S07453 Summary:

SAME ASNo same as
Amd SS174 & 169-d, Ag & Mkts L
Relates to collecting samples of diseased bees or hives for testing and analysis and requiring the apiary industry advisory committee to prepare a report regarding bee populations.
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S07453 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                    IN SENATE
                                      May 15, 2014
        Introduced  by  Sen.  GIPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture
        AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets  law,  in  relation  to  bee
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as  the  "honeybee
     2  infectious disease verification and eradication (HIVE) act".
     3    §  2.  Section  174  of  the agriculture and markets law is amended by
     4  adding a new subdivision 10 to read as follows:
     5    10. Any person who owns bees or  hives  known  or  determined  by  the
     6  commissioner  to  be  infested with, or exposed to, contagious or infec-
     7  tious diseases shall cause such samples of such  bees  or  hives  to  be
     8  placed  in  a  sealed container to be held for collection by the commis-
     9  sioner or his or her duly authorized representatives.  The  commissioner
    10  or his or her duly authorized representatives shall collect such samples
    11  for  the  purpose  of testing, analysis and record-keeping.  The commis-

    12  sioner shall maintain data on, as a minimum, the following:
    13    (a) the date such samples were acquired;
    14    (b) the location from which such samples were acquired;
    15    (c) the origin of the hive from which  such  samples  derive  and  all
    16  locations of such hive within the last five years;
    17    (d) the chain of custody the hive from which such samples derive;
    18    (e) the type of disease or diseases identified in the samples;
    19    (f)  the  name  and contact information of the person or business that
    20  supplied such samples; and
    21    (g) any further information deemed necessary by  the  apiary  industry
    22  advisory  committee  and/or the commissioner to assess the health of the
    23  wild and captive honey bee populations in the state.

    24    § 3. Section 169-d of the agriculture and markets law  is  amended  by
    25  adding a new subdivision 5 to read as follows:
    26    5.  The  advisory  committee  shall  prepare  a report on the wild and
    27  captive honey bee population in the state. Such report shall address  no
    28  fewer than the following issues related to such bee populations:
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    (a) the estimated total honey bee population;
     2    (b) seasonal behavior of bees;
     3    (c) movements of hives;

     4    (d) any causes of disruption in honey bee populations;
     5    (e)  data maintained and results of tests performed pursuant to subdi-
     6  vision ten of section one hundred seventy-four of this chapter;
     7    (f) agricultural, recreational, and other uses of the honey bee  popu-
     8  lation;
     9    (g) economic value and impact of the honey bee population;
    10    (h) the impact to the agriculture industry that results from a signif-
    11  icant decrease in the honey bee population; and
    12    (i) any other issues as determined by the commissioner.
    13  In  addition  to these issues, the report shall also include, as a mini-
    14  mum, the following:
    15    (i) a discussion of the impacts and causes of  diseases  and  ways  to
    16  alleviate them;

    17    (ii) the impact of chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides, indus-
    18  trial emissions and air quality on bees;
    19    (iii)  recommendations for further study and policy options to protect
    20  honey bee populations.
    21  Such report shall be completed no later than one year after  the  effec-
    22  tive  date  of  this  subdivision  and shall be updated every five years
    23  thereafter. Such report shall  be  maintained  on  the  website  of  the
    24  department  and  delivered  to the governor, the president of the senate
    25  and speaker of the assembly.
    26    § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
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