A07275 Summary:

BILL NOA07275
 
SAME ASSAME AS S04962
 
SPONSORMagee
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
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.
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A07275 Actions:

BILL NOA07275
 
05/01/2015referred to environmental conservation
01/06/2016referred to environmental conservation
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A07275 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A7275
 
SPONSOR: Magee
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to establishing a training program for owners and employees of farming operations   PURPOSE: 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 program. Section 2 provides the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: 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.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A07275 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          7275
 
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                       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
          operations
 
          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.
                                                                   LBD09110-01-5
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