A07062 Summary:

BILL NOA07062
 
SAME ASSAME AS S02673
 
SPONSORMagee
 
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 NOA07062
 
04/23/2015referred to agriculture
06/09/2015reported referred to ways and means
06/10/2015reported referred to rules
06/15/2015reported
06/15/2015rules report cal.374
06/15/2015ordered to third reading rules cal.374
06/16/2015substituted by s2673
 S02673 AMEND= RITCHIE
 01/27/2015REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
 05/05/2015REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
 06/02/20151ST REPORT CAL.1267
 06/03/20152ND REPORT CAL.
 06/08/2015ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
 06/10/2015PASSED SENATE
 06/10/2015DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
 06/10/2015referred to ways and means
 06/16/2015substituted for a7062
 06/16/2015ordered to third reading rules cal.374
 06/16/2015passed assembly
 06/16/2015returned to senate
 08/03/2015DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
 08/13/2015VETOED MEMO.195
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A07062 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A7062
 
SPONSOR: Magee
  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:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          7062
 
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     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    § 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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