ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALTH
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Chapter 279 of the Laws of 1996 established State pesticide sales and use recordkeeping and reporting requirements and created the Health Research Science Board that has a variety of pesticide-related responsibilities, including reviewing requests for access to location-specific pesticide information. Chapter 279 also required the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to prepare an annual report summarizing pesticide sales and use.
There have been various criticisms of pesticide sales and use reporting including: the absence of a pesticide reporting law annual report since 2005; difficulties of researchers in accessing location-specific pesticide information; and inaccurate data reporting. The proposed 2014-15 State Budget included significant revisions to pesticide sales and use reporting requirements, but the enacted State Budget did not contain any reporting revisions. The purpose of this hearing is to examine ways to improve the effectiveness of the State's existing pesticide reporting laws, including the public availability of pesticide data and the role of the Health Research Science Board.
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