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A02469 Summary:

BILL NOA02469
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORHunter (MS)
 
COSPNSRWoerner, D'Urso, Magnarelli, Fahy, Lupardo, Galef, Cook, Colton, Raia, Williams, Hyndman, Palumbo, Blake
 
MLTSPNSRMcDonough, Palmesano, Thiele
 
Amd 9-1703, En Con L
 
Expands the definition of invasive species to include such species or pest organisms that are considered an infestation.
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A02469 Actions:

BILL NOA02469
 
01/22/2019referred to environmental conservation
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A02469 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A2469
 
SPONSOR: Hunter (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to invasive species   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Amends the environmental conservation law, in relation to invasive species   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends subdivision 10 of section 9-1703 of the environmental conservation law to clarify the definition of "invasive species" Section 2 of the bill provides for the effective date   JUSTIFICATION: Pursuant to the environmental conservation law, the definition of "inva- sive species" provides for a limited scope of those that are (a) nonna- tive to the ecosystem under consideration; and (b) whose introduction causes or is likely to cause environmental harm or harm to human health. While this definition has effectively allowed for State intervention regarding many species that pose financial and environmental harm to New York State including, but not limited to, the Asian long-horned beetle (insect), Dutch elm disease (pathogen), and the European oak bark beetle (insect), it does not address infestations that have had devastating impacts that are similar in nature. As such, this legislation will expand the definition of invasive species to include infestations that are large enough to be considered harmful and threatening to environ- mental and human health, including those by insects that carry vector- borne diseases including Lyme disease and West Nile Virus. West Nile Virus has seen a significant spread across the United States since early monitoring in 1999. Many of the initial outbreaks were found in New York State. The
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A02469 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          2469
 
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 22, 2019
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. HUNTER, WOERNER, D'URSO, MAGNARELLI, FAHY, LUPAR-
          DO,  GALEF,  COOK,  COLTON, RAIA, WILLIAMS, HYNDMAN, PALUMBO, BLAKE --
          Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. McDONOUGH, PALMESANO,  THIELE  --  read
          once and referred to the Committee on Environmental Conservation
 
        AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to inva-
          sive species
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Subdivision 10  of  section  9-1703  of  the  environmental
     2  conservation  law,  as  added  by  chapter  674  of the laws of 2007, is
     3  amended to read as follows:
     4    10. "Invasive species" means a species that is:
     5    (a) nonnative to the ecosystem under consideration; and
     6    (b) whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or  envi-
     7  ronmental  harm  or harm to human health. For the purposes of this para-
     8  graph, the harm must significantly outweigh any benefits; or
     9    (c) present in numbers that such species or pest organisms are consid-
    10  ered an infestation and large enough  to  be  harmful,  threatening,  or
    11  obnoxious  to  native  plants,  animals,  or  human health. These should
    12  include, but not be limited to, infestations related  to  the  prolifer-
    13  ation  of vector-borne diseases such as Lyme and tick-borne diseases and
    14  the West Nile virus.
    15    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD04963-01-9
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