BILL NO A07275
SAME AS S04962
Add S17-0307, En Con L
Establishes a training program to foster awareness of laws, rules and
regulations pertaining to the farming industry; provides for funding of such
program from fines collected pursuant to certain violations.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A7275
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in
relation to establishing a training program for owners and employees of
To establish a training program to foster awareness of laws, rules, and
regulations pertaining to the farming industry.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends the environmental conservation law by adding a new
section 17-0307, establishing the environmental regulations training
Section 2 provides the effective date.
Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs) are agricultural operations where
animals are kept and raised in confined situations. Feed is brought to
the animals rather than the animals grazing or otherwise seeking feed in
pastures, fields, or on rangeland. Concentrated Animal Feeding Oper-
ations (CAFOs) are AFOs that meet certain Environmental Protection Act
criteria. CAFOs make up approximately 15 percent of total AFOs. The
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the Department of Agri-
culture and Markets, the State Soil and Water Conservation Committee,
farmers, agribusiness, and other interested parties have worked together
to develop General Permits for CAFOs. These permits were generated to
help meet the business needs of farmers and assist CAFO owners or opera-
tors in complying with State and Federal water quality requirements.
Fines generated from CAFO violations are currently deposited in the
state's General Fund. DEC estimates that fines from CAFO violations
generate $100,000-$200,000 annually. This legislation will reinvest
fines paid for CAFO violations back into training and educational
programs for farmers regarding environmental regulations. By using this
revenue to foster awareness among owners and employees of a farming
operation of state environmental laws, the state achieves the dual goals
of promoting environmental conscientiousness while ensuring farmers are
afforded a business climate that fosters economic success. For these
reasons it is imperative that this bill is enacted.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
May 1, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. MAGEE -- read once and referred to the Committee
on Environmental Conservation
AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to
establishing a training program for owners and employees of farming
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a
2 new section 17-0307 to read as follows:
3 § 17-0307. Environmental regulations training program.
4 The commissioner shall establish a training program to foster aware-
5 ness among owners and employees of a farming operation of state environ-
6 mental laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the farming industry.
7 Notwithstanding any other law, rule or regulation to the contrary, all
8 fines collected pursuant to violations of part seven hundred fifty of
9 title six of the New York code of rules and regulations shall be under
10 the sole custody of the commissioner and shall be used for the sole
11 purpose of funding the training program established by this section.
12 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.