sources that can be
used to help farmers comply with the FSMA.

Farming is an essential component to our state's culture and economy,
and our farmers deserve the support they need to comply with the
national directive. The Food and Safety Compliance Program will provide
the assistance farmers need to meet the requirement of FSMA.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013-2014: 5.7037 / A.9118

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.
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A07062 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         7062

                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                    April 23, 2015
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by M. of A. MAGEE -- read once and referred to the Committee
         on Agriculture

       AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to  federal
         food safety compliance assistance

         THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section 1. Section 16 of the agriculture and markets law is amended by
    2  adding a new subdivision 45 to read as follows:
    3    45. ESTABLISH A FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  TO
    4  SUPPORT FARMERS IN COMPLYING WITH FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY RULES.  UNDER SUCH
    5  PROGRAM  THE  DEPARTMENT SHALL FORM PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE NEW YORK STATE
    6  AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION, SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION  DISTRICTS,
    7  COOPERATIVE  EXTENSION, AND OTHER FEDERAL AND STATE RESOURCES TO PROVIDE
    8  SUCH SUPPORT AND SHALL ASSIST  SUCH  PARTNERS  IN  SEEKING  FEDERAL  AND
    9  PRIVATE  SOURCES OF FUNDS FOR SUCH PROGRAM ASSISTANCE. THE PROGRAM SHALL
   10  PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO FARMERS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED  TO,
   11  INFORMATION AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND REFERRALS TO HELP SUCH FARMERS IN
   12  DEVELOPING OR MODIFYING FARMING, FOOD PROCESSING AND MANUFACTURING PRAC-
   13  TICES  TO  ACHIEVE  COMPLIANCE WITH CURRENT FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY REQUIRE-
   14  MENTS. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL CONSULT  WITH  THE  DEPARTMENT  OF  ECONOMIC
   15  DEVELOPMENT  TO  IDENTIFY  SOURCES OF FUNDING TO ASSIST FARMERS THAT MAY
   16  NEED TO INITIATE CAPITAL PROJECTS TO COMPLY WITH CHANGES IN FEDERAL FOOD
   17  SAFETY RULES.
   18    S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD07673-01-5
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