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A10607 Summary:

SPONSORRules (Lupardo)
COSPNSRBarrett, Rozic, Griffin, Buttenschon, Stern, McDonald, Cahill, Woerner, Magnarelli, Dickens, Thiele, Seawright, Galef, Reyes, Stirpe, Rosenthal L, Fahy, Simon, Gottfried, Lifton, Crouch, McDonough, Tague, Palmesano, Rodriguez, Bronson, Otis, Manktelow
Amd 16, Ag & Mkts L
Establishes a New York food supply working group to provide advice, guidance, and recommendations on New York's food supply and related supply chain logistics in the wake of COVID-19.
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A10607 Actions:

06/05/2020referred to agriculture
07/10/2020amend and recommit to agriculture
07/10/2020print number 10607a
07/13/2020reported referred to ways and means
07/17/2020reported referred to rules
07/20/2020rules report cal.211
07/20/2020ordered to third reading rules cal.211
07/21/2020passed assembly
07/21/2020delivered to senate
07/22/2020SUBSTITUTED FOR S8561A
07/22/20203RD READING CAL.923
11/20/2020delivered to governor
12/02/2020signed chap.316
12/02/2020approval memo.26
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A10607 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Rules (Lupardo)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to establishing a New York food supply working group   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to strengthen New York's farm and food system to increase the long-term resiliency and self-reliance of the system to respond to emergencies such as the Covid 19 pandemic and main- tain an adequate food supply to New Yorkers in a manner that benefits New York farms, food businesses, workers, and consumers.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would add a new subdivision 51 to section 16 of the Agricul- ture and Markets Law (AGM) authorizing the Commissioner of Agriculture and Market in coordination with the Commissioner of Economic Development to establish a New York food supply working group , including represen- tatives from farming, food processing, food retailing, foodservice, food wholesalers, food transporters, labor, emergency food providers, acade- mia, federal and state government, and any other groups the Commission- ers deem necessary, to hold roundtable meetings and develop a report with policy recommendations regarding the need for changes or new programs to strengthen the resiliency and self-reliance of the state's farm and food supply and related supply chain logistics, to prevent food shortages and food waste, and to overcome hurdles involved in getting agricultural products to markets and consumers.   JUSTIFICATION: The Covid-19 crisis and the State and federal response to it revealed problems in the State's food supply and markets for food producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers and consumers. The declared emergen- cies recognized that the farm and food industry were essential and need- ed to remain open and continue to operate. However, the infrastructure and supply chains for food were not prepared for the effects of dramatic changes in consumer purchases that resulted in: the inability of proces- sors and wholesalers to shift production in response to those changes; shortages of labor that not only impacted New York farms and-food busi- nesses but industries such as meat and poultry which are highly concen- trated in other states; retailers and foodservice that suddenly had to shift from on-site consumption to pickup and delivery and online order- ing; schools that were attempting to feed students remotely; and, over- whelming demand for emergency food while farm and food products were dumped because they could not be processed, packaged and delivered to emergency food providers, other food businesses or consumers. New York State's consumers, like much of the country, are heavily dependent on food imported from other states. As the food marketplace undergoes significant changes, our State needs to be prepared to strengthen food security to reduce our dependence on imported food in the long run, especially in preparation for emergencies. In addition, we need to provide support for the small businesses that will need to make signif- icant changes in their operations. This working group with stakeholders from all parts of the food system will help policymakers address these concerns.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill. FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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